Partners for the White River

paddlers in raftsA recent WTHR article spotlights a Friends partner activity during 2018. Because our mission is to engage people with the river, our volunteers provided more than a dozen float trips with various organizations, often in conjunction with Reconnecting to our Waterways and Groundwork Indy.

Going Green: Rediscovering the White River by Kelly Greene, WTHR, November 12, 2018

Funding for Partners for the White River is provided by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.

White River Vision Plan, Envision Phase

White River PlanPlease complete the online White River Vision Survey about how you use White River and what you want to see for its future! It now includes an interactive Map Survey so you can drop pins in your favorite spots along the river.

The White River Vision Plan has entered its “Envision Phase,” during which the planners will assess destinations and neighborhood districts; overlooked locations with significant ecological, historical, cultural, scientific or aesthetic value; and the river’s overall system of connectivity, looking for gaps and opportunities. Two more public meetings are scheduled to gather input and comments:

Monday, November 5, 2018, 5–7 p.m.
Strawtown Koteewi Park, Taylor Center for Natural History
12308 Strawtown Avenue, Noblesville 46060

Monday, November 19, 2018, 7–8 p.m.
Noblesville Public Library
1 Library Plaza, Noblesville 46060

The project also is enlisting citizen River Guides to help spread the message, as described in a recent Indy Star article.

As part of this phase, concepts and design plans will be created to develop the White River and include themes, events and experiences already in place in the 58 miles of river in Marion and Hamilton Counties.

For more background, see our earlier post, White River Vision Plan, Discovery Phase.


adult and child paddling a canoeThe White River Vision Plan is a joint effort between the City of Indianapolis and Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. in partnership with Visit Indy, to develop a comprehensive and coordinated regional, community-driven plan to enhance 58 miles of the White River in Marion and Hamilton counties. The goal of the vision plan is to create an accessible, recreational, and cultural environment that encourages a unique sense of place for the community as a whole, similar to finished “river city” developments in cities like Nashville, Columbus, Chicago, and Cincinnati.