Aurora is a historic river town that is situated 35 miles west of Cincinnati, Ohio, located in the Southeast corner of Indiana. Aurora was settled in the early 1800's and incorporated in 1845 and has strong historic connections to the Ohio River. Aurora is full of unique and historic buildings that preserve its older rivercity characteristics.
Aurora Parks Department
City of Aurora
PO Box 158
Aurora, Indiana 47001
Aurora Park Board
Mike Peters - President
Cindy Rottinghaus - Secretary
The Aurora Park Board is responsible for the seven park sites within the city limits of Aurora. The city parks include the Aurora City Park, Waterways Park, Largent Field, Mary Stratton Park, Lesko Park, Ron Nocks Memorial Park and the Aurora Sports Complex. The Aurora Park systems include 6,000 feet of water frontage; 77 acres of space; one swimming pool; three baseball diamonds, two softball diamonds, eight soccer fields, two boat ramps; five playground areas; three enclosed buildings; and many shelters.
The Aurora City Parks are managed by the Aurora Park Board in conjunction with the Clerk-Treasurer's Office, Aurora Police Department, and AUrora Utilities. All inquiries regarding policy and management should be directed to the Park Board at its regularly scheduled meeting, the third Monday of each month in the Aurora City Building at 5:00 PM. Call (812) 926-1777 for more information.
Information & Reservations
Reservation, availability, and viewing information can be obtained from the Clerk-Treasurer's office, 218 3rd. St., Aurora, or calling (812) 926-1777. Reservations for all Aurora City Park facilities must be made at least ten days prior to the desired date and all facilities are available on a first-come basis.
Contract & Payment
At the time of reservation, information will be taken and a contract will be initiated. Payements in the form of cash, cashier's check, money order, or personal check must be returned with the completed contract to the Clerk-Treasurer in person or by mail at least ten days prior to the scheduled date.
Fire & Camping
Open flames are not permitted in the park at any time. All food preparation must be done using the equipment provided by the rented building. Overnight camping is not permitted in the park at any time.
Security & Alcohol
Although alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the park during public hours, they are permitted at rented events. Necessary permits are required and renters must meet with the Chief of Police to arrange for security personnel. Payment for security personnel is the responsibility of the renter and the fee and number of personnel needed for any event will be at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
The Parks of Aurora
Aurora City Park
Originally designated as the home for the Dearborn County Agriculture Society, the land for the Aurora City Park was deeded to the City in 1860 by owners Strawder Cheek and Peter Williams. The park is located on 16 acres bordered by Park Avenue, Manchester Street and Hogan Creek. The park is home to the Aurora Public Pool, the Clayton Batchelor Pavilion, the Civic Center, the Round Barn, and the Boy Scout Cabin which makes this park a focal point of community activity.
Nearby Hogan Creek provides boating and fishing opportunities. Playground equipment, horseshoe pits, and two small shelters are available to the public during the park’s open hours from dawn to dusk. The pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Aurora Sports Complex
The Aurora Sports Complex is the newest of Aurora’s parks. In 2009, the City of Aurora purchased 32 acres of land on Park Avenue for this park. In 2010 and 2011, the City of Aurora and the Aurora Soccer Association prepared the site for eight soccer fields and a gravel parking lot. The Aurora Sports Complex is now the home of the Aurora Soccer Association. In the future additional softball fields, a dog park and walking trail will be added.
Largent Field is located at the end of Center Street. The field is used primarily for softball and has a playground, shelter, restroom and creek frontage. The shelter is great for families when their children are using the playground.
Lesko Park is located on a strip of grassy riverfront property between the Ohio River and US 56. Lesko Park provides a great place to view boat traffic and wildlife on the Ohio River. This park is named after former Aurora Clerk-Treasurer Tony Lesko. The park has a paved walking trail, playground equipment, multiple shelters, and restrooms.
Ron Nocks Memorial Park
The Ron Nocks Memorial Park is located in Westside Aurora. It was dedicated to honor Councilman Nocks who was serving on Aurora City Council at the time of his death. This park has a nice sitting area and flower bed.
Mary Stratton Park
Mary Stratton Park is the only city park located in the Historic District. It is located on Fifth Street and overlooks the Ohio River. The park has a gazebo, playground equipment and several benches. The park was dedicated by the Aurora Women’s Research Club in memory of their first president, Mrs. Mary A. Stratton, a loyal citizen, who gave of herself for the good of the community.
Waterways Park is located at the end of Manchester Street. It is nestled on a peninsula surrounded by Hogan Creek. It is a frequent fishing site and has a shelter and canoe launching ramp. This park has also been used as a soccer field in the past.
Facilities Available For Rent
The Clayton Batchelor Pavilion
The Clayton Batchelor Pavilion is available for rent year-round, on any day of the week from 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM. It seates a maximum of 200 people and its stage and full-service kitchen make it the perfect venue for wedding receptions, family or class reunions, and other large gatherings.
The Pavilion is heated and air conditioned and there are restroom facilities on-site. Tables and chairs to the room's capacity are available.
The rental fee for the Pavilion is $350.00 for up to eight hours. Payment in full is due at least ten working days prior to the reserved date.
The Civic Center
The Civic Center is available year-round Monday - Friday after 4:00 PM and 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM on Saturday & Sunday. It has a maximum occupancy of sixty people.
The Civic Center is heated and air-conditioned with a full-service kitchen and restroom facilities. Tables and chairs to are available to seat sixty comfortably for a meal or meeting.
Rental fee for the Civic Center is $160.00 for up to eight hours. Payment in full is due ten days prior to the reserved date.
The Round Barn
The Round Barn is available for rent from May 1st through October 31st, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM, seven days a week. Maximum occupancy is sixty people.
More rustic is nature, the Round Barn has a stove and center bandstand. Tables and chairs are available for sixty. The Round Barn may be rented for any length of time during its available hours for $50.00. The rental fee must be paid in full at the time of reservation.
Aurora City Pool
The pool is open Monday thru Sunday from noon until 5:45 p.m. until July 30th. Starting July 31st the pool hours will be Monday thru Sunday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. Cost of admission is $2.50. Private pool parties can be booked Monday thru Sunday for 3 hours from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for $150. This cost includes 2 Life Guards and 1 Head Guard. The pool will close on Sunday, September 1st. Please call the Aurora City Pool at 812-926-0049 for any additional information.
Shelterhouse at Waterways Park
The shelterhouse at Waterways Park may be reserved from May through October for up to 8 hours per event. Fee for renting the shelterhouse is $10.50 and is payable in full at the time of reservation. event
*By law shelterhouses at Lesko Park cannot be rented out. They are available on a first-come basis only.