White River Vision Plan, Envision Phase

White River PlanThe 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. Three public meetings are scheduled to gather input and comments:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 6–8 p.m.
Wilfong Pavillion in Founders Park
11675 Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel 46033

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, noon–1:30 p.m.
Rhodius Park
1720 West Wilkins Street, Indianapolis 46221

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6–7:30 p.m.
ROWPort Edison School of the Arts
777 South White River Parkway, West Drive, Indianapolis 46221

You are encouraged to take a White River Vision Survey about how you use White River and what you want to see for its future. 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 (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.

Mounds Lake update

Free-flowing White River in Madison County. Photo by Jerry Byard.

Friends of the White River is on record s opposing this damming proposal for a scenic, environmentally important stretch of White River. Mounds Lake still afloat, by Ken de la Bastide, Anderson Herald Bulletin, August 24, 2018.