What an exciting year 2021 has been! We're excited to share some of our favorite moments of the year.
We launched our new website at the beginning of the year. The new site offers easy navigation, better accessibility, mobile optimization, and other new features to meet resident and local business needs. In 2021, the website saw an 84% increase in average monthly website users.
Brighter Together Candlelight Vigil
In March, we partnered with the towns of Avon, Danville, and Plainfield and the Hendricks County Community Foundation to honor those in Hendricks County who have lost their lives during the pandemic. Nearly 350 luminarias were placed at Avon Town Hall Park to honor Hendricks County residents who passed away from the virus.
New Brownsburg Businesses
It has been an exciting year for Brownsburg as more businesses call Brownsburg home! We are proud to welcome Ducati Indianapolis, the only Ducati dealership in Indiana, and woman-owned laser technology business SurClean, Inc. In addition, new restaurants, new retail and services, grocery store chain, ALDI, and an expanded Kroger invested in our community. By the end of October, our Economic Development Department secured over $132 million in capital investment and 900 jobs that pay an average of over $25 per hour.
We are excited to see more public art in Brownsburg! In April, we unveiled the first piece of public art in one of our parks. The violin-playing bee greets visitors to Williams Park and encourages guests to stop and listen to the music of nature. In May, A "Welcome to Brownsburg" art mural was commissioned by Brownsburg Kiwanis and painted by the BHS National Art Honor Society. Kroger unveiled a new mural in the entryway by artist Lisa Sears that combines several community landmarks.
Safe Haven Baby Box
Our Brownsburg Fire Territory unveiled a Safe Haven Baby Box located at Station 131. The Brownsburg box is the 55th in Indiana and the 63rd in the United States. The box allows new mothers who are unable or unwilling to take care of a newborn to anonymously drop off babies younger than 30 days old — no questions asked.
We hosted the Hendricks County Alliance for Diversity Pride Picnic at Williams Park. In addition, our Town Council signed a proclamation officially recognizing June 27 as Pride Day.
This year, we were recognized nationally for our job growth, motorsports, parks & trails, special events, schools, and strong local economy.
New Parks, Amenities, and Renovations
White Lick Creek Trail opened this year, connecting over 15,000 trail users from Arbuckle Acres Park to the business district. Stephens Park renovations were completed, providing six pickleball courts, outdoor fitness equipment, universal play features, a trail surrounding the park, 25 parking spaces, and a year-round restroom. Over at Williams Park, the entry circle was renovated to include better pedestrian access and a public art sculpture. Blast Off Playground underwent major upgrades with volunteer help. Design of Virgil Park, a 6.67-acre parcel of land located along the B&O Trail, was completed. The park will provide amenities such as a small playground, shelter, restroom facility, and several natural elements. Our Parks Department received a grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for Virgil Park development.
Ronald Reagan Logistics Center
In November, the Town of Brownsburg, along with developer Scannell Properties and general contractor The Peterson Company, broke ground on the first phase of the Ronald Reagan Logistics Center @ I-74, a multi-facility logistics and distribution center development. This marks Brownsburg’s largest commercial development.
Mercury Marine, a Wisconsin-based boat engine manufacturer, will be the first project in the new Ronald Reagan Logistics Park.
Our 2022 Strategic Plan is based on comprehensive analysis and internal collaboration from staff and the Town Council to determine our strategic objectives for 2022. The plan also established a new mission and vision for the Town of Brownsburg. View the Strategic Plan.