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!
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.
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.
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.