Parks and Recreation


Martha M. Beckenholdt
Dec. 27, 1915 - Feb. 28, 2014
We lost a true community philanthropist when Martha Beckenholdt passed away on February 28, 2014. Her impact on Greenfield and central Indiana is immense and will be well documented by others. But it is the legacy of Beckenholdt Family Park that will forever endear her to this department and to generations of parks users.
In 1998 PARCS Inc. was formed as a local not for profit to seek out opportunities to acquire park land for the department. The land that is now Beckenholdt Family Park was the first property optioned for purchase by them. The board of PARCS Inc. knew they needed a significant lead gift in their fundraising to stimulate others to participate. Martha Beckenholdt provided that lead gift, underwriting almost a third of the total acquisition price. Her generosity and reputation were the stimulus needed to entice other donors to fund the balance of the purchase. By February 2000 the +60 acres were purchased and the development of what visitors enjoy today had begun.
It is important to share that historically Ms. Beckenholdt had been very discrete in her philanthropy, however with some encouragement, she did agree to allow the department to name the park after her family. A fitting tribute to an amazing community philanthropist.   
- Greenfield Parks and Recreation

Our Mission

Our mission is to be the stewards of the open space, greenways, trails and park land in Greenfield and to serve its citizens by:

  • Providing responsive and diverse programs and recreational opportunities for all citizens, regardless of race, gender, age, religion or disability.
  • Being adaptable and flexible in its land use, facility use and programming.
  • Creating innovative partnerships with organizations with common value.



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Address: Patricia Elmore Center
280 North Apple Street

Greenfield, IN 46140
Telephone: 317-477-4340
Fax: 317-477-4341

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