Spring wildflowers will bloom again

flowers in woodsMake sure you visit the 10-Acre Woods in Broad Ripple Park this spring! It is a quiet rejuvenating place for a walk (dog optional) or a jog along the trails. Each spring, the woods comes alive with blooming spring ephemeral wildflowers and the Friends of Broad Ripple Park conduct annual garlic mustard pulls to control that invasive plant. The Forestry Division of the Indianapolis Department of Public Works also works to manage invasive honeysuckle and winter creeper, and the result is a high-quality woodlot. Truly a treat to enjoy, as is this photo gallery:

Spring ephemerals 2021

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Split rail fence project

Our new fence looks great, thanks to Troop 133!

An Eagle Scout candidate from local BSA Troop 133 lead a much-needed project in Broad Ripple Park this past October. He and other volunteers removed the old split rail fence at the Evanston Street park entrance and near the tennis courts, and replaced it with all new fencing.

Not only did the Eagle Scout plan the project and secure the materials under the guidance of an adult mentor, he also encouraged the necessary fundraising. The Friends of Broad Ripple Park both donated and served as the fiscal agent for fundraising

We sooo appreciate the Eagle Scout and all his volunteers!

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popsicles & tree climbing

Today, the Friends of Broad Ripple Park helped support the Indiana Tree Climbing Competition! This event in the park brought professional climbers and arborists together to compete in various events, and they also offered a Kids Climb for youngsters. Kids could choose to be hoisted into a tree, walk an obstacle course, or ride a zip line, or all of the above.

Kids ate it up and they happily ate up the ice cold pink lemonade popsicles supplied by the Friends of Broad Ripple Park and Nicey Treats in Broad Ripple Village. Cold, yummy, and so welcome, and all the competition climbers and volunteers got popsicles, too! Win, win, win! Enjoy the photo gallery.

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Broad Ripple RiverWalk update

You can help make the Broad Ripple RiverWalk happen! Years in the planning, the RiverWalk will connect our favorite park with the Monon Trail and Broad Ripple Village with a wide, multi-use path separated from automobile traffic. This project will happen during 2022.

Thanks to many private donations, the Broad Ripple Village Association has raised $485,000 dollars and needs just $65,000 more to build a trail. Donate any amount today to help push this much-needed amenity to reality. Read more!


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Pollinator gardens 2021

Thanks to the work of Master Gardener Mary Durkin and her volunteers, our pollinator gardens are enjoying another healthy year of supporting nature at work! Buzzing pollinators move from flower to flower and butterfly caterpillars are munching away. This is a project paid for and sustained by Friends of Broad Ripple Park. Enjoy the photo album!

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