Avon Community

Avon, Indiana lies just five miles west of downtown Indianapolis in Hendricks County. Accessible from three major interstates, Highways 70, 65, and 74, Avon offers convenience and easy access to city amenities while still maintaining its own suburban style. Avon has made a name for itself as a family-friendly community.

This community places a strong focus on its public schools where both education and extracurricular activities are key. Seven elementary schools, two intermediate schools, and two middle schools feed into Avon High School. Students enjoy brand new state-of-the-art facilities at Avon High School. The Avon High School marching band is known across the state and beyond, ranked as the number one marching band in the state five times as well as number four in the country. The Avon High School drum line and color guard have also earned a variety of accolades.

The convergence of interstates in Avon provides opportunities for businesses to flourish. With over 600 businesses including both local retail shops and large national chains, living in Avon keeps shopping convenient for busy families. Avon is also home to two public parks, both larger than 70 acres. Washington Township Park features a splash pad and bike trails, and Avon Town Hall Park features Indiana’s only outdoor tennis tables as well as an 18-hole disc golf course. In addition to the parks, Avon’s Perennial Gardens offer outdoor enjoyment for families. With over five acres of gardens, the facility is popular for weddings. It also includes a retail center with a variety of trees, flowers, and shrubs for sale.  

RECREATION Because Avon residents value outdoor recreation, the town’s master plan calls for plenty of park space to complement families’ lifestyles. For instance, the 45-acre Avon Town Park, located behind town hall, features nature trails year-round, providing an interesting twist to exercise programs and fitness resolutions. The fishing pond is stocked with catfish, bluegill and bass for those who prefer a peaceful link to nature. Washington Township Community Park, a 155-acre park located on U.S. 36, hosts more than 100,000 visitors annually. The expansive park offers 2.5 miles of walking trails (some of them led by interpretative guides), volley-ball courts, basketball courts, horseshoe pits and a large stocked fishing pond. In 2002, Washington Township Community Park expanded its large land area to include mountain biking trails. Shelters are available for rent, costing an inexpensive $50-a-day on the weekends. For those who prefer a leisurely day on the green, there are 12 golf courses in Hendricks County. Avon is the home of the only private golf club in the county, Prestwick Country Club. Avon also provides the Avon Recreation Center with putt-putt golf, go carts, driving range and bumper boats.

FUN FACT Avon was originally known as Hampton when the post office was established in this location in 1833. As post-masters changed, so did the area’s name at each new leader’s whim: Hampton, White Lick, Smootsdell (a default title Washington D.C. conferred when a pack-peddler petitioned for a post office without suggesting a name) and New Philadelphia. The name Avon finally stuck when the railroad company drove a stake into the ground with this title. According to a local legend, Avon stands for “A Village of Neighbors.”