The Community Foundation owns a few parcels of woodland that are set aside for conservation. The City of Bloomington Parks & Recreation Department is a critical partner in managing the land for the public’s enjoyment.
Latimer Woods is a 10-acre park south of College Mall in Bloomington that was once part of the 111-acre Latimer Farm. The woodlot provided nuts, fruits, game, fuel and even Christmas trees for four generations of Latimers. The woods also provided a place for quiet meditation and learning. Unlike most woods in south-central Indiana, the trees in Latimer Woods have never been cut, and many are believed to pre-date European settlement. They still stand because of the Latimers’ preservationist ethic. The Latimer Family donated their woods to the Community Foundation in 1999 with the hope that you too will enjoy the beauty and discovery that was theirs for nearly 150 years.
Brown’s Woods is located north of the Twin Lakes sports complex in Bloomington. It consists of two woodland parcels on either side of Basswood Drive, in a developing area of the city. This sixteen acres of greenspace is to be preserved in perpetuity as undeveloped land, for the benefit of wildlife and plant communities, and the enjoyment of the general public.
The Community Foundation does not normally accept gifts of land for conservation, leaving it to organizations such as Sycamore Land Trust who specialize in conservation to serve as stewards for such gifts. However, in the above special cases, it has been in the community’s best interest for the Community Foundation to accept these smaller conservation properties in significant Bloomington locations.
The Community Foundation also manages endowment funds that support ongoing conservation, including the Sycamore Land Trust Stewardship Fund, Latimer Woods Fund, and Brown’s Woods Fund.