graphicNature lovers will want to explore the beauty of Fayette County, from the white-fenced farms to the virgin forest of Shrader Weaver Nature Preserve. You’ll find a family-friendly environment where young and old alike come to appreciate the wonders of the outdoors.

Robert’s Park is the gathering place for family fun year-round. A trip to the park may find you at the American Legion Fourth of July Fireworks, the Fayette County Free Fair, or any number of special events held there throughout the year. Family reunions, kite flying, and sunny summer days at the park are all part of life in Connersville. Robert’s Park offers tennis and basketball courts, horseshoes, picnic and playground facilities, an outdoor swimming pool, women’s softball field and an amphitheater. Longwood Bridge, Fayette County’s last surviving covered bridge, built in 1880, was restored and relocated to the park and now serves as a community landmark.

Babe Ruth Park is home to tournament quality baseball fields and two Babe Ruth World Series. The Babe Ruth Association will host their second Babe Ruth World Series in 2002.

Slated for opening by 2003 is a new 53,000-square-foot community recreation center. The center will include an indoor aquatic center with tournament-size pool and a therapy pool, a field house with four indoor sports courts including tournament quality tennis courts, and a privately operated wellness and rehab center.

graphicThree outdoor nature areas give folks a chance to "get away from it all." Manlove Park is operated by the Fayette County Conservation Club. It boasts an 18-acre pond, 123 acres of campgrounds, hiking trails, a horse track, nature center and lodge.

Shrader Weaver Nature Preserve is 107 acres of virgin forest recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a natural land. A remnant of Midwest history and a place of quiet, nature trails wind through the property with few other indications of human activity. Philip Shrader’s 1830 home is preserved on this site.

Bird watchers from around the tri-state area converge on Fayette County every year for the Indiana Audubon Society’s annual meeting at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary. These 654 acres of wooded land were donated to the Audubon Society by a local family over 100 years ago and later became the State Headquarters for the Society. Open year-round to the public, it features hiking trails, ponds, shelter and picnic areas, a nature center and library.

A short drive from Connersville is Brookville Lake. Built by the Army Corps of Engineers as a flood control project, the 18-mile-long lake offers great recreation opportunities for area residents. The 5,260-acre lake is recognized for boating, skiing, fishing and swimming. The State Recreation Area offers family camping, hiking trails, hunting in season, picnicking, and two beaches.

Just "up the road" from Brookville Lake is Whitewater State Park featuring a 200-acre lake. A more serene park, boating is restricted to trolling, canoeing and sailing. A popular summer spot, the park offers a beach area, cabins, 273 Class-A campsites, a horseman’s camp, bridle trails, hiking and biking trails and cultural arts programs throughout the summer season.

Golfers and duffers alike can tee up at several area golf courses. The Connersville Country Club is semi-private and features an 18-hole golf course and other amenities. Public courses are just minutes away.

From spectator to player, people in Connersville enjoy the competitiveness and fun of community youth and adult athletic leagues year-round. Baseball/softball, basketball, and bowling leagues are available for youth through adult. Young people can participate in football and soccer leagues and the local swim club, while adults can match up for volleyball. Recreation is part of life in Connersville and it’s a good part of life.

 

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