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Building a Better Batesville Recreation Expansion

Building a Better Batesville Recreation Expansion In August 2023, Batesville voters elected to improve recreation and water infrastructure through a special election. The Building a Better Batesville campaign has emphasized the importance of improving the quality of life in our community to attract and keep talented individuals, which is crucial for economic competitiveness.
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During the remainder of 2023, we will continue to refine plans for a signature Riverside Park and Downtown Plaza, aiming to benefit all residents. The initial master plan focuses on enhancing parks and recreation facilities to offer more social and recreational options, with an emphasis on the historical ecological significance of the White River. Input from community stakeholders and subject matter experts will ensure that recreation areas and facilities are tailored to meet the needs of users, offering upgraded amenities like playgrounds, sports courts, trails, picnic areas, and natural habitats. 

Our Approach

We have several exciting projects in the pipeline and need a variety of perspectives aimed at enhancing our quality of life, fostering inclusivity, and promoting recreation and culture. We are thrilled to invite community stakeholders and subject matter experts to be part of a transformative journey in our community's development. There are currently two different ways to engage:

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Features such as walking trails, bridges, pavilions, and recreational amenities to promote active living. 

Dr. Brian Shonk

Brigitte Eason

Brooke Stevenson

Jerrod Sandefur

Landon Downing

Micah Beard


This facility will be a hub for entertainment and economic growth, hosting concerts, sporting events, conventions, and more. 

Abby Perrine

Carrie Price

David Hutchison

Greg Mohlke

Michele VanWinkle

Rick Cesarski

A space designed to ignite the imagination and curiosity of our youngest residents, connecting them with the natural world. 

Alex Vericker

Amy Finster

Ashley Holmes

Briley Strecker

Candace Morrow

Kelsie Gillihan

Lindsey Burgess

Mary Katherine Hardin

Mitzi Hargan

Mychelle Spivey

Shelly Pfitzner

Stacy Pretty

Stacy Tebbetts

Multi-purpose courts for basketball, tennis, and other sports, promoting physical activity and friendly competition. 

Jessica Herring

Jeremy Porter

Jonathan Burgess

Kristie Jenkins

Nicole Floyd

William Reed

A facility for skateboarders and cyclists to practice their skills safely and an adjacent adrenaline-pumping destination with courses for other outdoor adventures. 

Brice Stephens

Haley Stephens

Lackey Moody

Lauren Stott

Kyle Christopher

Rachel Sowers

A dynamic public space that celebrates community culture and provides a gathering place for residents and visitors. 

Amanda Roberts

Beth Christian

Carly Dahl

Maggie Tipton-Smart

Robb Roberts

Tham Dayberry

Zach Perrine

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