Prospect Hill is a historic neighborhood just west of downtown Bloomington, Indiana. The neighborhood was known for being grimy and rough in the 1960s, but after years of revitalization, it is now one of the most sought-after areas in Bloomington. The neighborhood is very residential and has many houses of varying sizes and aesthetics. It also has several churches, some small commercial drags, and the Wonderlab Science Museum.
Being located on the northern side of the Midwest, Bloomington still experiences a full range of all the seasons, but it tends to have colder lows and milder highs. The warm months in the city can be beautiful with temperatures rarely exceeding 90 degrees even on the hottest summer days. Its winters have average lows in the mid-to-low-20s, however, so it will be important to keep yourself and your dog warm when you decide to go for a walk.
The terrain in Prospect Hill is a mixture of hilly and mild with some parts having steep inclines and others being almost completely flat. If you start on the eastern side of the neighborhood near Rogers Street, you will find that the elevation is relatively consistent. However, towards more central parts of the neighborhood, you will begin to see the elevation pick up and there will be several smaller roads in the residential sections that have steep hills. You will want to avoid these areas on snow days where the ice can become too treacherous to walk on.
Though Prospect Hill isn’t too close to the center of town or the college in the area, there will still be some mild traffic during rush hour when everyone is leaving or coming home. If you avoid major thoroughfares like Rogers Street and Kirkwood Avenue, the traffic shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Besides Rose Hill Cemetary which is located in the upper northwest section of Prospect Hill, Building Trades Park is the only park or greenway within the boundaries of the neighborhood. Building Trades Park offers a large open field and playground as well as five basketball goals, a quarter mile loop trail, and several shelters for public gatherings and rainy days.
If you walk several blocks north from Kirkwood Avenue which is the northern boundary of Prospect Hill, you will find Butler Park which is slightly larger than Building Trades Park at 9 acres. Like Building Trades, it also has several basketball hoops but it has a baseball field as well. It also has its very own garden and more open fields and green space. If you and your dog are looking for somewhere outside of Prospect Hill to go for a walk, Butler Park is definitely your best option.