Switchyard Park, formerly known as the McDoel Switchyard, served as a hub for railroad operations for a series of companies including the New Albany and Salem Railroad, the Monon Railroad, and eventually CSX Railroad. CSX Railroad made the decision to phase out its services in 2000, and the last train left McDoel Switchyard in 2004.
The City of Bloomington purchased 18 acres of old railroad bed that ran through the Switchyard, and opened the second phase of the B-Line Trail, a paved, accessible pathway that extends 3.1 miles from Adams Street on the north to Country Club Drive on the south, in 2011. The City then set its sights on transforming the former switchyard into a community park.
65.29 Total Acres
18 Acres B-Line Trail
4.7 Acres Dog Park
2 Activity Lawns
600+ Native Trees
400+ Parking Spaces
5am – 11pm
Destination park for people of all ages!
Switchyard Park is a 65-acre park located on the city’s south side. The park is a culmination of decades of planning, as both city leaders and residents saw the potential of an abandoned railroad switchyard to become a destination park for people of all ages and abilities.