Fishers to Open New Park in Geist
Fishers is set to open a new, one-of-a-kind destination park in the Geist area this spring.
It’s called Flat Fork Creek Park, located on what used to be 80 acres of farmland at 101st and Cyntheanne Road, just east of Geist Reservoir.
“We are very excited about this park,” says Fishers Parks and Recreation Director Tony Elliott. “I think it will be a great addition to this community and a draw from all around including Lawrence, Pendleton, Carmel and Indianapolis.”
The sledding hill is will open next year, a 60-acre phase of the park. Another 20 acres will be green space used for reforestation efforts and will complete the park. A grand opening of the park is planned for spring.
Elliott says one special feature of the park is that the sledding hill and boardwalk are wheelchair accessible, so much so that somebody in a wheelchair can see as much of the park as a child in a stroller.
“Also the trails are a little different,” says Elliott. “Where most parks want you to stay on the trails so as not to damage nature, this park wants you to get off the trail and explore!”
The park was a promise to Geist when it was annexed by Fishers and the town budgeted $3.5 million for the project. Elliott says officials saved some taxpayer money by inviting local developers to dump fill dirt at the park to build the sledding hill. “About 100,000 cubic feet of dirt was dumped on the site,” said Elliot. “It saved us buying dirt.”
And what happens if we don’t get snow? “Good question! We looked into the cost of making snow like a ski resort,” says Elliot. “But not sure yet. We are also looking at additional lighting since it gets dark so early here in the winter.”