Gone fishing: Brookdale County Park in Liberty Township has opened to
the public for fishing and tranquil enjoyment of the vanishing rural
landscape of north Porter County. The park is located just north of the
Liberty Recreation softball field and the Liberty Township Fire Station on
County Road 50 West. (Photo provided)
Porter County Parks
& Recreation welcomes visitors to explore Brookdale Park at 919 N. County
Road 50 West in Liberty Township.
The park is open to
the public from dawn to dusk free of charge.
begin on the southwest corner--just north of the CSX tracks--and lead to the
east and north, where visitors will find a large fishing pond.
catch-and-release pond is home to large mouth bass, crappies, blue gill, and
Porter County Parks
& Recreation has hosted kidsí fishing programs at the pond, and plans to do
so again in the future.
Brookdale Park is a
work in progress. Porter County Parks & Recreation recently acquired funding
through a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cost-sharing program to add native
pollinator plants around the edge of the pond, to stabilize the banks and
In the autumn, the
Porter County Parks & Recreation archery deer hunting program maintains a
stand along the southern edge of the property.
The 5-Year Master
Plan calls for upgrades to the parkís entryway and parking lot.
benches and picnic tables will be added soon.
Meanwhile, to fund
operations and protect the land from invasive species, the county continues
to lease the bulk of the acreage to a farmer for crop production.
Brookdale Park was
originally Brookdale Farm, owned by the Michaels family. Porter County Parks
& Recreation acquired the land in 2010 from Barney Michaels, a purchase
partially funded by a grant from the Lake Michigan Coastal Program, a
program of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The 66.44 acre park
extends from 50 West to Meridian Road along the north side of the CSX
railroad tracks. The Swanson-Lamport legal ditch runs through the park and
acts as a rough northern boundary.
about Brookdale Park, contact Porter County Parks Communication Director
Darlene McCarty Cohn at (219) 548-0219.