About Daubenspeck Community Nature Park

Daubenspeck Community Nature Park (DCNP) is a rare, green-space haven of approximately 22 acres at 8900 Ditch Road on the northwest side of Indianapolis, Indiana.  It's free and open to the public year round, dawn to dusk.

DCNP Inc. is a charitable, non-profit (IRS 501-C-3) run by volunteers and funded by individual donations, corporate support, and grants.  Donations are tax-deductible.

DCNP Over the Years

1960:  At the age of 93, farmer Peter Daubenspeck donates 15 acres at 8900 Ditch Road to Washington Township for public use.

2003-2005:  Residents and five neighborhood associations collect more than 1,000 petition signatures, write letters, and hold meetings to save the land from being sold for development.

2005/06:  Daubenspeck Community Nature Park (DCNP) achieves IRS charitable non-profit (tax exempt 501-c-3) status, and signs a 30-year renewable lease with the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township (MSDWT).

In August 2006, MSDWT approves initial plans for nature park with trails, observation deck, wetland, parking and more, and work begins.

Daubenspeck Community Nature Park is 100% volunteer run, which includes our board of directors...

From the years of 2003-2005, residents and five neighborhood associations collect more than 1,000 petition signatures, write letters, and hold meetings to save the land from being sold for development...

Meet The Board of Directors
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Full History of the Park
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