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Welcome to Indy Parks

 Indy Parks and Recreation

Our Vision & Mission ​​​​​​​​​​
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Vision
With over a century of history advancing the value of parks, Indy Parks is committed to protecting and enhancing the community's assets for the future. We will be a leader in making Indianapolis a vibrant, happy and healthy place to live. By providing premier greenspaces and recreation opportunities, we will connect all residents to nature, to the community, and to themselves. Our work is vital to contributing to the econom​​ic, social and environmental health of our city.  

Mission
We connect communities by providing places and experiences that inspire healthy living, social engagement, and a love of nature.

Indy Parks offers 
211 parks, 11,254 acres, 125 playgrounds, 155 sports fields, 135 miles of trails, 23 recreation centers and nature centers, 19 aquatic centers, 21 spray grounds, 13 golf courses and 4 dog parks. 

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Pack the Parks!

Pack the Parks, our signature Indy Parks event, is on Saturday, June 30. We are thrilled to offer another year of free pool and park admission, as well as dozens of special events and activities at our parks. 


Our generous sponsor, MHS, will be presenting Yoga at the Beach at Eagle Creek Park and will host tables at various parks throughout the day. We have a packed (pun intended) schedule, including Councillor Zach Adamson's Backpack Giveaway at Frederick Douglass Park, a bike ride at IMPD's Bike Track at Washington Park, performances from the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, demonstrations by Nine13 Sports, environmental excursions, outdoor concerts, art classes, fitness offerings and more!


Pools will be open from 12  - 5 p.m. and will host "birthday parties" celebrating the history of the facility. Additionally, each of our Family Centers will feature a special theme party and will have activities and prize giveaways. We hope you will come out and enjoy!


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Summer Servings

Indy Parks annual Summer Servings food program is back again to provide free, "no strings attached" meals to youth 18 and under in Marion County. Each year, Summer Servings serves nearly 175,000 meals at over 100 sites and mobile units. ​

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For more information about the Summer Servings program, call 317-327-PARK. To find serving locations and times near you, dial 2-1-1. 

Summer Pool Schedule
Splash into summer! We are thrilled to welcome children and families to Indy Parks pools! Check out the full summer schedule below. 

A full summer pool schedule is as follows:
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Indy Parks 2018 Summer Concert Series
This year's Summer Concert Series is in full swing. We have dozens of performances lined up at eight different parks. All concerts are free and open to the public (concerts at Eagle Creek Park are free with park admission). Check out the full schedule below. 


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Summer Spray Grounds in Indy Parks
Looking for a way to beat the heat this summer? Beginning Saturday, May 19, all Indy Parks spray grounds will open daily for the summer. Tarkington Park's spray ground will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. All other spray grounds will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

*The spray grounds at Jake Greene and Bowman Parks are temporarily closed for maintenance. 
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Summer Jobs - Join the Indy Parks Team         
                     
Indy Parks is hiring for more than 400 summer jobs with a starting pay of $8-$15 per hour. We are looking for lifeguards, day camp counselors, pool managers, program assistants, food monitors & more. Apply online indy.gov/jobs (search for seasonal jobs). 
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Summer Day Camp Registration
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Day Camp Brochure:  IndyParks2018DayCampBrochure.pdf

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Athletic Rental Fees


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(click the link above to explore available classes)

Try more than 1,000 creative classes and special programs including swim lessons, ballet, art, gymnastics, aerobics, holiday activities, sports leagues, STEM Legos, and more. 

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Indy in Motion Fitness Classes 
Indy Parks also offers free Indy in Motion classes. In partnership with the Marion County Health Department, these classes provide cardio, strength training with resistance bands, balancing, and more. IndyinMotionClasses.jpg ​

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Upcoming Events 

Click on the activity/event name to see more details. 

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Summer Concert: MacAllister Amphitheater, “Evening at the Mac” with 7 Bridges (2017).

Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth
When: Thursday, June 14, 2 p.m.
Where: Tarkington Park, 45 W. 40th Street

Holliday Park Summer Concert Series: Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
When: Thursday, June 14, 7 p.m.
Where: Holliday Park 6363 Spring Mill Road

Garfield Park "Pops" Series: Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis
When: Thursday, June 14, 7 p.m.
Where: MacAllister Amphitheater, 2432 Conservatory Drive

Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth
When: Friday, June 15, 7 p.m.
Where: Broad Ripple Park, 1550 Broad Ripple Avenue

Picnic Concert Series: Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
When: Friday, June 15, 7 p.m.
Where: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1702 Broadway Street

Friday Night Frog Watch
When: Friday, June 15, 9 p.m.
Where: Eagle Creek Park, 5901 Delong Road

Nature Play Day at the Earth Discovery Center
When: Saturday, Jun 16, 11 a.m.
Where: Eagle Creek Park, 5901 Delong Road

Father-Daughter Dance
When: Saturday, June 16, 4 p.m.
Where Municipal Gardens 1831 Lafayette Road
 



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Trails and Greenways 

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Did you know Indy Parks offers 135 miles of trails? Our gorgeous greenways are perfect for hiking, biking, walking the dog, going for a jog, or simply enjoying a peaceful moment with nature. Trails are open year round for residents to enjoy. 

Check out the Monon Trail, Pogues Run Greenway, White River Trail, Central Canal Towpath, 71st Street Connector, Eagle Creek Greenway, Fall Creek Greenway, Little Buck Creek, Pennsy Trail, and Pleasant Run Greenway.

Here is a map of parks, facilities, trails, and amenities: Indy Parks Guide Map.pdf
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FREE Meals for Youth  
Did you know Indy Parks serves more than 400,000 free meals to youth ages 18 and under. Our services include After School Meals. Take a look at meal sites and contact information. Download a copy of our 2018 Meals Flyer.pdf2018 Meals Flyer.pdf

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Sharing the Dream at Brookside Park 
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More than 300 Citizens Energy Group employees have made improvements to the Brookside Park Family Center as part of Citizens’ 10th Sharing the Dream event, a multi-day community service project that gives employees a chance to serve Central Indiana and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Brookside Park is a 108-acre municipal park on the near-eastside of Indianapolis, just north of the Rural-Sherman neighborhood. Park amenities include a swimming pool, family recreation center, tennis and basketball courts, fields, playgrounds, shelters and a disc golf course. Throughout the two-day service project, volunteers will spend time painting walls, installing new lighting, refurbishing the auditorium and stage, expanding the kitchen area, moving the reception desk to a more visible location and much, much more. Citizens is also currently doing work in the park as part of its Upper Pogue’s Run CSO project. As part of that initiative, we are making enhancements to the park’s grounds, including adding trees, extending a portion of Pogue’s Run Trail and restoring the disc golf course.

Brookside Park was also the first Sharing the Dream project in 2009. 

Citizens employees donated nearly 2,000 hours of volunteer time during Sharing the Dream, and Citizens and its generous partners donated nearly $900,000 either monetarily or in-kind. A special thank-you goes out to those partners, especially Marksmen Construction Services and Mitsch Design, for their efforts prior to and during the Sharing the Dream event.

About Sharing the Dream

Sharing the Dream is an annual service project to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s service project is the 10th Citizens project in partnership with Indy Parks and the Indianapolis Parks Foundation. Citizens has donated close to $3 million during Sharing the Dream projects over the years for improvements to Brookside Park Family Center, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park’s pool and bathhouse, Pride Park Community Center, Municipal Gardens, Eagle Creek Hide-A-Way, Perry Park’s Ice Arena, Thatcher Park, Krannert Park, Garfield Park and Riverside Park.

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Riverside Park Master Plan
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Indy Parks is developing its Riverside Regional Park Master Plan. Riverside Regional Park, located on the near west side of Indianapolis, is one of our community’s premier amenities for open space, recreation, and culture. The Master Plan process began in January 2017 and concluded in November 2017.​

Get InvolvedOur last public meeting was held on Thursday, August 10. Take a look at recommendations for the park's redevelopment: Riverside Park Master Plan Concepts. ​


Tarkington Park  
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Tarkington Park is ready for play as its new playground makes its debut. The new, modern playground includes a climbing wall, tunnels, slides, two half-court basketball courts, benches, and swings. 

“From the moment you step onto the new playground, you know you are going to have a great time at Tarkington Park,” said Linda Broadfoot, Director of Indy Parks. “Our planning team really thought about how children were going to use this space. The vibrant colors, the cushiony surfaces and endless places to explore all serve to welcome families to this wonderful park.” 

The park, which is located at 45 W. 40th Street, has undergone more than a year of construction and overall improvements. Improvements to the park were identified through a series of public input meetings and in collaboration with community-building organizations. The nearly $6 million investment will also include accessible restrooms, café, splash plaza, and two full basketball courts.

Tarkington Park is located in Maple Crossing near the intersection of 39th and Meridian. The Tarkington Park Master Plan was adopted by the City in November of 2012. The plan was a group effort of numerous area neighborhood plans which called for area redevelopment, new investment, and improved public amenities. This park serves a diverse community in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood, residents of downtown Indy, and out-of-city visitors.​

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Indy Parks Customer Service Center  
The Indy Parks Customer Service Center is now located at Riverside Park. 

Indy Parks Customer Service Center 
Riverside Park 
1720 Burdsal Parkway
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 327-PARK

Call or visit the Customer Service Center: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The center no longer has offices in the City County Building. We look forward to helping you register for classes, reserve facilities and shelters, and find answers to all of your park questions.   
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 Sharing the Dream Makeover at Riverside Park
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Citizens Energy Group brought in over 300 employee volunteers and donated more than $1 million dollars in refurbishments and services to Riverside Park. The multi-day service project gives employees a chance to serve the community and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Nearly every inch of Riverside Park’s 35,000 square foot facility has been refurbished. We are so grateful to have community partners like Citizen's Energy Group who, year after year, make our city better by their commitment to improve Indy Parks.​
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Unveiling the new Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Playground
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Indy Parks joined Mayor Joe Hogsett, State Representative Greg Porter, City-County Councillor Vop Osili and students from the Center for Inquiry (IPS #27) to unveil the park’s new playground and other enhancements. Since April, the park has undertaken nearly $600,000 in updates and renovations, which include new playground equipment and a community shelter. Earlier this year, the NCAA Team Works Basketball Dreamcourt (adjacent to the playground) was unveiled.
 
Click the link below to watch a video of the press conference and ribbon cutting: 
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Celebration & Dedication of the Holliday Park Ruins
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Mayor Joe Hogsett, the Friends of Holliday Park and Indy Parks unveiled the restored structure, which originally opened in 1978 and has been off limits to the public for almost 20 years. The Ruins, the spectacular stone structure located in the park, have undergone a major facelift. Now restored, the Ruins area features a children’s water table, shimmer fountain, benches, an allée of trees and new gardens. In 2010, the Friends of Holliday Park launched a capital campaign to raise funds to renovate the exhibit hall in the nature center and revitalize and endow the Ruins.

Colts Challenge Course Unveiling at Riverside Park
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Indoor Pools 

Our indoor pools are located at: Indy Island, Krannert Park, Thatcher Park and Washington Community School.  Indoor Pool Schedule​
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​Need help? Call 317-327-PARK

or email us at Indy Parks Customer Service

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