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Indy Parks open houses put the “community” in community parks 

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After receiving an $80 million Lilly Endowment in 2023, Indy Parks plans to upgrade 58 local parks. Now, Indy Parks is giving the community a chance to shape what the plans look like.  

Indy Parks is hosting six Community Open House events and one special event where community members can offer input on what they think the parks could use.  

Each open house will showcase the current plans, while asking the community to suggest modifications as they visit.  

Current plans span from upgrades to walkways and installation of pickleball courts to a splash pond and more.  

“By expanding and improving our park system, we are creating more opportunities for residents to engage in healthy activities and build relationships with their neighbors,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a statement in the 2023 comprehensive master plan update.  

Many public meetings were held recently at various parks from June 11-13.  

Open house events will occur at the following dates and times:  

  • June 13 6:30 – 8 p.m. A Community Open House for Tolin-Akeman Park at Gray Road Baptist Church, 5500 Gray Rd (Fellowship Hall, front entrance), Hosted by: Indy Parks, JS Held, Mader Design, Shrewsberry & Associates 
  • June 15 2 – 5 p.m. Booth at the Riverside Reunion Event for Taggart Memorial Playground at Riverside Family Center, 2420 East Riverside Dr., Hosted by: Indy Parks, V3, Herd Strategies, RLR, Tikur Solutions, 7NT, KBSO Consulting, JQOL Engineering, Roger Ward Engineering, LaShawnda Crowe Storm, and Shrewsberry & Associates  
  • June 27 6:30 – 8 p.m. Community Open House for Sahm Park at East 91st St. Christian Church, 6049 E 91st St., Hosted by: Indy Parks, Browning Day, Shrewsberry & Associates 

For more details about the initiative, visit indy.gov: Park Master Plans, parks.indy.gov or follow them on social media at the following: Facebook @indyparksandrec, Instagram @indyparks and X @IndyParksandRec. 

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