Madison County, IN Parks, Trails, Open Space, and Natural Areas Master Plan (2024)


The Forward Madison County 2035 Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 2021 to guide growth and development within Madison County over the next 20 years. The plan outlined a number of goals and objectives intended to better position the County to achieve and foster anticipated growth. Included in the plan are recommendations to explore options for providing improving parks and recreational facilities throughout Madison County. As a result, the county sought a plan that would include the formation of a County Parks and Recreation Department, a county-wide review of the existing parks and recreational facilities, identification of underserved areas, and an implementation plan to ensure smart, cohesive facilities are provided.


Zec Eight Insights partnered with V3 Companies, Lehman & Lehman, and ETC Institute to develop the new parks department and corresponding master plan. Zec Eight Insights focused on working with the county team to identify the most appropriate organizational structure, maintenance standards and practices, and policies and procedures to fulfill the department’s operational needs and community vision. Additionally, guidance was provided for establishing the county’s first-ever Parks Board according to Indiana Code.


The final Parks, Trails, Open Space, and Natural Areas Plan focuses on trails and pathways development as a starting focus for the county park department. Land acquisition strategies and corresponding park classification typologies are included to help the county expand beyond trail connectivity when ready. Additionally, a growth strategy for department staffing is presented based on a functional organizational structure design and progression.

Jessica S. Bastin, P.E.
Madison County Engineer
(765) 646-9245
16 East 9th Street
Anderson, IN 46016