The Place for Family Fun
Wathen Park has long been the park of choice to Oak Park and Wathen Heights residents for Birthday parties and family reunions. It is located on Regina Avenue via Allison Lane in the Wathen Heights subdivision. Scroll down to the reservations section for shelter rental information.
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The Jeffersonville Parks and Recreation Department has several shelters which can be used for neighborhood meetings, family reunions, graduation celebrations, birthday parties, team gatherings and much more.
Reservations are accepted online at any time (click the rental information box below). Payment is due at least 7 days before rental date. Permit is issued after full payment. All rules and regulations of the shelter apply and are subject to requested availability beginning May 24, 2020.
Wathen Park Shelter can be reserved for the hourly rate of $35.00 per hour plus sales tax. The shelter restroom key is available with paid rental and can be picked up at the Park Office during business hours.
- 6.5 Acres
- Restroom (open to rentals)
- Shelter with picnic tables (80 person capacity)
- Dog waste station
Richard B. Wathen (1917 – 2001) was an Indiana politician, journalist, and author. He was a Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives between 1973 and 1990. Wathen was born in Jeffersonville, he comes from a family of Kentucky Bourbon makers. His father Otho H. Wathen, President of American Medicinal Spirits Company, and his brother Otho H. Wathen, Jr. were in the distilling business. He attended Princeton University. He received his law degree from Indiana University in 1942 and was admitted to the Indiana Bar. As World War II was going on, he joined the US Navy as an officer serving on the aircraft carrier Guadalcanal. He was part of the party that captured the German submarine the U-505 on June 4, 1944 and received a Presidential Unit Citation. He later rose to the rank of Commander. While serving his country took Wathen away from home for many years, including a lot of time in Washington, upon his father’s death in 1964, Wathen returned home to Jeffersonville. He practiced law here for many years. In addition to his service in the Indiana House of Representatives, Wathen once challenged Congressman Lee H. Hamilton but was not successful.