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#IndyWaterwaysChallenge launches to encourage visiting 6 Indianapolis waterways

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Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) announces a new initiative to encourage individuals, groups and families to safely visit and explore all six of Indianapolis’ major waterways: Fall Creek, Little Eagle Creek, the White River, the Central Canal, Pogue’s Run and Pleasant Run.  The first 50 who visit all six between May 1 and Oct. 31 and post to social media with the hashtag #IndyWaterwaysChallenge will earn a colorful “Exploration & Celebration Along Our Waterways“ T-shirt.

Visitors can use ROW’s interactive Exploration Guide for a self-guided tour of six waterway communities and all the fun that can be found along the way. From Central Canal’s new Tow Path extension to Pleasant Run’s Spruce Bridge art installation to White River’s Urban Wilderness Trail butterfly paths; there are many things to do and see along our waterways! Now is the perfect time to explore the trails and greenways, the parks and business centers, natural spaces and neighborhoods, that traverse our Indy waterways. With the guide, you can: 

check out new signage that highlight the history, ecology and culture of our waterway landscapes. 

Explore beautiful and often hidden spaces for quiet reflection, immerse yourself in artwork, enjoy the seating, take in some incredible viewsheds, and witness the nature that thrives in and around our waterways. 

Take a picnic with family, a bike ride with friends, a walk with your pup or a book to read as you discover our waterways. 

Tell a friend or co-worker about Indy’s six waterways — Central Canal, Fall Creek, Little Eagle Creek, Pleasant Run, Pogue’s Run, and White River — and the adventures that await!   

This #IndyWaterwaysChallenge is for everyone, and we encourage those of all ages and abilities to be a part. Most of our Indy greenways like the White River, Pleasant Run and Fall Creek trails are accessible for the disabled in locations from designated parking areas. And many are also accessible by IndyGo and Pacers Bikeshare.

Follow these three easy steps:
1) Take a photo along any of ROW’s six waterways;
2) Post the photo on social media with #IndyWaterwaysChallenge; and then
3) Complete the form to receive your t-shirt.

Those who prefer a hard copy of the Guide can find a printed map to take an exploration, at these locations: 

Central Canal: 

The Learning Tree  

Groundwork Indy 

Fall Creek: 

City View 

Free Wheelin Community Bikes 

Goose the Market 

Indianapolis Cultural Trail Office 

Little Eagle Creek: 

Eagle Branch Library 

El Puerto De San Blas 

Georgetown Market 

Indianapolis Healthplex 

International Marketplace Coalition 

Little Eagle Creek Nursery & Landscape 

Pleasant Run: 

Southeast Neighborhood Development Office 

Garfield Park Library 

Christian Park Community Center 

Pride Park Building 

Pogue’s Run: 

Centerpoint Brewing 

Circle City Industrial Complex 

Dorman Street Saloon 

Fletcher Park Office 

Spades Park Library 

8th Day Distillery 

White River: 

National Institute of Fitness & Sports 

White River State Park Visitors Center 

Haughville Library

ROW’s Healthy Connections Element Committee has organized this summer-long challenge, with partners from Jump In for Healthy KidsCentral Indiana Community FoundationCommunity Health Network FoundationNear Eastside Area Renewal, Crooked Creek Indy, Central Indiana Land TrustHealth by Design and Indy Parks.

More information about ROW and its mission and impact can be found at https://ourwaterways.org/.

Julie L Rhodes is collective impact director of Reconnecting to Our Waterways.

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