Switchyard Park

  • 1601 S. Rogers Street
  • Bloomington, IN 47403
  • (812) 349-3700

Switchyard Park, formerly known as the McDoel Switchyard, is a 57.2-acre park with the following amenities:

  • One mile of the paved, accessible B-Line Trail
  • Basketball, pickleball, and bocce ball courts
  • Community gardens with 39 raised beds (32 square-feet each) available for rent
  • A concrete skate park
  • Fitness stations
  • A reservable picnic shelter with two available sides totaling 1,800 square-feet per side
  • An 11,000-square-foot pavilion with overhead doors for indoor/outdoor meetings or festivals
  • An amphitheater with lawn space, plus room for food trucks and a mobile stage
  • A shaded bosque with movable bistro tables and chairs
  • A splash pad
  • A playground
  • A main stage and performance lawn with room for up to 5,000 people
  • A dog park
  • The Bloomington Police Department Substation


IU Health Wellness Fair

IU Health teams want to help improve the health of our fellow community members. Visit the upcoming IU Health Wellness Fair for giveaways and a variety of resources, including: Fun •Cultural recipes from our Women, Infants & Children mothers •Door prizes •Free... Learn more

Tuesday Farmers' Market

  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday until September 26, 2023
  • Switchyard Park
  • (812) 349-3700

Visit, shop and support local farmers and growers, and small businesses, at Switchyard Park on Tuesdays, June through September. The Tuesday Market begins in June from 4-7 p.m. and is held on the brick plaza north of the Pavilion building, 1611 S. Rogers Street. Admission to... Learn more

Bloomington Food Truck Friday

Every Friday from 11 am - 9 pm, enjoy Bloomington's best food trucks in one place: Switchyard Park! This family-friendly event is one of the most beloved B-Town traditions and a must-attend event for visitors. Enjoy live music and all of the amenities the park offers while indulging in some... Learn more

Howl at the Moon

Meet us at the basketball court on Friday, October 6 for a glow-in-the-dark walk in Switchyard Park! Walk about 1 ½ miles on a paved loop through the park. This event begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. The first 50 dogs will receive a glow stick for their collars! Special thank... Learn more

Movies in the Parks: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (PG) Bring a blanket and a picnic and join us for free movies in the park every month! Please be aware that some of the movies have a rating of PG-13. We request your assistance in determining if a particular movie is appropriate for your... Learn more

Hope for the Holidays 2023

Everyone is invited to Hope for the Holidays presented by IU Credit Union, Bloomington's fifth annual holiday tree festival and auction to support New Hope for Families. Come see more than 50 unique and festive holiday trees decorated by local businesses, organizations, and families. In... Learn more

B-Town Turkey Trot

A 5k walk/run on Thanksgiving Morning for families, friends, and neighbors to enjoy together! *Long Sleeve Race T-Shirts for first 300 registered. **Finisher Medals for all participants ***Timed by AB Timing ****Pre-Race Bib/T-Shirt/Packet Pickup on the Wednesday (11/22/23)... Learn more

Winter Lights, December Nights

Revel in the sights and sounds of the season with a stroll through Switchyard Park, and marvel at the thousands of lights that bring the park to life! Enjoy food trucks, music, and holiday lights for the evening. While the event itself is one evening, the lights remain on throughout... Learn more

2024 Solar Eclipse Festival at Switchyard Park

Join others at Switchyard Park on Saturday, April 6 for karaoke, games, crafts, food trucks and more in anticipation of the Solar Eclipse. Wrap up the evening with us with an outdoor viewing of the movie "October Sky". Learn more

2024 Solar Eclipse Festival at Switchyard Park

Celebrate the Eclipse with a full day of activities, celebrations, crafts, games, live music, a beer garden, and more! Find something for everyone in your family to do in anticipation of the main solar event, where all of Switchyard Park will experience four minutes of darkness once the eclipse... Learn more