Friesner Herbarium

Fountain Park

Browneyed Susan

Fountain Park is a one-acre site owned by the Town of Rocky Ripple.  The five-city-lot-sized park was donated to the Town by Butler University in 2000 and named for then Acting President at Butler, Gwen Fountain, who helped arrange the transfer.  In the first few years after the founding of the park, Town residents cleared the area of invasive non-native Asian bush-honeysuckle and, with grants from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, planted some native trees and shrubs in the park.  In the intervening years, honeysuckle reinvaded the park, although the signature of past removal could still be seen in the presence of some native wildflowers at the site.  In 2009, with the help of an IPL (Indianapolis Power and Light) Golden Eagle Environmental Award, we entered into an aSolomon's sealgreement for a cooperative effort between the residents of the Town of Rocky Ripple and Butler University staff and students to conduct continued environmental stewardship and restoration in the park. We removed the honeysuckle to encourage the native flora present, and to provide habitat for desirable woodland animals.  The park was originally conceived as a "habitat park, a place where humans and animals can come together."  We want the park to be a place where children and families can experience nature in a natural setting. 

List of Plants of Fountain Park - Download PDF of Plant Species

Two of the plants identified in Fountain Park - At top, Rudbeckia triloba (Browneyed Susan), and at bottom right, Polygonatum biflorum (Smooth Solomon's seal).


List of Mammals of Fountain Park

Likely to see:                                                                          

  • Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)                                  
  • Fox squirrel (S. niger)                                                                
  • Eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)                                             
  • Eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)                                      
  • White-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus)                               
  • House mouse (Mus musculus)                                                     
  • Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
  • Short-tailed shrew (Blarina brevicauda)
  • Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)
  • Eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus)

May see:

  • Red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
  • Red fox (Vulpes vulpes)
  • Striped skunk (Mephitus mephitis)
  • Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
  • Red bat (Lasiurus borealis)
  • Woodchuck (Marmota monax)