The John M. Craddock Wetland
The John M Craddock Wetland Nature Preserve was established through a grant between DCSWCD and the Ball Brothers Foundatin to restore and develop an urban natural education and passive recreation facility that provides for the adjacent neighborhood and the larger community. The wetland was the recipient of the 2010 Indiana Association of Conservation Districts District Showcase Award and 2011 Robert Cooper Audubon Society conservation award. The 27 acre property is located at the intersection of Bunch Blvd. and Gavin Street adjacent to the old Indiana Steel and Wire site on East Jackson and near the terminus of the White River Greenway. Approximately a quarter mile of trail loops through the property spanning wetland areas through boardwalks constructed by Ball State University Landscape Architecture students under the direction of BSU professors Les Smith and Phil Tevis. 2011 saw the completion of the North Plaza, the planting of 17 acres of native prairie (through section 319 funding), and numerous education events. In 2012, The Craddock Wetlands will continue its development through the construction of an overlook pavilion. Consider visiting the Cradock wetlands this spring and be sure to watch and follow along as the new prairie grows and the pavilion is constructed.