Your support matters, no matter the amount

cleanup volunteers at workWhite River has had a presence in your life, which is why you have supported the Friends organization in the past. Your annual contribution lets us speak out for the waterway, helping others understand both its challenges and its opportunities.

The coming year will bring with it an even greater need for White River’s many and varied voices to be heard. Your membership helps assure that an organization established in 1985 to advocate for ongoing enhancement of the waterway continues its work.

The Friends speak out for the future of White River and we also know that actions are louder than words. That is why we have helped lead cleanups during the past 30 years. During that time, more than 2,000,000 pounds of trash and illegally dumped debris have been collected by thousands of volunteers.

We’re worked to bring hundreds of people, including a whole new generation, to the waterway for on-water experiences that allow them to discover how they can both enjoy and improve the river.

donate to the FriendsIn 2019, your tax-deductible donation will also support our participation in a process impacting a 58-mile stretch that is part of a Vision Plan. Help us continue to speak for the waterway as a grassroots group.

Please make a year-end contribution today. Your membership will make you one of many voices of the river we want to be heard. We speak for White River in thanking you for the support you’ve provided in the past and the support needed for the future!

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.

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.

In January, the “Action Phase” will begin and include public meetings asking for comments and reactions. A final plan will be submitted to the City of Indianapolis, Hamilton County Tourism, and Visit Indy in the spring of 2019.

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.