Indy Parks programs update

Summer day camp & other amenities

  • The Broad Ripple Park playground will reopen Saturday, July 11, with City of Indianapolis outdoor social distancing rules required.
  • Nearby reopening spray parks include Arsenal Park, Dan Wakefield Park, Riverwood Park and Tarkington Park. The fountains at Holliday Park also will flow.
  • Register for summer day camp at Broad Ripple Park on the Indy Parks web site or call (317) 327-7161. Classes are nearly full.
  • The Indy Parks “Grab & Go” food program is operating Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, from noon to 12:30 p.m. near the Family Center. Get a full schedule of meal and mobile serving sites throughout the city at the Indy Parks web site.
  • The Broad Ripple Park dog park is open, as are trails & green spaces. Please practice social distancing.
  • The Family Center is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Most transactions can be handled by phone at (317) 327-7161.
  • The playground is closed until further notice.
  • Swimming pools are open at Frederick Douglass Park, Riverside Park, Perry Park, Bethel Park, and Willard Park at 50% of their regular capacity. Pools will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-noon, 1:30-3:30 p.m., and 5-7 p.m. The Broad Ripple Park swimming pool is closed for the summer.

Summer concerts in the large shelter

Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m. — Danni Al Mar, www.facebook.com/DanniAlMar
Friday, August 21 at 7 p.m. —  Charlie Ballantine, www.facebook.com/charlieballantineguitar

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Pollinator gardens, late June

The pollinator gardens along the sidewalks near the pool are looking great! A wide variety of native plants are healthy and growing, and the buzzing pollinators prove it. Not only that, but monarch butterfly caterpillars are munching away on the common milkweed as they prepare to go into their chrysalis stage to be followed by their butterfly stage. Nature at work. This is a project paid for and sustained by Friends of Broad Ripple Park volunteers led by Master Gardener Mary Durkin. Enjoy the photo album!

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Help bring pickleball to Broad Ripple Park

pickleball stripes on tennis court

Yellow pickleball striping on the courts at Dan Wakefield Park.

The Friends of Broad Ripple Park are fundraising donations for pickleball court striping on four of the park’s current tennis courts. The discounted cost for the four courts is $1,200.

This volunteer project is being undertaken knowing the courts likely will be reconditioned and restriped by Indy Parks & Recreation in two to four years, and until then will provide access for this fast growing, all-ages sport. Donations may be made by private citizens or corporations. This effort, if successful, can be a model for the other 88 neighborhood tennis courts within Indy Parks.

You can help! Make a contribution of $10 to $100, or more, and contact all the pickleball players you know. Ask them to contribute and to contact all the pickleball players they know.

Visit www.broadripplepark.org/donate to donate online through our secure portal. A field labeled My donation is for allows you to specify Pickleball. Or you can mail a check, with a notation for Pickleball, to Friends of Broad Ripple Park, 1550 Broad Ripple Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220. Donations to the Friends are tax deductible, subject to tax guidelines.

Please donate today and thank you in advance for supporting pickleball at Broad Ripple Park. See you on the courts!

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Garlic mustard pull, April 2020

For the sixth year in a row, Friends of Broad Ripple Park volunteers gathered to remove garlic mustard from the 10-Acre Woods in Broad Ripple Park. This year, people had a little more time on their hands than usual and pulling provided the opportunity to be outdoors in a pleasant setting while safely distanced.

On nine different days in April, a total of 23 volunteers spent 74 hours filling 100 large trash bags with garlic mustard. We worked in all parts of the woods, including the densely-invaded northern edge. We have made a difference over the years, but we cannot quit.

Check out the photo album!

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Scout project benefits Broad Ripple Park

A recent Eagle Scout project gave some much-needed love to the park — such as a beautiful new split rail fence beside the south parking lot near the playground, freshly-painted picnic tables in the large shelter, and bat boxes in the 10-Acre Woods. Many thanks to Eagle Scout P. J. and his family, fellow scouts, and friends.

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About the proposed Family Center

Broad Ripple Park has a rich history of hosting iconic public events for more than a century. Friends of Broad Ripple Park’s (FBRP) mission is to support, supplement and share Broad Ripple Park as an historic, natural and recreational resource on behalf of the community at large.

FBRP was actively involved in the process to shape the park’s future, and our group provided an official endorsement of the 2018 Broad Ripple Park Master Plan. FBRP believes this is the best path forward for making desperately needed improvements to allow people to safely enjoy all the park has to offer while maintaining public ownership of the space.

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