November 5 - 19
Indy Parks Throughout the Years
Celebrate Indianapolis’s Bicentennial by sharing in well-known, quirky, and even difficult stories connected to Indy Parks through an exhibit of historical narratives and images. Learn more about how our greenspaces have created a space for civic pride, community, and culture across Indianapolis for over 140 years. Reflect on the future of Indy Parks as we continue to create accessible, equitable, and inclusive experiences for all audiences in our public spaces. You’re sure to find out something new about your favorite park in this exhibit, or learn about a park you’ve never visited before!
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As part of our involvement in the Spirit & Place Festival, we hosted a First Friday Speaker Program. We're especially thankful to our five panelists: Glory-June Greiff, Jordan Ryan, Mark Bowell, Michelle Salinas, and Don Colvin, for the information they shared with us. View the recording and visit spiritandplace.org to see what other events are being hosted during the festival!
Envisioning a Future
Indy Parks Vision: 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 economic, social, and environmental health of our city.
Like many U.S. cities, we recognize that public spaces have had tough histories, but we feel it is important to address our past in order to create a more equitable future. Our Indy Parks are public spaces that are for anyone and everyone, and we are committed to being inclusive and equitable in order to provide opportunities for all to explore nature, sports, recreation, arts, and culture through our city parks. We hope you’ll get out and #DiscoverIndyParks by visiting all of our 212 parks and greenspaces across the city!
Thank you to the Indiana Historical Society and Indiana Album for allowing us to use these historical images that capture the stories of our city parks. A special thanks to Spirit & Place for partnering with and including our exhibition as part of their 2020 Spirit & Place Festival: Origins.
Download one or all of these vintage Indy Parks postcards designed with inspiration from historical photos of Riverside, Holliday, and Garfield parks! You can download and print off each postcard. Then, color it in to personalize, jot down or draw your favorite memory from one of our parks, and/or mail one off to a family or friend with a fun message!
Make some new memories in our Indy Parks! Download a passport, and follow these instructions to cut and fold your passport. Then, visit each of these iconic park landmarks in various parks across the city, including Garfield, MLK, Highland, Holliday, and Riverside parks. At each park you visit, make a note in the passport about the date you visited and your experience & thoughts on each iconic landmark.