Mayor John Hamilton Invites Community to Grand Opening of Switchyard Park

(BLOOMINGTON) – Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton and the City’s Parks and Recreation Department will officially open Switchyard Park, the city’s newest and largest park development project, the weekend of November 16 – 17.

Events will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Pavilion in the Switchyard Park and on Sunday throughout Switchyard Park.

All Switchyard Park grand opening events are free and open to the public.

Free parking is available at the main parking lot of Rogers Street.

Guest speakers at the public ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, November 16 include Mayor John Hamilton; Deputy Mayor Mick Renneisen; Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department Administrator Paula McDevitt; and representatives from the Bloomington Common Council and Bloomington Redevelopment Commission. 

On Sunday, November 17th the free festivities continue with live music, food trucks, and the activation of the park’s many game courts and activity stations.

The City of Bloomington purchased the former McDoel Switchyard on Bloomington’s south side in 2009, and began to develop a vision for its 57.2 acres.

The city collected input from residents, stakeholders, interest groups, environmental advocates, and neighboring property owners to develop a master plan to guide the development of Switchyard Park.

Weddle Brothers Building Group LLC was awarded a construction contract for Switchyard Park in April 2018, and members of the public gathered with elected officials to break ground on the new project on May 11, 2018.