Family Floats at Broad Ripple Park

What a wonderful weekend it was hosting 90 novice paddlers for our second annual Family Floats event at Broad Ripple Park! With the help of 11 volunteers from the Friends of Broad Ripple Park and Friends of the White River, we led paddle trips up and down river along the park waterfront and we saw lots of big smiles from our participants.

We also welcomed guests that included the Hoosier Canoe & Kayak Club (with their nicely-done scale model of a lowhead dam), the Indianapolis Fire Department Station 14 Water Rescue Tact Team, and BRICS Ice Cream. We offer a big thank you to all who helped!

Hoosier History: White River

What do grist mills, meat-packing plants, sea monsters, and steamboats have in common? All are a part of the history of the White River. Visit Hoosier History Live on WICR as host Nelson Price interviews Hamilton County historian David Heighway, Alex Umlouf from Reconnecting to Our Waterways, and Kevin Hardie from Friends of the White River to hear the stories. The show airs from noon to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 13 on WICR 88.7 FM.

Come share the Vision!

Raft guides by the river
Friends of the White River raft guides compare notes prior to launching Monday’s Vision Plan float.

This first week of June is named White River Vision Plan Week and you are invited! Events began Monday morning, June 3 with an unveiling of the Vision Plan at the Indianapolis Art Center.

The remainder of this week features river cleanups, art activities, a restaurant night, film screenings, concerts, hikes, a family-friendly Shakespeare play, and a bridge lighting ceremony. Come help your community celebrate this visionary plan for Central Indiana’s defining natural resource — the White River! See the whole schedule on the Vision Plan web site.

Friends of the White River have been actively involved in planning activities from the beginning and will be supporting the events all week.