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Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park



Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park (2.6 acres) is located at 331 S Washington St.

Parking Areas: 17 Spaces behind the bandstand (three designated handicapped), street parking

Play Fields: large open green space

Also: Fountain in the center of the park, bandstand with canopy, picnic tables.

Click the link for more information on the Hidden River Pathway Project starting in Feb 2021. The playground, park benches, and picnic tables along Lincoln St in the Waldron, Hill and Buskirk (Third Street) Park will be removed in February to allow for project construction. All will be replaced once the underground infrastructure in the area is in place. Parking will be limited in the small lot behind the Allison-Jukebox Community Center.

Report a problem at Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park here.

Bloomington Parks and Recreation Park Property Rules

Watch video of the Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park here.

Allowed Activities
Dog Walking
Trail Running
Road Biking
Good For
Rules & Regulation
Dogs On Leash
No Illegal Substances
No Campfires
No Camping
No Horses
No Motorized
Pack Out Dog Waste

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

  • Accessible parking
    • Designated parking behind stage for performers. 
  • Paved paths run through park and by fountain. 
  • Ramp to stage
  • Ground play components
  • Large paver concert seating area
  • Bench seating on paved surface

History of The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park

In May 1922, a committee was appointed by the Park Board to investigate the possibility of obtaining the land on East Third Street belonging to the Hill-Buskirk-Waldron estates for a city park. Mr. Charles Waldron wrote from Washington that he and his mother would be willing to turn over their part of the land to the city, providing the city would assume the indebtedness (about $5,000) and give the park a name honoring the three families. The Park Board agreed to buy the property in July 1922. Although the deed stipulated that the park should be named "The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park", the park was known as Third Street Park by the Bloomington community from the 1920s through the 2000s. On April 10, 2011, the park was officially "renamed" The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park in a celebratory ceremony.

The Allison-Jukebox Community Center, then known as the "Juke Box Teen Center," was built in 1938. Mr. William Adams and Mrs. B.F. Adams gave the Park Board $10,000 to build a swimming pool in the park in 1927. About $15,000 in additional bond funds were acquired, and the pool was constructed in 1928. The "Third Street Pool" was permanently closed in 1967.

An outdoor bandstand was built in 1938, and was demolished at the same time as the Third Street Pool, in 1967. A new band shell was built in the park in 1992, and an arched canopy was installed over the stage in 2002. A historic fountain from Rose Hill Cemetery was renovated and installed in the park in 1997.

The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department partnered with The Project School, IU Health Bloomington Hospital, and KaBOOM! to build a new playground with the help of more than 300 volunteers on May 20, 2011.