Staying Fit at Geist: Flat Fork Creek Park
Writer / Jimmy Girot III
Fitness can be monotonous, a reality that often leads to plateau and can even derail a regimen entirely. One of the best ways to stay interested, keep your fitness regimen fresh and achieve sustainable results is to get outside of the gym.
Thankfully for Geist residents, alternative opportunities for physical activity are plentiful. One of the newest locations to stay fit at Geist is Flat Fork Creek Park. I asked Tony Elliot, Director of Fishers Parks and Recreation, for some background and insight on Flat Fork Creek Park.
How did the idea for Flat Fork Creek Park begin?
“Flat Fork Creek Park was born out of the desire to add parkland and ultimately provide new, unique amenities for residents. Fishers has many traditional active and passive parks, and Flat Fork Creek Park is a hybrid. On one hand, the park provides opportunities for interaction with the natural environment similar to a passive park. On the other hand, the park includes many opportunities for adventure and exploration, characteristics of an active park.
“We aimed to include opportunities completely new within Fishers park system – mountain biking, sledding, tree houses and a fishing pond. The park has many features that are also ADA-accessible, including one of the treehouses, the hiking path and even the sledding hill. Ultimately, Flat Fork Creek Park is the intersection of the natural environment and adventure.”
Are there any more development plans for Flat Fork Creek Park?
“Flat Fork Creek Park is adjacent to a 20-acre parcel (at the corner of 101st and Cyntheanne Rd.) that will eventually be developed as part of the park. The property will also include more bike and walking trail mileage over the next couple years. With adjacent neighborhoods being built around the park, connectivity of Flat Fork Creek Park and the residential areas will be a key focus.”
Can you speak to the importance of health and fitness for our community?
“Hamilton County continues to be named one of the healthiest counties in the state, and part of our goal as a parks department is finding enjoyable ways for residents of all ages and ability levels to enjoy exercise and outdoor recreation.”