NORTH SALEM —
Food and refreshments also will be for sale.
"We're hoping to use every corner of the park and make it one of the most well-rounded things we've ever done," Gilbert said.
It's not just McCloud that's celebrating a birthday. An iron Bolted Warren Through-truss bridge spanning Big Walnut Creek in the park turns 100 this year. It was originally built in 1913 and spanned Big Monon Ditch in Pulaski County. Eventually it was retired and abandoned in a field. After Hendricks County officials learned that their Pulaski counterparts were going to raze the structure, they set about rescuing the bridge. In 2010 it was installed over Big Walnut Creek in McCloud, giving park visitors access to an additional 110 acres of woodlands and trails on the park's north side.
Even after 10 years, Gilbert says they still encounter many people who are just finding out about McCloud.
"We have a loyal following of people who know it and love it, but it's still being discovered every week," she said. "We're trying to get the word out to reach more areas, because it is a little bit hidden."
The luxury of this event is that people can participate in structured activities or self-guided stuff at their own pace.
"We invite families to come out and tailor it to what they're interested in and celebrate the park with us," Gilbert said.
Admission is free to the anniversary celebration. McCloud is five minutes south of North Salem at 8518 N. Hughes Road. For more information, including a schedule, visit the website HendricksCountyParks.org.