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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. 

Day Camp Brochure:  IndyParks2018DayCampBrochure.pdf

Indy Free Tax Prep
In partnership with United Wayof Central Indiana and the Internal Revenue Service, Indy Parks is offering free tax preparation at Broad Ripple Park, Municpal Gardens, and Washington Park. 

Indy Free Tax Prep is a network of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in Central Indiana serving Marion, Hendricks, Boone and Morgan counties. Indy Free Tax Prep is an IRS-sponsored and volunteer-run program that provides free tax preparation to individuals and families with a combined household income of $66,000 or less. 


Municipal Gardens       1831 Lafayette Rd.       317.327.7190
Tuesday | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Dates:   2/6, 3/6, 3/20

Washington Park                 3130 E 30th St.         317.327.7473
Tuesday | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
Dates:    2/13, 2/27, 3/13, 3/27

Broad Ripple Park            1550 N Broad Ripple Ave.           317.327.7161
Wednesday | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Dates:  1/31, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7,3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11

Thursday | 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Dates:  2/1, 2/8

Friday | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dates:    2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13

All services are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call individual park locations to schedule
your appointment and to verify availability. Free tax preparation is also available at other non-Indy Parks locations. Call 2-1-1 or visit for more info. 


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.


(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 

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. 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)


Trails and Greenways 


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

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. 

Garfield Park Arts Center Exhibit

Jackie Curt Nature Photography Exhibit

When: Now through March 4, 9 a.m. (Monday-Saturday) & 1 p.m. (Sunday)
Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road

Black History Month Exhibit: Heroes
When: Now through February 24, 2 p.m. (Tuesday-Friday) & 10 a.m. (Saturday)
Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive

Indiana Photographic Society
When: Wednesday, February 7, 7 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive

Yoga in the Park
When: Thursday, February 8, 6 p.m.
Where: Holliday Park 6363 Spring Mill Road

A Night of English Country Dancing
When: Thursday, February 8, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive

Natural History Book Club
When: Friday, February 9, 10 a.m.
Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road

Adaptive Basketball
When: Friday, February 9, 6 p.m.
Where: Watkins Park 2360 Dr. M.L.K. Jr Street

Cover-to-Cover Book Club
When: Friday, February 9, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Municipal Gardens, 1831 Lafayette Road

Community Yoga in the Gallery
When: Saturday, February 10, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive

You Deserve a Break
When: Saturday, February 10, 11 a.m.
Where: Rhodius Park, 1720 W. Wilkins Street

Valentine's Family Craft Day
When: Saturday, February 10, 12 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive

Free Nature Discovery Class: Mammal Rehibiliation 
When: Saturday, February 10, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Eagle Creek Park, 5901 Delong Road

Party Time Dance
When: Saturday, February 10, 7 p.m.
Where: Riverside Park, 2420 E. Riverside Drive

Family Yoga
When: Sunday, February 11, 10 a.m.
Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road

Conservation and Coffee
When: Sunday, February 11, 12 p.m.
Where: Eagle Creek Ornithology Center, 6515 Delong Road

Create & Decorate: Dream Catchers
When: Sunday, February 11, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road

Story Time on the Reservoir
When: Tuesday, February 13, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Eagle Creek Park, 5901 Delong Road

Jungle Tales
When: Tuesday, February 13, 10 a.m.
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 2505 Conservatory Drive

Amos Butler Audobon Society 
When: Tuesday, February 13, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road

Beastly Brunch
When: Wednesday, February 14, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road

Love Birds of Eagle Creek
When: Wedneaday, February 14, 2 p.m.
Where: Eagle Creek Ornithology Center, 6515 Delong Road

Sweets for Your Sweetie
When: Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 2505 Conservatory Drive

Valentine's Art Night Out
When: Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive​

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 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.​


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.   

 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
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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