• Posted in: General University Park: Depew Fountain

    When Ralston originally platted the city of Indianapolis, he made no provision for parks. The populating of Indianapolis began in 1819 and by 1822, the population was approximately 500. Ten years later, the state legislature...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Canterbury Park

    Passenger rail service was nearly eliminated by the late 1950s or early 1960s. (William H. Bass Photo Collection courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society) Welcome to Canterbury Park!  This picturesque 1.7-acre neighborhood park is east of Meridian-Kessler...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In The Park: Forest Manor Park

    Welcome to Forest Manor Park, established in 1937 Welcome to Forest Manor Park on Indianapolis’s east side. This 18.8 acre neighborhood park was established in 1937, to meet the needs of families moving out of the...

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

    Welcome to Haughville Park!  This five-and-a-half acre park on the city’s west side opened in 1922.  Located at 520 North Belleview Place, Haughville Park is one of the park system’s most popular family destinations. The...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Reverend Mozel Sanders Park

    From Colonel Eli Lily to Mayor Thomas Taggart to basketball great Oscar Robertson, there is a lengthy list of people who have helped shape our city’s history.  Reverend Mozel Sanders left a particularly influential legacy...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: 61st & Broadway Park

    Just west of College Avenue in Broad Ripple, you’ll find 61st & Broadway Park. This quaint 2.7-acre neighborhood park opened in 1928.  The park’s amenities include a playground, picnic shelter, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts,...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Bethel Park

    Bethel Park opened in 1935 Welcome to Bethel Park!  This 14.5 acre community park on the city’s southeast side is located at 2850 Bethel Avenue, and features athletic fields, horseshoe pits, a running track, and...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: A Baaaaa-a-a-d Idea Turned Good

      The Indianapolis Parks system history is filled with delightful stories of united communities, honored heroes, and family fun. But there are a few tales in our city’s annals that might also raise an eyebrow...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Fall Creek & 30th Park

    Welcome to Fall Creek & 30th Park! Welcome to Fall Creek & 30th Park!  This seven-acre neighborhood park is nestled into a quaint corner on the north side, where Fall Creek Parkway angles northeast.  It...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Hawthorne Park

    The Near Westside neighborhood is one of Indianapolis’s oldest and most well-established communities.  In its early days, it was largely a rural area, separated from the “big city” of Indianapolis by the White River.  After the arrival...

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  • 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: 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: Then & Now Then & Now: Finch Park and the 1700 Block of Fletcher Avenue

    Playing football in what became Finch Park, ca. 1915 Finch Park, originally located on S. State Avenue between Spann and Fletcher Avenues, has long served the Fountain Square neighborhood as a playground and park. Photograph...

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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: 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: 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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