Cumberland Old Town District
Cumberland Old Town DisRegular holds parks events and an Annual Arts festival in August.
The US 40 Streetscape through Cumberland (part of the INDOT Washington Street reconstruction project) broke ground in 2009. The streetscape includes a landscape median down the center of US 40 (roughly where the old interurban line would have been), new sidewalks with planter boxes, streetlights, benches, and bike racks.
The Cumberland Pennsy Trail broke ground in 2010 and will be completed by the end of the year. The three mile stretch of trail starts at German Church Road in Marion County and extends to Mt. Comfort Road in Hancock County along the old Pennsylvania Railroad. The trail will include a scale model of the Solar System along the route. The model is being constructed at a 1:1 Billion scale and will include pavement markings and an interpretive panel at the location of each planet.
Due to considerable pressures from a planned road widening project on Washington Street and from urban sprawl, Cumberland was placed on Indiana Landmarks Top 10 Endangered list for 3 years. The Conservation District designation and Streetscape design success were factors in removing Cumberland from the list as a "save."
Cumberland has a small traditional downtown with a flower shop, book store, restaurants, personal services and office buildings. Just outside the historic district is Meijer as well as many restaurants.