Written By Stephanie Greenwald
Squeals, screams and laughter fill the air at this 77-acre park in Noblesville. You could easily spend all day exploring and playing in this outdoor fun land.
About Dillon Park
Dr. James A. Dillon park offers something for everyone. Determine your activity for the day and this will help you decide where to park; there are three parking lots to choose from. Near each lot are wheelchair accessible bathrooms with changing tables, water fountains, and paved walkways which connect you to all other areas of the park.
Dillon Park Event Pavilion
The event pavilion (6351 Midland Lane) hosts summer concerts on its massive lawn with room enough for 4,000 people to spread out stay socially distant while enjoying open air concerts most Thursday evenings through the summer. The complete summer concert schedule is available on their website.
This area of the park also offers restrooms and drinking fountains for two- and four-legged friends.
Activities at Dillon Park
This is also the best place to park if you plan on playing a round or two of disc golf. You can find the first tee of this 18 hole course just to the west of the pavilion. The disc golf course offers tees in both open and wooded areas, well maintained mounds and buffalo grass. A few tees even surround a pond. Here you will play on concrete tees and DISCatcher holes. The course also has duel tees and alternate pin locations. Yardage is posted at each pad. Check out www.discgolfscene.com for info on tournaments and group meetings.
Dillon Park Skate Park
Noblesville has a pretty cool Skate park where the little and big kids in your world can shred their boards (or skates and bikes). Here you can find a three level concrete park with stairs, railslides, bowls, and more. Perfect your alley-oop at this extreme sports complex.
There are find benches and a concrete wall to sit and watch if you are not participating. Restrooms and drinking fountains are available here as well. The Dillon Park Skate park can be found at 6001 Edenshall Lane. If you want to walk a paved path from the playground to the parking lot, we suggest setting your GPS device to “Dillon Park Skate park” to get to the best spot.
Dillon Park Playground
The Splash pad parking lot (6001 Edenshall Lane) is the best bet if you’re looking for all the typical park activities. Here you will find mature trees surrounding a mulch covered playground. Toddlers attractions at the playground include multiple slides, a companion swing, things that spin and wobble, things they can climb up and slide down, and lots of space to run around.
The other end of the playground is geared for the bigger kids. There is a huge curly slide, and plenty of contraptions to balance on, climb up, and spin on. This is also where you will find the Gaga Ball pit. Gaga Ball has become a popular game for school aged kids and it is really easy to just jump in and join a game in progress.
Splash Pad at Dillon Park
The splash pad includes a lot of sprinkler and spray type features timed at different intervals. The kids will love running and splashing through the cool water. The Splash Pad usually runs from Memorial Day thru Labor Day but has been known to stay active until October.
Drinking fountains and restrooms with changing tables and handicap stalls, along with a soda vending machine are next to the splash pad. Plenty of picnic tables can be found under the covered, open air pavilion as well as a charcoal grill suitable for all your hot dog cooking needs.
Trails at Dillon Park
Dividing the two playgrounds and throughout the park you find a wide, paved trail perfect for bikes, scooters, strollers, and wheelchairs. Using these trails you can access every other feature in the park.
Follow the paved trail towards the parking lot entrance and you will find a Little Free Library with benches surrounded by landscaped flower beds.
Just south of the pavilion are three athletic fields. Throughout the summer you may find summer camps running obstacles or playing a game. To rent a field for your event or team building flag football visit www.cityofnoblesville.org. Dillon Park even has a concession stand you can make available for your event.
Creek Stomping at Dillon Park
Kirkendall Creek runs through the park so expect to do some creek stomping. You may find minnow, wildlife, and we have even seen snakes! Most of the creek is easy to maneuver through, deeper pockets may appear after a good rain. You will find fallen trees and plenty of rocks to trek across.
Access to the creek is not really marked; just find the dirt trail, running next to the paved trail near the playground, and find a clearing to enter the water. If you stick to the paved trail and head towards the skate park from the playground, you will find a little bridge going over the creek. This is a popular spot to creek stomp, collect shells and throw rocks. Stomp your feet and splash your friends.
More to do at Dillon Park
Between the creek stomping, playgrounds, splash pad, disc golf and skate park we are certain you will find plenty to fill your day with fun. If you are still looking for something in the area just less than ten minutes North East to Spencer Farms. Depending on what time of year you visit you may be able to berry pick, shop for fresh produce and ice cream or visit their family-friendly winery.
6001 Edenshall Lane