Friends of the White River teamed up with the Friends of Broad Ripple Park to offer Family Floats, an opportunity for a short raft trip on White River this past July 29. Now we are partnering with Groundwork Indy to take this same idea to Riverside Park. Look for us Saturday, August 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at the concrete steps on the northwest corner of the 30th Street Bridge over White River. Photo by the Broad Ripple Gazette.
Riverside Regional Park is one of the oldest parks in Indianapolis and second largest, draping both sides of White River from 30th Street south to nearly 16th. During 2017, it went through a master plan process in which Friends of the White River participated.
This article describes the park’s rich, sometimes challenging history, and the collaborative, inclusive master plan process. Read more: Bringing Riverside Regional Park into the 21st Century by John D. Jackson, PLA, LEED AP, National Recreation and Park Association, July 6, 2018. You also can read the Riverside Regional Park Master Plan in detail.
The City of Indianapolis, Hamilton County Tourism, Inc., and Visit Indy have released a general overview of how the White River Vision Plan will shake out. Friends of the White River are involved as a member of the Stakeholder Committee and the first public meetings have been scheduled:
July 11, 6 to 8 p.m.
Noblesville City Hall
16 S. 10th Street, Noblesville
July 12, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Paul J. Norman Center, Marian University
3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis
July 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
Riverside Park Family Center
2420 E. Riverside Drive, Indianapolis
Visit the White River Vision plan web site and read an in-depth piece that looks at partners and efforts to support White River: Embracing a Treasure: White River by Thomas P. Healy, Indy Midtown Magazine, July 10, 2018.