Renovation Project

Frances Wooden Northside Park to receive updates, requests community input


The Frances Wooden Northside Park will be receiving a full update to the facility next year, with construction tentatively starting in the spring. The project will be funded by an anonymous donor through the Montgomery County Community Foundation and the city of Crawfordsville.

Planning for this project started earlier this year, and the City and MCCF are working to finalize the last of the project specifics before moving forward. Frances Wooden Northside Park is located by the historic Bethel AME Church in Crawfordsville and has ties to the Underground Railroad.

“We are very fortunate to have the generosity of our anonymous donor to help bring this project to life,” said Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton. “The City and community leaders are committed to improving community parks around Crawfordsville. This project is especially significant due to the rich and important tie it has to the history of the Underground Railroad, and we want to make sure that we acknowledge that past while also creating a great space for community members to enjoy.”

There will be a public input meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel AME Church, 213 W. North St., to give community members the opportunity to view park plans, hear from community leaders on the project scope and provide their input. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

“We’re excited to be involved in another park project after seeing the success and impact of the Kathy Steele Park renovation last year,” said Montgomery County Community Foundation CEO Kelly Taylor. “We are grateful to the anonymous MCCF donor who is trusting us to help make their charitable goals a reality.”

For more information on the project, contact Barton at or call 765-364-5160.


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