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Welcome to Indy Parks

 Indy Parks and Recreation

Our Vision & Mission ​​​​​​​​​​
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.  

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. 

Try more than 1,000 classes and special programs 

Fall Hikes, Hauntless Halloween & More 
Fall is the perfect backdrop for your park adventures. From trail walks to holiday-themed activities, Indy Parks has your events covered. 


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Day of Service on October 27
Join the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative and Indy Parks as we beautify Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Find more details and register here:

Upcoming Events 

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

Small Wonders: Pumpkins​

When: October 17

Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road   

Creepy Creatures II (school-aged children)

When: October 17 at 2 p.m.

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 2505 Conservaory Drive 

Conservation Stories: Owls

When: October 18, 2 p.m. 

Where: Eagle Creek Park/Ornithology Center, 6515 Delong Road 

Little Ducklings: Night Creatures 

When: October 19, 10:30 a.m. 

Where: Eagle Creek Park/Ornithology Center, 6515 Delong Road 

Theraputic Creative Arts and Crafts 

When: October 19-December 14 (on Thursdays), 5:30 p.m.

Where:  Rhodius Park, 1720 W. Wilkins Street

Hauntless Halloween

When: October 19, 5:50 p.m. 

Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road    

Storytime on the Reservoir - Pumpkin, Pumpkin 

When: October 20, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Eagle Creek Park/Earth Discovery Center, 5901 Delong Road 

Hauntless Halloween​

When: October 20, 5:50 p.m. 

Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road  

Yoga in the Park 

When: October 21, 9 a.m.

Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road  

Pumpkin Plunge 

When: October 21, 1 p.m. 

Where: Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road 

Hauntless Halloween

When: October 21, 5 p.m. 

Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road  

See a Full List of Upcoming Events 


Riverside Park Master Plan

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 will conclude 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.​

Customer Service Center now located at Riverside Park 
The Indy Parks Customer Service Center is now located at Riverside Park. 
New contact info for the Customer Service Center: 
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.-5 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.   

 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.​
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: 
Celebration & Dedication of the Holliday Park Ruins
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
Mayor Joe Hogsett, Indianapolis Colts unveil new Fitness Park at Riverside Park.pdf​

Indoor Pools 

Our indoor pools are: Indy Island, Krannert, Thatcher 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