On the calendar

During the next month, we have one opportunity to volunteer for your park and two opportunities to enjoy it. Here they are:

Saturday, July 21, 8 a.m. Help us provide some TLC for the gardens next to the swimming pool. We will be spreading mulch that morning and could use your help! Please bring gloves, wheelbarrows, shovels, and rakes, if you have them, but come even if you do not. A couple of hours of fun work will allow us to make the park look good! An RSVP to friends@broadripplepark.org is helpful, but not required.

Sunday, July 29, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Come for fun and to learn about White River. We are teaming up with Friends of the White River to offer Family Floats, an opportunity for a short raft trip on the river, ice cream treats while supplies last, and maybe learn something about the life that lives in our favorite waterway! Come to the boat ramp. All ages welcome, but must be 4+ for raft experience.

Broad Ripple Carnival, August 9 to 12 Come enjoy a carnival in Broad Ripple Park that recreates part of its history! There will be carnival rides and games, food and drink, a craft beer garden, live entertainment, community booths & a history exhibit. Visit broadripplecarnival.org for details!

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Broad Ripple Park Master Plan

The Broad Ripple Park Master Plan began earlier this year and continues now through its final approval stages.To gauge the community’s vision for the park, the planning process includes a citizens steering committee, an online survey, stakeholder interviews, four public meetings, and five pop-up events at the Broad Ripple Farmers Market, the Glendale Public Library, and the dog park. Visit the project web site.

You can download the proposed concept.

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Contact information for the park:

Park pool hours & fees:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday — noon to 5 p.m.
Monday — closed
Age 2 & under, free; 3–17, $2; senior 62+, $2; adult, $3

Classes & programs:
Swimming lessons, day camps, Touch A Truck, Pack the Parks — it’s all here! Summer 2018 Fun Guide (PDF, 4.2 MB)

Summer concerts & performances:
Friday, June 15, 7 p.m. — MacBeth, followed by an informal chat with the actors
Friday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. — Cathy Morris
Friday, August 10, 6:30 pm — Tad Robinson Band

Dog park passes, shelter rentals, & all other park-related questions:
Visit the Broad Ripple park office or call (317) 327-7161.
Kathy Fitzgerald, Park Manager, Kathy.Fitzgerald@indy.gov
Deb Howard, Assistant Park Manager, Deborah.Howard@indy.gov

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Broad Ripple Park

Broad Ripple Park is a 62-acre park on the northeast side of Indianapolis, bordering the White River. It offers a wide variety of programs and activities for all ages, and welcomes an estimated 150,000 visitors annually. The Family Center schedules scores of classes throughout the year in dance, safety, sports, fitness, arts, crafts, health, self-defense and other subjects for all age groups. Programs are generally fee-based, and registration is usually required.

In addition to the Family Center, Broad Ripple Park facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, baseball diamond, multi-use athletic fields, playground, picnic shelters and areas, a viewing platform over the White River, a bark park, a wooded preserve, a walking/jogging/running/bicycling and fitness path, and a boat ramp to the White River.

The park has a rich history in the community as the home of a 1920s amusement park, carousel (now at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum), a steam locomotive (now at the Transportation Museum in Noblesville), and as the location of the Olympic tryouts for swimming in 1924 and 1952.

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