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Shadyside Memorial Park


  1. Activity Center ($100.00 Add-on)
  2. ADA Accessible
  3. Baseball / Softball Diamond
  4. Bike Trail
  5. Fishing
  6. Grill
  7. Parking
  8. Pavilion ($50.00 Add-on)
  9. Picnic Areas
  10. Picnic Shelters ($50.00 Add-on)
  11. Picnic Tables
  12. Playground
  13. Restrooms
  14. Tables
  15. Trails
  16. Volleyball
  17. Walking Track
  18. Water
  19. Wifi
Shadyside Memorial Park originally opened in 1897 as a private park for the employees of the Union Traction Company (Inter-Urban Railroad). In 1923, the City of Anderson purchased the park and opened it to the public on July 4th, 1923 with a ceremony dedicating the park to all Madison County war veterans. Local nurseryman, Milton H. Gaar, was contracted in 1928 to construct the Japanese Gardens (now known as the Terraced Gardens). In 1933, construction of the Bear Caves by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) took place. Renovations were necessary in the late 1990s to repair the Terraced Gardens and make other general improvements creating a botanical walk, amphitheater, and what is now known as the Veterans Commons. The play area was expanded into a regional playground suitable for children of all ages and sizes. It provides trail access to Shadyside Recreation Area and the White River Trail System. It is also the location for the Shadyside Little League.

Shadyside Park Stone Shelter

, Picnic Pods, Amphitheater & Gardens

These features may be rented for a fee of $50.

Rental Policy

A Park Use Application must be completed and submitted for park staff approval. The user fee is per day and must be payable to the Parks Department at least fourteen days prior to reservation date. Call 648-6858 for more information.

Rental Description

Use of shelter with picnic tables is available for larger gatherings such as family reunions, company picnics, and other outings.

For picnic pod rentals, stationery picnic tables adjacent to the shelter are available for larger gatherings.

Located in the valley area, the park offers a concrete amphitheater with hillside seating for everyone.

Formerly know as the Japanese Gardens, the terrace area is an ideal setting for weddings in an attractive landscaped environment.


  1. Activities Center

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  2. Terrace Gardens

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