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Welcome to Indy Parks

 Indy Parks and Recreation

Our Vision & Mission ​​​​​​​​​​
With over a century of history advancing the value of parks, Indy Parks is committed to protecting and enhancing the community's assets for the future. We will be a leader in making Indianapolis a vibrant, happy and healthy place to live. By providing premier greenspaces and recreation opportunities, we will connect all residents to nature, to the community, and to themselves. Our work is vital to contributing to the econom​​ic, social and environmental health of our city.  

We connect communities by providing places and experiences that inspire healthy living, social engagement, and a love of nature.

Indy Parks offers 
211 parks, 11,254 acres, 125 playgrounds, 155 sports fields, 135 miles of trails, 23 recreation centers and nature centers, 19 aquatic centers, 21 spray grounds, 13 golf courses and 4 dog parks. 

Monon Trail bridge repair over Kessler Boulevard

A northside section of Indy Parks’ Monon Trail will be closing on Thursday, December 13th for bridge repairs and maintenance. This project will result in closure from East 61st Street to Northview Avenue. This section of the Monon Trail is estimated to re-open on Thursday, February 1st.

This northside project is located at the bridge over Kessler Boulevard East Drive and the Monon Trail intersection. Due to IndyGo construction, Indy Parks has updated the detour routes in order to ensure the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. Residents can follow the posted signs and use the following detour routes.

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Monon Trail Bridge Repair DetoursMonon Trail Detour Map_Biking_Pedestrian.pdf

Bridge closure pedestrian detour:

Northbound: Monon and 52nd Street intersection onto College Avenue to Broad Ripple Avenue and Monon Trail intersection

Southbound: Monon Trail to Broad Ripple Avenue over to College Avenue left to 52nd Street and Monon Trail intersection

Bridge closure bicyclist detour:

Northbound: From the Monon Trail, turn left at the trail connection to Northview Avenue and head west until reaching Winthrop Avenue. Turn right on Winthrop Avenue and head north, crossing Kessler Boulevard E Drive, until reaching E 61st Street. Turn right on E 61st Street and head east until reconnecting with Monon Trail. 

Southbound: From Monon Trail, turn right on E 61st Street and travel west until reaching Winthrop Avenue. Turn left on Winthrop Avenue and head south, crossing Kessler Boulevard E Drive, until reaching Northview Avenue. Turn left on Northview Avenue and head east, using the trail connection until reconnecting with Monon Trail.

The Monon Trail is maintained by Indy Parks, and more than 1.3 million people use it annually for commuting, fitness, and recreation.​ 



Beginning September 10, the Garfield Park Arts Center (GPAC) will be open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore our galleries, enjoy extended Arts for All classes, open studios, afternoon workshops, and so much more. GPAC will continue to offer evening classes, art clubs, and special events.


  Indy Parks Family Center and Facility 2018 Fall Hours .pdf



Athletic Rental Fees


(click the text/link above to explore available classes)

Try more than 2,400 creative classes and special programs including swim lessons, ballet, art, gymnastics, aerobics, holiday activities, sports leagues, STEM Legos, and more. 

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Indy in Motion Fitness Classes 
Indy Parks also offers free Indy in Motion classes. In partnership with the Marion County Health Department, these classes provide cardio, strength training with resistance bands, balancing, and more. IndyinMotionClasses.jpg ​


Upcoming Events 

Click on the activity/event name to see more details. 

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Southeastway Park 

Saturday, November 17 at 10 a.m. & Sunday, November 18 at 11 a.m.
The 11th Annual Autumn Art Fair
Garfield Park Arts Center - Indy Parks and Recreation

Monday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Central Indiana Beekeepers Association
Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

Tuesday, November 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Small Wonders
Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation

Tuesday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Indy Island - Indy Parks and Recreation

Wednesday, November 21 at 3:30 p.m.
Story Time on the Reservoir
Park Naturalist - Indy Parks and Recreation

Wednesday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Hoosier Herpetology Society
Holliday Park - Indy Parks and Recreation​

Trails and Greenways 


Did you know Indy Parks offers 135 miles of trails? Our gorgeous greenways are perfect for hiking, biking, walking the dog, going for a jog, or simply enjoying a peaceful moment with nature. Trails are open year round for residents to enjoy. 

Check out the Monon Trail, Pogues Run Greenway, White River Trail, Central Canal Towpath, 71st Street Connector, Eagle Creek Greenway, Fall Creek Greenway, Little Buck Creek, Pennsy Trail, and Pleasant Run Greenway.

Here is a map of parks, facilities, trails, and amenities: Indy Parks Guide Map.pdf

Sharing the Dream at Brookside Park 
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More than 300 Citizens Energy Group employees have made improvements to the Brookside Park Family Center as part of Citizens’ 10th Sharing the Dream event, a multi-day community service project that gives employees a chance to serve Central Indiana and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Brookside Park is a 108-acre municipal park on the near-eastside of Indianapolis, just north of the Rural-Sherman neighborhood. Park amenities include a swimming pool, family recreation center, tennis and basketball courts, fields, playgrounds, shelters and a disc golf course. Throughout the two-day service project, volunteers will spend time painting walls, installing new lighting, refurbishing the auditorium and stage, expanding the kitchen area, moving the reception desk to a more visible location and much, much more. Citizens is also currently doing work in the park as part of its Upper Pogue’s Run CSO project. As part of that initiative, we are making enhancements to the park’s grounds, including adding trees, extending a portion of Pogue’s Run Trail and restoring the disc golf course.

Brookside Park was also the first Sharing the Dream project in 2009. 

Citizens employees donated nearly 2,000 hours of volunteer time during Sharing the Dream, and Citizens and its generous partners donated nearly $900,000 either monetarily or in-kind. A special thank-you goes out to those partners, especially Marksmen Construction Services and Mitsch Design, for their efforts prior to and during the Sharing the Dream event.

About Sharing the Dream

Sharing the Dream is an annual service project to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s service project is the 10th Citizens project in partnership with Indy Parks and the Indianapolis Parks Foundation. Citizens has donated close to $3 million during Sharing the Dream projects over the years for improvements to Brookside Park Family Center, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park’s pool and bathhouse, Pride Park Community Center, Municipal Gardens, Eagle Creek Hide-A-Way, Perry Park’s Ice Arena, Thatcher Park, Krannert Park, Garfield Park and Riverside Park.


Riverside Park Master Plan

Indy Parks is developing its Riverside Regional Park Master Plan. Riverside Regional Park, located on the near west side of Indianapolis, is one of our community’s premier amenities for open space, recreation, and culture. The Master Plan process began in January 2017 and concluded in November 2017.​

Get InvolvedOur last public meeting was held on Thursday, August 10. Take a look at recommendations for the park's redevelopment: Riverside Park Master Plan Concepts. ​

Tarkington Park  
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Tarkington Park is ready for play as its new playground makes its debut. The new, modern playground includes a climbing wall, tunnels, slides, two half-court basketball courts, benches, and swings. 

“From the moment you step onto the new playground, you know you are going to have a great time at Tarkington Park,” said Linda Broadfoot, Director of Indy Parks. “Our planning team really thought about how children were going to use this space. The vibrant colors, the cushiony surfaces and endless places to explore all serve to welcome families to this wonderful park.” 

The park, which is located at 45 W. 40th Street, has undergone more than a year of construction and overall improvements. Improvements to the park were identified through a series of public input meetings and in collaboration with community-building organizations. The nearly $6 million investment will also include accessible restrooms, café, splash plaza, and two full basketball courts.

Tarkington Park is located in Maple Crossing near the intersection of 39th and Meridian. The Tarkington Park Master Plan was adopted by the City in November of 2012. The plan was a group effort of numerous area neighborhood plans which called for area redevelopment, new investment, and improved public amenities. This park serves a diverse community in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood, residents of downtown Indy, and out-of-city visitors.​


Indy Parks Customer Service Center  
The Indy Parks Customer Service Center is now located at Riverside Park. 

Indy Parks Customer Service Center 
Riverside Park 
1720 Burdsal Parkway
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 327-PARK

Call or visit the Customer Service Center: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The center no longer has offices in the City County Building. We look forward to helping you register for classes, reserve facilities and shelters, and find answers to all of your park questions.   

 Sharing the Dream Makeover at Riverside Park
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Citizens Energy Group brought in over 300 employee volunteers and donated more than $1 million dollars in refurbishments and services to Riverside Park. The multi-day service project gives employees a chance to serve the community and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Nearly every inch of Riverside Park’s 35,000 square foot facility has been refurbished. We are so grateful to have community partners like Citizen's Energy Group who, year after year, make our city better by their commitment to improve Indy Parks.​
Unveiling the new Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Playground
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Indy Parks joined Mayor Joe Hogsett, State Representative Greg Porter, City-County Councillor Vop Osili and students from the Center for Inquiry (IPS #27) to unveil the park’s new playground and other enhancements. Since April, the park has undertaken nearly $600,000 in updates and renovations, which include new playground equipment and a community shelter. Earlier this year, the NCAA Team Works Basketball Dreamcourt (adjacent to the playground) was unveiled.
Click the link below to watch a video of the press conference and ribbon cutting: 
Celebration & Dedication of the Holliday Park Ruins
Mayor Joe Hogsett, the Friends of Holliday Park and Indy Parks unveiled the restored structure, which originally opened in 1978 and has been off limits to the public for almost 20 years. The Ruins, the spectacular stone structure located in the park, have undergone a major facelift. Now restored, the Ruins area features a children’s water table, shimmer fountain, benches, an allée of trees and new gardens. In 2010, the Friends of Holliday Park launched a capital campaign to raise funds to renovate the exhibit hall in the nature center and revitalize and endow the Ruins.

Colts Challenge Course Unveiling at Riverside Park
Mayor Joe Hogsett, Indianapolis Colts unveil new Fitness Park at Riverside Park.pdf​

Indoor Pools 

Our indoor pools are located at: Indy Island, Krannert Park, Thatcher Park and Washington Community School.  Indoor Pool Schedule​

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​Need help? Call 317-327-PARK

or email us at Indy Parks Customer Service