• Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

    On Monday, January 19, our nation will pause to commemorate the work of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Though Indianapolis is hundreds of miles from Montgomery, Alabama where Reverend King and his...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Willard Park

    One mile east of downtown Indianapolis on Washington Street, you’ll find Willard Park.  The land of this eleven-acre park had many identities in its history, but has always played an important role in uniting the...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: The Hotel Washington

    The Hotel Washington as it appeared in 1913, shortly after completion. (Image: Bass Photo Collection, Indiana Historical Society) Towering 17 stories over east Washington Street, The Symphony Center stands out gracefully among the other early...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: JTV Hill Park

    A cold wind whipped through the bare trees as I walked the perimeter of JTV Hill Park.  There was no denying it: winter had arrived in the Circle City.  Temperatures are dropping, Indy Parks remain...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Christian Park

    Welcome to Christian Park on Indy’s southeast side As trees begin to drop the last of their crisp leaves and the sun sets ever earlier, there’s no denying it: winter has descended upon the Circle...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Skiles Test Nature Park

    Welcome to Skiles Test Nature Park Just across the street from Woollens Garden you’ll find another of the city’s most primitive parks, Skiles Test Nature Park.  There’s no better place to take in the sites...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Woollens Garden

    The northeast section of Interstate 465 is one of Indianapolis’s busiest roads.  Travelers speed through it on their morning commute, perhaps unaware that one of the City’s most picturesque parks lies beneath this road, just...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Dancing on the Roof

    The back side of this 1943 postmarked postcard reads “I am dancing at the Indiana Roof, beautiful combination Night Club and Ballroom, where Indianapolis dances every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.” (Image: eBay) The Indiana...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Babe Denny Park

    This fall, over half a million football fans dressed in their blue and white finest will visit downtown to cheer the Indianapolis Colts to victory.  As they trek to the stadium, many will unknowingly pass...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: At the Museum

    John Herron Art Institute as it appeared in 1906. (Image: eBay) The Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the crown jewels of our city. Few may realize that the facility near 38th Street and...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Highland Park

    Welcome to Highland Park in the Holy Cross neighborhood Indianapolis’s second highest elevation is found in a park in the Holy Cross Neighborhood, near 1100 East New York Street.  The park’s unimaginative name?  Highland Park. ...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure At Your Leisure: Rene’s French Restaurant

    What comes to mind when you think of French cuisine? Could it be an elegant dining room with tables draped in white adorned with intricate place settings? Perhaps an image of meals served with loaves of...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Spades Place Park and Brookside Parkway

    Just down the street from Brookside Park, you’ll find Spades Place Park.  This thirty-one acre neighborhood park at 1800 Nowland Avenue is one of the Windsor Park neighborhood’s most picturesque features.  But it’s not Spades...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Brookside Park

    One of my favorite things about Indianapolis is that the city has something for everyone.  Whether you’re looking for unique cuisine, world-class art, kid-friendly activities, or the thrill of a sporting event, you can find...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Douglass Park

    Indianapolis is a city rich in sports tradition.  We have the Indianapolis Indians, minor-league baseball’s second oldest team; the Indiana Fever, who won their first WNBA title in 2012; the Pacers, three-time American Basketball Association...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Washington Park

    There’s nothing better than a sunny summer day at the park and there’s no better place to enjoy the summer’s most beloved activities than at George Washington Park.  When arriving at this 128-acre community park...

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  • Posted in: Indianapolis Collected Indianapolis Collected: A Stitch Back in Time

    In the earliest days of Indianapolis, young John Wilkins was a favorite of the ladies. He arrived from Ohio in May 1821, and built himself a one-horse carriage, the first of its kind in Indianapolis.  Despite a...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Edna Balz Lacy Family Park

    Lacy Park is located at 700 Greer Street in the Fletcher Place neighborhood. Nestled into the quiet corner of Greer and East streets lies Edna Balz Lacy Park.  This two-acre neighborhood park in Fletcher Place...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Tarkington Park

    Welcome to Tarkington Park!  The 10.32-acre neighborhood park is found near the intersection of 39th and Meridian Streets.  The Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood on Indianapolis’s old northwest side is rich with history.  It draws its name from...

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  • Posted in: Indianapolis Collected Indianapolis Collected: The Fall of the House of Fletcher

    When the youngest son of pioneer leader Calvin Fletcher graduated from Phillips Academy in 1865, he asked his classmates to sign an autograph book. “Dear Al,” one faded inscription reads, “As we hope to meet at...

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