Trails in Indiana

Will Detmer Park Opens in Monroe County

 For those who connect with trails in Bloomington, Monroe County’s latest enhancement allows one to walk, bike, garden, play basketball and will serve as a future trailhead. 

On October 21, 2012,  a ribbon cutting officially opened the 18 acre Will Detmer Park, 4140 W. Vernal Pike on Bloomington’s west side.   A place for everyone to invest time in the outdoors, the park features community gardens, a basketball court, shelter, and playground.  The park also features a half acre pond surrounded by a trail loop that winds around the northern area of the park.  



Another trail in front of Detmer Park allows one to travel almost from Highway 37, east of the park westward along Vernal Pike to Curry Pike.   

According to Chuck Stephenson, Administrator of Monroe County Parks, bids will be received for the approximately four miles of trail planned to connect  Karst Farm Park to the south to Vernal Pike very near to Detmer Park.   

Another trail segment remains waiting for future development from Curry Pike to Loesch Rd.  A trail currently extends from Loesch Rd to the new YMCA and hopes are to connect the proposed greenway over/under the IN- 37/I -69 hwy and connect to the B-Line, Bloomington’s signature rail-trail.  

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Many thanks to Chuck Stephenson and Jason Eakin of Monroe County Planning for editorial and graphics contributions.