Broad Ripple Park, Indianapolis

Friends of Broad Ripple Park, Indianapolis, Indiana

On the park calendar

Every Wednesday, May–September, 6 p.m.–dusk — Food trucks in the park

June 20 — Touch-A-Truck. To register, call (317) 327-7161.

April edition of park newsletter posted

Get the latest news! Park staff has published the April edition of the Broad Ripple Park newsletter (PDF, 537 KB).

Friends of Broad Ripple Park

The Friends of Broad Ripple Park is a not-for-profit organization with a passion and appreciation for the park and its many amenities. We are dedicating ourselves to working to provide support for the park, its programs, its facilities and its future.

Current board members are Rachel Russell (president), Mary Durkin (treasurer), Martha Marshall (secretary), Phil Trbovic (ex-officio) and Kathy Fitzgerald (ex-officio). David Dearing serves as legal counsel. The Friends usually meet the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the park Family Center and the public is welcome. (Please call the park office at 327-7161 to confirm date and time.)

Because the Friends are a 501(c)3 charitable organization, donations are tax deductible.

Broad Ripple Park

Broad Ripple Park is a 61-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.