RDL to promote locally-known treasures with Gateway to Outdoor Recreation Day
Greene County is home to many opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as Sunset Park, Greene-Sullivan State Forest, Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area, Shakamak State Park... but Michelle Burke of Rediscover Downtown Linton says that there are still local people and many out-of-towners who are unaware.
This Saturday, May 19, RDL will be holding a Gateway To Outdoor Recreation Day to help get the word out.
The event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Linton’s Humphreys Park, will feature booths from area businesses which will attempt to take advantage of opening day foot traffic from the Linton Farmer’s Market.
“Hopefully they’ll see something really cool that will draw their eye,” said Burke. “Hopefully we can pull people from that and get people out and about to see everything we do have."
Burke explained that these places and activities are locally-known to those who ask around, so this is RDL’s way of letting people everywhere know about what Greene County has to offer.
“If you ask about it, everyone will tell you,” said Burke. “But if you’re from Bloomington, you wouldn’t have a clue. We have so many out-of-town visitors and even locals who don’t know what Greene County has to offer, but our purpose is to get businesses in Greene County to share what they do to help draw people in.”
Burke said that RDL did not hold the event last year, but brought it back this year due to high demand. Shawnee Theatre and Friends of Goosepond are among those who have signed up for booth space, as well as possibly Shakamak State Park and Redbird. As part of the festivities at Gateway to Outdoor Recreation Day and the opening of the Linton Farmers Market, Miner Mini Golf at Humphreys Park will be open at 9 a.m. that morning. For the outdoor-oriented businesses who are unable to make it to the event, MutualBank has donated 200 bags in which RDL will put information to promote those businesses.
In addition to the existing businesses, RDL also hopes to promote the new Eagle’s Nest Cabins as well as the new cabins at Greene-Sullivan Forest.
Burke said RDL is trying to “cross ties with everybody and pull them under that umbrella to raise awareness about what we have through the county.”
Another way to get the word out, not only about the event but about all the outdoor recreational opportunities in the county, RDL has created a new Facebook page, “Gateway to Outdoor Recreation Day” (there is also an event page), on which people are encouraged to submit pictures of themselves and their families enjoying the various natural sites and outdoor activities around the county. So far, submissions have included mushroom-hunting adventures, afternoons fishing for bass and, of course, younger citizens simply enjoying the play equipment at Humphreys Park.
“We want to promote family outdoor-time and togetherness,” said Burke.
Organizers are still looking for Greene County businesses who would be interested in setting up a booth to help educate the community on all the options they have locally for exploring nature and the outdoors. Businesses should supply and set up their own 10x10 canopies. Those booths would also be allowed to promote their own businesses via pamphlets and other handouts for free, especially if that business is related to the outdoors.
For more information, contact either Michelle Burke at 812-798-1168, Karen Kittle at 812-890-1902, Vana Larson at 812-345-4560 or Genie Bowers at 812-798-9785.