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.
Continue reading White River Vision Plan, Discovery Phase
Currently, Anderson’s White River Trail follows the river through the downtown area to the west side of the city. A new segment will extend east to the Rangeline Nature Preserve and is part of a larger effort to enhance the city’s quality of life and sense of place by engaging people with White River. Last year, Anderson repaired the trail around Shadyside Lake; next year, the city will improve the connection between Shadyside and the downtown area.
White River also is a popular paddling area for canoeists and kayakers. Read more: Anderson seeks to enhance sense of community by extending trail by Ken de la Bastide, The Herald Bulletin, June 14, 2018.