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Park Planning
Park Planning

Porter County Parks and Recreation values your input. No park plan is complete without broad and meaningful participation from the public and various interest groups. 

If you have any ideas, questions, comments or concerns, contact our Parks Planner Ray Joseph at .


Park Plans

Park master plans provide the public a way to help determine the best uses for a specific site and to optimize the management of the parks resources. Park Staff uses your input, combined with analyses of current trends and future needs identified in the Porter County Parks and Recreation 2012 Comprehensive Master Plan, to help craft a long-range blueprint for use of a park.  

Master Plans

2012 Porter County Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan 

2011 Brincka Cross Gardens County Park Master Plan 

2011 Brookdale Master County Park Master Plan 

1996 Sunset Hill Farm County Park Master Plan 


Current Projects

Sunset HIll Farm County Park: Pond and Prairie Restoration
Prairie: The South Prairie Restoration Project will enhance the public experience at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. Upon completion, the project will improve wildlife habitat, water quality and environmental education.

The project area is home to myriad of birds, mammals, invertebrates and plant species. The principle goal of the project is to improve this habitat.

The restoration of the South Prairie will not only allow improvement to the area and appeal to more species to the site; it will also attract professional and amateur animals and bird lovers to Sunset Hill County Farm to enjoy their presence.

Pond: “No-Can-Do” Pond is a highlight of the Sunset Hill Farm County Park experience. Created in the 1950’s as a way to provide for fire protection to the property, it now provides year round as well as migratory habitat to a diverse set of birds, mammals, arthropods and insects.

Unfortunately the pond was never designed or maintained properly and is now over run with invasive species. The goal of the project is to remove the non-native exotic species, replace them with native plantings, enlist and educate the public in the process and train our local staff to care and manage the site properly for the future.


Sunset Hill Farm County Park: Children's Natural Garden and Playground 
A natural playground is an area in which kids can play with natural elements such as sand, water, wood and living plants. A natural playground mimics the natural environment and encourages exposure to the natural world. A natural playground looks quite different from a traditional playground. Natural playgrounds encourage children to use their imagination while experiencing the smells and textures of the natural world. Then natural playground is less costly than a traditional playground and environmentally friendly. 

Porter County Parks and Recreation intents to design, survey and construct a green, sustainable natural playground that is ADA accessible that is also cognitively and physically challenging. 


Brinka Cross Gardens County Park: Planning and Engineering Trails 
Porter County Parks and Recreation is currently implementing the 2011 Master Plan for Brincka Cross Gardens through the design and engineering of a non-motorized trail, trail head(s), signage and other supporting facilities.

The project includes incorporating stakeholder and public input to develop approximately 1.6 miles of new ADA accessible trails. The project will result in a full set of construction documents that will be put out to public bid.