Through cooperation with existing Parks and Recreation entities, to inventory existing recreational opportunities and determine future needs to serve unincorporated area of Noble County.
Readily accessible park facilities for the enjoyment of Noble County's citizens.
NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Welcome to the home of the Noble County Parks and Recreation Department. The NCPRD was created in 2011 to serve the residents of Noble County.
In November of 2007, after the adoption of the new Noble County Comprehensive Plan in June 2007, the idea for some kind of a county-wide effort to preserve and protect the county's many environmental and recreation assets was presented to Noble County Council members Don Moore and Mark Pankop, and Plan Director Steve Kirkpatrick. The proposal was well-received, and Steve sent out an initial request to a variety of individuals, that he thought would be interested, for feedback, and ideas, and then a county-wide task force was formed to brainstorm the idea. The initial responses were very encouraging!
The original task force met, periodically, for a couple of years, with a variety of individuals, and representatives from the LaGrange County Park Board, ACRES Land Trust, Wood-Land-Lakes, Noble County City and Town Park Board members, Noble County Council and Commissioners, and Plan Commission, etc. After getting over, and around, several obstacles along the way, the Noble County Department of Parks and Recreation was established in the Spring of 2010. In accordance with Indiana Code, I.C. 36-10-3, General Ordinance No. 2010-1 was passed unanimously by the Board of the Noble County Council on May 3, 2010. After that, the appointments for the initial Noble County Parks and Recreation Board were made and the first Board meeting was held on January 26, 2011. The meeting was facilitated by NC Council member Jerry Janson. The Board is comprised of six very dedicated individuals, from across the county, and we are very intent on fulfilling our responsibilities to the citizens of Noble County.
Ray Scott, President
Noble County Parks and Recreation Board
County Park Board’s “Take-A-Hike” Heads Southeast
Posted: August 4, 2015
With rain taking a break, participants in Noble County Parks and Recreation Board’s second “Take-A-Hike” event enjoyed blue skies for their nature hike. With more recreational facilities available in Noble County, the Board is continuing to explore and again invites residents throughout Noble County to another “Take-A-Hike”.
On the second Tuesday of each month from June through October, the Board is hosting “Take-A-Hike Tuesday”, a trail hike featuring an area trail. Each hike provides an opportunity to discover the hidden treasures of Noble County while getting some exercise and enjoying the scenery and company of other residents.
The third “Take-A-Hike” visits the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 6:30 pm. With 1,189 acres, this nature sanctuary provides unique geological features such as peat bogs, a marl pit, and glacial gravel formations. Observable management practices include wetland, prairie, and savanna restorations, as well as sustainable agriculture.
Trail maps will be available in the Farmstead and Learning Center trail heads for self-guided walking. A one-hour guided hike will be available at 7 p.m. beginning at the Farmstead Site. Restrooms at the Farmstead will be open until 8:30 p.m. Merry Lea does ask all visitors to sign in at the Learning Center, but there is no charge for this great opportunity.
Merry Lea can be found on County Road 500 West south of Wolf Lake. More information about the Learning Center can be found at http://merrylea.goshen.edu.
Two more hikes are schedules for this year: September 8 at the Ligonier Riverwalk and October 13 at Noble Trails’ Fishing Line Trail at Gene Stratton Porter near Rome City.
The Noble County Parks and Recreation Board was created in 2010 by the County Council in response to a recommendation in the 2007 Noble County Comprehensive Plan. After assessing the recreational assets throughout the County, the Board’s current mission is to promote the recreational opportunities that exist. In public input sessions in 2013 and 2014, citizens cited trails as the most desired recreational facility.
Questions about “Take-A-Hike Tuesday” should be addressed to Ray Scott, Noble County Parks and Recreation Board President, at 260-347-2210.
Welcome Kathy Hagen
Posted: April 2015
The Noble County Parks and Recreation Board would like to introduce Kathy Hagen as our newest Board member. As our Board is structured to provide representation throughout the County, we are pleased to have Kathy help us represent the interest of citizens from the Ligonier area.
Kathy replaces a founding Park Board member, Ray Collett. We wish Ray the best, and will miss his valuable input and knowledge.