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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. 

(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 

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 AfterschoolMealSites.PNG

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Upcoming Events 

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


Conservatory Crossing at Garfield Park Now-December 31

Conservatory Crossing
When: Now through December 31. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 2505 Conservatory Drive

Story Time on the Reservoir
When: Thursday, December 14, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Eagle Creek Park. Earth Discovery Center, 5901 Delong Road

Therapeutic Creative Arts and Crafts
When: Thursday, December 14,  5:30 p.m.  
Where: Rhodius Park Family Center, 1720 Wilkins Street 

A Night of English Country Dancing
When: Thursday, December 14, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive    

Bad Art Night: Holiday Edition
When: Friday, December 15, 6 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive 

Santa's Workshop
When: Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m. 
Where: Indy Island Aquatic Center, 8575 E. Raymond Street

Holiday Gingerbread Houses
When: Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m. 
Where: Tarkington Park, 3967 N. Illinois Street

Gather's Christmas Holiday
When: Saturday, December 16, 11 a.m.
Where: Rhodius Park Family Center, 1720 Wilkins Street 

Christmas Celebration
When: Saturday, December 16, 11 a.m.
Where: Riverside Park, 1720 Burdsal Parkway

Arts for All: Air-Dry Clay Keychains
When: Saturday, December 16, 12 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive 

Reindeer Games!
When: Saturday, December 16, 12 p.m.
Where: George Washington Community Pool, 2215 W. Washington St.

Christmas at Douglass
When: Saturday, December 16, 1 p.m.
Where: Douglass Park, 1616 E. 25th Street

Vintage Movie Nights
When: Saturday, December 16, 7 p.m.
Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive 

Christmas Bird Count
When: Sunday, December 17, 8 a.m.
Where: Eagle Creek Ornithology Center, 6515 Delong Road

Winter Birds and Crafts
When: Tuesday, December 19, 2 p.m.
Where: Eagle Creek Ornithology Center, 6515 Delong Road

Holiday Concert Series
When: Wednesday, December 20, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive ​                                     

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 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.-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
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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