Written by Jessica Deubner
Kephart Park is open in Bargersville! The Center Grove and Bargersville area of the Southside has been rapidly expanding over the last several years. Now Bargersville has a brand new park that your family is going to want to check out. Kephart Park in Bargersville covers 19 acres and brings an exciting new playground and splash pad to the Southside. This brightly-colored, modern park is full of equipment to help your kids burn off that extra energy.
Climb to New Heights at the Kephart Park Playground
Kephart Park has a rubberized surface under all the playground equipment and a few hills covered in turf. You can find a fun bumpy slide built into the turf hill near the area for toddlers and younger children. Next to this is a smaller climbing structure with toddler-friendly slides and even a bouncy bridge to walk across. A parent-and-baby swing and two regular swings are also in this area.
As you make your way to the taller climbing structure, you will find more swings including an accessible swing. A merry-go-round where the kids have a blast spinning is also in this section. The big climbing structure rises three levels and features seven slides! The tallest slides are curvy and the largest has three big turns. To access each level, kids climb up nets and use ropes to make their way to the next platform. In the middle of the climbing structure is an area with ropes and metal bars perfect for kids who love to climb.
Get Drenched by the Giant Cup at the Splash Pad
The splash pad is on a large concrete slab with plenty of different water features to keep kids entertained. Kids can run through a water tunnel, use sprayers to shoot water across the splash pad, stand under waterfalls, and step on jets.
The epicenter of the splash pad is the large red cup in the middle. Groups of kids flock to stand directly under the giant water splash. Squeals of delight echo throughout the park each time the giant cup drops. This also creates a nice large puddle, perfect for splashing in until it dumps again.
The splash pad has two water series settings that can be turned on and changed by the brown posts on opposite edges of the splash pad. My kids loved how interactive the splash pad is. You can move and turn many of the water features.
Pack a Picnic and Relax Under the Shelters
This park has a lot to do, so plan to bring a picnic lunch or at least some snacks. We spent several hours here and easily could have spent more time if we had brought a picnic with us. There are two shelters at the park with picnic tables and a charcoal grill available. Note there are no electrical outlets in the shelters. One shelter is near the splash pad and the other is closer to the playground and pickleball courts.
There are benches around the perimeter of the park so that you can watch your kids play. There are a few that have a shaded cover. These shaded spots can fill up quickly, so be sure to pack a blanket to find a shady spot near the trees or pack an umbrella to make your own shade.
Play a Pickup Game of Pickleball
Have you ever played pickleball? You may have seen people playing at a park near you. Pickleball has become wildly popular with rec leagues forming all over the country. The game is fun and allows you to get your body moving.
Kephart Park has a lovely facility that has eight courts fenced in with bleacher seating along the perimeter on one side. Organize your own tournament or just play a pick-up game with friends. The brand-new courts are eye-catching, inviting, and sure to draw a crowd once word gets out.
Parking and Other Amenities
When you turn into the parking lot, you will notice that there is plenty of parking. You can choose to park closer to the pickleball courts or near the splash pad. As you walk up near the splash pad, you will find three single-stall restrooms stocked with soap and hand dryers. Water fountains are also available in case you need to refill your water bottle.
Nearby neighborhoods can enjoy a paved walking and bike path that leads directly to the park. A path winds all along the outside of the splash pad and playground making it easy for you to walk around and keep an eye on all the fun your children are having.
Center Grove and Bargersville
Are you looking for more things to do in Center Grove and Bargersville? Lucky for you, this is an extremely family-friendly area with lots of great places to check out. If you would like to explore more parks, you can visit Independence Park in Center Grove which was recently renovated and features great accessible equipment so that all kids can play. You can also travel to nearby Greenwood or Franklin for even more park options.
Hungry? This area also features great restaurants, bakeries, and ice cream shops if you need to grab a bite or pick up a sweet treat after all that playing.
My kids are already asking when they can go back to play again at Kephart Park. They loved the large splash pad and enjoyed all of the playground equipment. My daughter said her favorite part was the climbing ropes and the water sprayers. My son raved about the giant cup and could not get dumped on enough times. He also loved that there was enough space to bring a ball to play catch with friends. Tag us in your adventures with the hashtag #PLAYindy so we can see all of the fun your family is having.
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