Living in Greencastle Offers a Wide Range of Amenities

DePauw University

Located in the center of Greencastle, the main campus features 36 major buildings on 175 acres of landscaped grounds. Several buildings, such as historic East College, built in 1877, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors and the community are welcome to visit and enjoy the facilities, speakers, arts programs, and NCAA Division III sporting events. See: www.depauw.edu

DePauw University – Cultural Highlights

For current calendar see: www.depauw.edu/arts/

During the academic year, the university brings a wide range of speakers and performers to campus. Past visitors have included Tony Blair, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Colin Powell. Performers have included the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Yo-Yo Ma.

DePauw now has an “All Arts Pass” available for access to all on campus arts events.

School of Music – Student Performances and Recitals

Theater Department – Plays and Performances

Art Department – Student Exhibits

Ubben Lecture Series – Global leaders on campus

Performing Arts Series – Leading performers on campus

Kelly Writer Series – Leading writers on campus

Film Studies Series – Topical films brought to campus

Music on the Square

Richard E. Peeler Art Gallery

Green Center for the Performing Arts

The Prindle Institute for Ethics

Putnam County Library

Located in Greencastle, this facility underwent a $2.5 million expansion project in 1995 and renovation of the children’s room more recently.  The collection of 45,000 volumes and 175 periodicals is available at the library or through the bookmobile.

Putnam County Playhouse

Started in 1962, this summer stock, all volunteer organization, produces four plays each summer.  Productions range from drama to comedy to musicals.  Special programs are offered each summer for children.

Clover Meadows Golf Course

Eighteen hole, Par 72, 6,126 yard public course.

Old Hickory Golf Course

Eighteen hole, Par 72, 5,805 yard public course with a pro shop and “The Links” restaurant.

Windy Hill County Club

Nine hole, private, country club with clubhouse, pro shop, and banquet facilities.  Open to the public on a limited schedule.

Robe Ann Park

A twenty-five acre City of Greencastle park featuring an Olympic size swimming pool with water slide and diving well, the Emerald Palace super playground, picnic areas, lighted ball diamond, and lighted tennis courts.

Big Walnut Sports Park

This 80 acre park is owned and operated jointly by the City of Greencastle and by a not-for-profit corporation.  The park features ball diamonds, soccer fields,  a  loop trail, disc golf, and picnic areas.  Several fields are lighted for evening use.

DePauw University Nature Park

In September of 2003, DePauw University announced the acquisition of over 520 acres west of campus to develop a nature park.  The property lies along Big Walnut Creek providing the opportunity for hiking, rock climbing, canoeing and a host of outdoor educational activities.

The park features 8.7 miles of trails, a welcome center, a field station, an amphitheater, and the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics.

Jaycee Park

This twenty-two acre park features a fishing pond, picnic areas, and a shelter house.  The park is owned by the City of Greencastle.

People Pathways

People Pathways is a network of 8.8 miles of dedicated trails and additional signed shared routes in and around Greencastle that also links to neighboring communities.  Trial highlights include the Greencastle to Fillmore Trail, the Sports Park link from the east side of Greencastle to Big Walnut Sports Park, a loop trail at Big Walnut Sport Park and the Albin Pond Trail.  Nearly $2 million has been committed for the development of this trail system to date.

Additional trails are under construction and being planned for the future.  Linkages will be created with existing trail systems in Hendricks County and Clay County.

Lieber State Recreation Area – Cagles Mill Lake

Located in southern Putnam County, this eight-thousand acre state park features a 1,500 acre lake, campsites, swimming beach, swimming pool, and picnic areas.  The park is accessible from SR 243 and US 231.  Three other state parks and a state forest are within a forty minute drive of Putnam County.

Deer Creek Fish and Wildlife Area

In 2011, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources opened the new Deer Creek Fish and Wildlife area near Putnamville.  This 2,000 acre park features excellent hunting, fishing, and hiking.

Area Lakes

Putnam County features several lakes available for recreational boating, swimming, and fishing.  These lakes include Cataract, Cecil Hardin, Waveland, Edgewood, Glenn Flint, Heritage, and Van Bibber.  Several of the lakes, such as Heritage Lake, offer a wide variety of waterfront home sites.

 Motorsports

Putnam County features two race tracks including Lincoln Park Speedway (www.lincolnparkspeedway.com) for sprint cars and modifieds.  The Putnam Park Road Course (www.putnampark.com) is open for private sports car and road course events.  In Indianapolis, one can attend the Indianapolis 500 or the Brickyard 400 (www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com).

Indianapolis

Less than one hour away, Indianapolis hosts a wide range of amenities including the arts, concerts, museums, sports, shopping, and theater.  Highlights include the Indianapolis Symphony, the Indianapolis Art Museum, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Indiana State Museum, the NCAA Hall of Fame, the Children’s Museum, and Conner Prairie, a living history museum.  Professional sports teams include the NFL Colts, NBA Pacers, WBA Fever, Indianapolis Indians baseball, and others.

Indianapolis Symphony

Indianapolis Art Museum

Indianapolis Zoo

Indiana State Museum

NCAA Hall of Champions

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis      

Terre Haute Children’s Museum 

Indianapolis Colts  

Indiana Pacers

Indiana Fever

Indianapolis Indians

Indy Eleven Soccer

Mansfield Roller Mill