On August 28, Zionsville Parks and Recreation and several community partners will host Creekfest, an annual cleanup and celebration of Eagle Creek, which runs through town and supplies most residents with clean drinking water.
“Creekfest is an opportunity for residents to get involved in their drinking water – Eagle Creek”, Zionsville Supt. of parks and recreation, said Jarod Logsdon. “We go out and do a stream cleanup, and it’s an educational opportunity. It’s just an opportunity for the community to come together, celebrate and share the preservation and restoration of one of its most important resources. It’s time to celebrate streams, waterways and their importance in our daily lives.
In addition to cleaning the creek, Creekfest includes a festival at Elm Street Green, a park in Zionsville at 165 N. Elm St., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 28. The festival will include live music, a duck race, water and conservation-related activities, kayaking demonstrations, stomping a stream, Indiana Department of Natural Resources bass casting station and more. family activities.
Volunteers must register online in advance for the creek clean-up, which begins at 9 a.m. Cleanup will be limited to 100 volunteers due to the pandemic. Each year the event focuses on cleaning up different sections of Eagle Creek. This year, volunteers will focus on cleaning up the section from Creekside Nature Park to Zionsville Golf Course.
Creekfest began in 2013 with a creek cleanup and 40 volunteers. Over 7,000 pounds of trash has been collected since the creek cleanup began.
“Eagle Creek empties into the reservoir, where it is used for drinking water in Zionsville and other areas,” Logsdon said. “By targeting sections of the stream and removing trash, waste, it will create better quality (drinkable) water and reduce pollution in our water.”
Logsdon said tires and metals are often part of the debris cleaned up during the event.
“The parks department also continues to stabilize our riverbanks and reduce erosion, so it’s our effort to improve water quality, but citizens also have the opportunity to increase that as well,” Logsdon said.
Zionsville Recreation Services Manager Mindy Murdock said the majority of the city’s parks are “natural.”
“We left it that way, but even if it hasn’t, like an area like Mulberry Fields, we’re trying to find areas where we can put that natural habitat back,” Murdock said. “So for us it’s important that the community understands our natural habitats here in Zionsville and central Indiana. To keep these areas healthy, it keeps us healthy since we are part of nature. Drinking water affects us, so does the air and everything in between.
Murdock said Creekfest helps showcase Eagle Creek, which she says most people ride on Willow Road without realizing it ends up being safe drinking water for most of those who don’t shoot. their water from a well.
Creekfest is a partnership between the Zionsville Department of Parks and Recreation and the Zionsville Department of Public Works, the Boone County Solid Waste Management District and Zionsville resident Todd Settle, who is the originator of the idea of the event.
To learn more, visit zionsville-in.gov/598/Special-Events.
Back after last year’s break
Creekfest 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, however, city officials believe conditions are safe enough to hold the event outdoors.
“In 2020 we had to pivot, and with the resources and the schedule, we decided it wasn’t a good fit,” said the Zionsville superintendent. of parks and recreation, said Jarod Logsdon. “Now that vaccination rates are on the rise and this is an outdoor event, we can safely host it while still allowing for this well-known community gathering. “
Logsdon said some features of the event will change due to the pandemic, such as lunches served in individual packages.
“We always take precautions,” said Zionsville Recreation Services Manager Mindy Murdock. “The number of people who have come to our parks has grown exponentially over the past 18 months, and we have a lot of people who have asked what they can do to help.
“Some did not know that this park was there, so we can offer that to them and give them the opportunity to help and maybe bring people to Elm Street Green who have never been there before.”