Welcome to The Solar City
Our community is steeped in railroad history once having many depots carrying passengers to and from the big cities. While we have a few remaining freight trains alive and well, we are becoming a community rich in outdoor leisure and adventure, building towards a unique shopping and food experience in our downtown while working to be energy independent with our solar initiative. We are a great place to grow strong roots for your family and business or even to visit. In whatever capacity you choose to experience our community, we are so glad you are here. We invite you to explore every facet to get to know us better and take in all that we have to offer.
The City of North Vernon is located in south central Indiana in Jennings County. The city boasts ample outdoor spaces to enjoy activities like golf, kayaking, fishing, hunting, wooded trails for walking, running and biking, several different styles of parks and a new swimming facility.
Nestled along the winding banks of the Muscatatuck River the city enjoys all four seasons of the year making it a very attractive place for outdoor enthusiast and for those who desiring to raise a family. We experience temperatures on average in the high 80s and 90s in the summer months to a very chilling 32 to 0 degrees in the winter.
The city has undergone some major renovations and upgrades throughout the last decade. Some of those changes include a plaza located in the heart of downtown that host some of our more well know events, like Christmas in the City. We have a paved one-mile walking trail that connects the downtown city to the Muscatatuck Park. Also listed among those changes are new sidewalks in our downtown area as well as ADA compliance and currently undergoing water and sewer infrastructure changes along Walnut Street.
One of our most notable upgrades throughout the city is with solar energy. We have extensively transitioned our city buildings and streetlights to utilize solar energy to help offset high rising energy cost. This project was divided into two phases, lower energy cost through led replacement in all of our city buildings and streetlights. The second phase was to install solar in all capable city buildings so that our usage throughout city government would pull from solar and not through traditional electric means. This effort has been acknowledged by several environmental groups and other community at large. While there is a great advantage of seeing the benefits of solar today, those in the next generation will see the greatest giving them more freedom from traditional electricity rates and excess funds from the savings that solar energy will bring. We are excited in the bold direction this city has taken towards a freer future for our children and beyond.
We also are a community rich in over 100 acres of parks. One of the most notable and highly utilized parks is the Muscatatuck Park. Only steps away from our downtown area this park is unique in that it is an extreme sports park that hosts rock climbing, biking, wooded & scenic running trails, sand volleyball, camping, shelter houses all nestled alongside with beautiful views of the Muscatatuck River. Don't forget to stop by Vinegar Mill while at the park and head on down to the stair of Vinegar Miller to enjoy wading in the river and skipping rocks just like years of past. There are also several spots to sit and soak up nature along the river.
In addition to Muscatatuck park, we also have several parks in the city and surrounding areas. Those include Tripton Park, Selmier State Forestry, Cali Nature Preserve, Crosley Fish and Wildlife and our City Park which hosts many baseball tournaments and leagues throughout the year. You can find more about our parks in the things to do section as well.
The city of North Vernon also owns their state-of-the-art airport which feature fueling station, well maintained hanger space boasting heated floors and customer service that is out of this world.
If you are looking to find out more happenings in our city, check out our city calendar. To get involved in the governmental affairs and decisions of our community, you can find the latest team meeting, commissions or board details here. For city council details agendas and meeting minutes click here.
Additional details about our community that you might like to know:
- A desirable city surrounded by many outdoor trails, biking areas, camping, canoeing and other outdoor experiences that includes Tame the Terrain in Muscatatuck Park
- "The Solar City” - celebrating environmental stewardship, cost control and quality of life through the implementation of solar technology throughout our city
- A state of the art 18-hole golf course with challenging, undulating greens and newly reconstructed holes on the back nine that also includes a perfect spot to host your next event.
- A brand-new city pool with a lazy river, slide, splash pad and many other features for the whole family.
- Our city park, located in the heart of our community, hosts several outdoor sporting events throughout the year and home to our local farmer’s market
- Yearly events include Family First Fridays (June, July and August), 4th of July Celebration, Sweet Street (trick-or-treat night), Pioneer Ways, Christmas in the City (first Saturday in December), Airport Days, Backlot BBQ, City Cruise In
- Many unique places to eat. Enjoy your favorite specialty coffee. Several events centers close by."
We are growing. We are transforming. We are exciting to behold. A perfect place
to raise a family and enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle .
For more information you can check out some recent videos launched through our Mayor's Office.Welcome to our city, we are excited to meet you!