Parke County Visitors Center & Depot Trailhead
This project, located in Rockville, IN, aims to redesign the town’s information center. The center, located in what previously was a Vandalia Railroad Depot, houses tourism information for all Parke County. The railroad was active from its late 1800s construction until its abandonment in the early 1980s. The depot’s original architectural character remains intact, but the surrounding landscape of the site remains uninviting and underutilized.
The purpose of this project is to revitalize a local, historic landmark as the hub of recreational tourism. This will happen by defining connections to regional attractions via a pedestrian rail-to-trail greenway, in-turn facilitating local economic growth.
Partnering with local entities, including: The Covered Bridge Gateway Trail Association (CBGTA), Parke County Incorporated (PCI), The Parke County Community Foundation, Parke County Chamber of Commerce, Beechwood Park Board, Main Street, and The Town of Rockville was needed to create a conceptual plan and cost estimate for the site. The plan was recently submitted and was one of six awarded Place Based Investment Funding. We have been granted a 1:1 match of $50,000 toward construction by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Click here to view the press release from the Office of the Lt. Governor.