Frankfort Wins AIM Community Award for Development of Prairie Creek Park

Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (AIM) announced Frankfort has earned an AIM Community Placemaking Award for their development of the Prairie Creek Park project.  The city was honored with this award on October 6 during the Annual Awards Luncheon – presented by Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, LLC during the 2021 Aim Ideas Summit in French Lick. Frankfort won in the 10,001 to 25,000 population category.

Mayor Judy Sheets said, “We are grateful to receive this recognition from AIM and proud to have this wonderful amenity in our downtown. Prairie Creek Park is a reminder that great things can be accomplished when city leaders, local businesses, and private investors work together to enhance the quality of life and quality of place for everyone who calls Frankfort their home.”

The Prairie Creek Park project redeveloped a brownfield adjacent to Prairie Creek. The Park concept was created to complement the city’s goals and downtown programming needs and includes several new amenities such as a performance stage, event center, large outdoor games, and several playgrounds. Learn more about the project by watching this video.

AIM CEO Matt Greller noted how Frankfort’s investment in quality of place amenities spurred additional corporate interest in the community.  “When a city or town invests in itself and demonstrates their potential as a talent attractor, it gives the private sector more confidence to locate or expand in the area.  Projects like Prairie Creek Park exemplify place-based economic development,” said Greller.

Since the 1890s, AIM, formerly the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, has been an advocate for Indiana municipalities.  AIM is the official voice of municipal government in Indiana, with more than 460 cities and towns as members.  Our purpose is to foster, promote and advocate for the success of Hoosier municipalities as laboratories of innovation, hubs of talent and the engines driving our state’s economy.


  1. This was Chris mcbarnes dream and he fought very hard for it there would be no park if Chris had not had a big dream So many people fought him on his dream so less give credit where credit is do!

    • The Mayor Judy Sheets mentioned his name several times on Partyline and on Ken and Cindy’s newscasts run twice last week all week. The former mayor hasn’t been back yet to the project come to fruition yet so we haven’t got comments from him. There was a lot to do to finish this project when Mr. McBarnes left on a one month notice (love it or hate it) The real work came afterward so everyone deserves credit (including Mr. McBarnes for starting it) as it shows what an awesome things we can do when we work together.

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