Parks Department Is Excited For Jam Packed Weekend While “Challenging” The Community To Support!

November 3, 2021

RICHMOND, IN. – The Richmond Parks Department has a busy week ahead as they have multiple events and activities including Richmond Senior Recreation Center’s 60 Year Celebration Open House, the grand opening of the Richmond Winter Farmers Market, Richmond’s Annual Veterans Parade, in addition to participating in the Wayne County Foundation 2021 Challenge Match.

The Richmond Senior Recreation Center was originally dedicated as Southview Elementary School, and this year it’s turning 60. To celebrate the occasion, the Senior Recreation Center is inviting the public to a free open house on Friday, November 5th between 11am-2pm that will include games, door prizes, facility tours, and an open-house style complimentary lunch, while supplies last. The event schedule is as follows:

  • 11:30am: Lunch by Forest Park Health Campus
  • 12:00pm: CAKE by Arbor Trace
  • 12:30pm: Serenity Garden Dedication
  • 1:00pm: Bingo with prizes By Neighborhood Health Center - 10 games
  • 2:00pm: Door Prize and 50/50 raffle drawings. Sponsored by the Senior Club Council and Stateline Medical Equipment 

The Parks Department is also gearing up to celebrate the community's veterans at the 13th Annual Veterans Parade on Saturday, November 6th starting at 12pm. The parade will go down East Main Street beginning at 11th Street and ending at 4th Street. The emcee will be G101.3’s Rick Duncan located at 10th Street. This event will take place rain or shine, and if you would like to participate in the parade, contact the Parks office at 765-983-PARK.

Before you head out to the Veterans Parade, be sure to stop by the grand opening of the Winter Farmers Market at the Starr Gennett Building between 9am-12pm, sponsored by First Bank. The Richmond Farmers Market is one of three year-round markets in Indiana, and provides the community with fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, dairy, honey, bread, handmade art, pottery, leather goods, kitchenware and more!  The Farmers Market would like to extend a special invitation to Veterans to visit the market prior to the parade, and enter a raffle to win a free Farmers Market basket filled with items provided by market vendors.

While you are out supporting these great events, remember the Parks Department has been chosen by the Wayne County Foundation to participate in the 2021 Challenge Match Program. During this time the Parks Department works extremely hard to try and fund everything their annual tax allocation budget does not cover including:

  • Events 
  • Programs 
  • Overages & Contingencies
  • New exciting improvements for your parks
  • Richmond Farmers Market 
  • Unexpected repairs to community loved park amenities like playgrounds, the pool, and more 

Parks Superintendent Denise Retz says, “Parks have played a crucial role during this pandemic. Mental health and well-being is essential and parks and recreation has taken a front seat to get our community outside and active. We love and support our community and want to continue these efforts while doing more and serving more. Please consider supporting Parks during the Wayne County Challenge Match to maximize your donation and what we can do for YOU.”

The Challenge Match gives participating non-profit organizations the chance to secure a dollar-for-dollar match from the Foundation, up to $1,000 per donation. If you would like to support the Parks Department during the 2021 Challenge Match you can:

  • Drop off your donation dated November 1-9 at the Parks office in Glen Miller Park (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm)
  • Donate by mail postmarked by 11/9
  • Donate online at the Wayne County Foundation website, select the donate button, and choose Richmond Parks and Recreation

The Parks Department says that they appreciate all donations, and that donations will be used as efficiently as possible or with the donor’s desires within the parks system in mind.  

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The mission of the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department is to provide for the positive development and well-being of the Richmond community through the provision of parks, greenways, trails and recreational programming and facilities while working in cooperation with other service providers and partners in the community to maximize all available resources.

For questions, imagery, or for media requests, please reach out via the contact details below.

Alyssa Soria

Richmond Parks and Recreation

Recreation Programming and Events Coordinator


Denise Retz, CPRP

Richmond Parks and Recreation


50 North 5th Street    | E:

Richmond, IN 47374 | T: 765-983-PARK

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