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 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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Sharing the Dream at Brookside Park 
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More than 300 Citizens Energy Group employees are making 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.

Sharing the Dream begins on January 10 and wraps up on January 11. On Monday, January 15, Indy Parks will reopen the Brookside Park Family Center for a community open house, giving residents a chance to tour the facility and see the improvements. Citizens employees will donate nearly 2,000 hours of volunteer time during Sharing the Dream. Citizens and its generous partners will donate nearly $900,000 either monetarily or in-kind.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and Park Activities - January 15

In celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Indy Parks is offering more than 20 special events and activities. In addition to the open house and activities, Indy Parks announced its holiday hours for parks and the administrative office.

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Holiday Closings: The Broad Ripple Family Center, Indianapolis World Sports Park, Kuntz Soccer Stadium, Perry Park Indoor Facility, aquatic centers and pools (except for -- Indy Island will be open from 12-5 p.m.), Administrative Office and Customer Service Center will be closed.​ 

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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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Perry Park Ice Skating Rink 

Due to mechanical issues, Indy Parks is temporarily closing Perry Park Ice Skating Rink for the remainder of the season effective Friday, Dec. 22. Once repairs have been completed, Indy Parks hopes to reopen the rink in the fall of 2018. 

Perry Park Facility Hours

Monday-Friday: 12-4 p.m. 

Call (317) 888-0070


Indy Parks Customer Service Hours (in-person and telephone)

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Call (317) 327-7275 (select option #2)

Visit: 1720 Burdsal Parkway (at Riverside Park)

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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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Upcoming Events 

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

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Grab your sled and try out our snowy grounds #HappySledding


Jackie Curt Nature Photography Exhibit Opening
When: Friday, January 12, 9 a.m.
Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road

Saturday Story Time
When: Saturday, January 13, 10 a.m.
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 2505 Conservatory Drive

Create and Decorate: Pinecone Critters
When: Sunday, 1:30 p.m.       
Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road
                
MLK Day Events

When: Monday, January 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Multiple Locations

Central Indiana Beekeepers Association
When: Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road

Story Time on the Reservoir
When: Wednesday, January 17, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Eagle Creek Park Earth Discovery Center, 5901 Delong Road

Hoosier Herpetology Society
When: Wednesday, January 17, 7 p.m.
Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road

Little Ducklings: Arctic Animals
When: Thursday, January 18, 10:30 a.m.
Where; Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center, 6515 Delong Road

Bad Art Night
When: Friday, January 19, 6 p.m.

Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive​                                     

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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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