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About Willard Park

Willard Park is located on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis and sits on 10.72 acres. This park is named after William Willard, founder of the Indiana School for the Deaf. Willard himself was deaf and was both principal and teacher at the school, which was located on the grounds from 1850 to 1911. The Indiana School for the Deaf was the first in the country to provide education for the hearing impaired at no cost to students and their families. Though it has since moved, the school still operates and serves the local Indianapolis community.  

Willard Park recently underwent a renovation funded by an Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Grant and the Indianapolis Park Foundation. Updated amenities include a large picnic shelter, playground equipment, park benches under shade trees, an aquatic center with a pool and splash pad, a soccer field, two basketball courts, and a new skatepark. There’s fun for the whole family in this urban Indy Park! 

Willard Park will receive a new playground in 2024 with funding from the American Rescue Plan.

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