IBJNews

Indianapolis Parks Foundation leader plans retirement

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

The Indianapolis Parks Foundation will start looking this week for a replacement for President Cindy Porteous, who plans to retire.

Porteous, 62, plans to step down at the end of June. She joined the not-for-profit foundation in 2000 and has secured more than $30 million in private funds for a number of projects in Indianapolis parks during that time.

The foundation has helped build a new family center at Windsor Village Park, an aquatic center at Bethel Park, added 200 acres of green space, built six new water-spray grounds and renovated 60 tennis courts.

Porteous said she chose to retire this year because the foundation is reaching several milestones, including its 20th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the Mayor’s Lunch for Parks, scheduled for March 7. This is also the final year of a three-year, $7.3 million Lilly Endowment grant that helped build the aquatic center, renovated tennis courts and built restrooms in several parks.

“The impact Cindy has made on this organization during her tenure is significant,” Indianapolis Parks Foundation board Chairman Kelly Pfledderer said in a prepared statement. “Her leadership and direction have positioned the parks foundation as one of the leading not-for-profits in central Indiana.”

The board said it has been preparing for the executive search since November.

Porteous is a Howe High School graduate who grew up on the east side of Indianapolis and considers Christian Park her “grassroots anchor.” She said she’s been driven to find the “less celebrated areas” of Indianapolis, connect them with resources and enhance the recreational, educational and cultural life of the community.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. "bike lanes, specialized lighting, decorative signage, public art, grass medians, trees and rain gardens" These are all nice things to have, but can we freaking get the hundreds of potholes all over the city fixed first?!?!?!!?!?!

  2. When a criminal with multiple prior convictions serves five days of a one year sentence and later kills a police officer with a weapon illegally in his posession, residents of Boone County need to pay a tax to drive to work... PERFECT Progressive logic.. If, on the other hand, a fund were to be set up to build more prisons and hire more guards to keep the known criminals off the streets, I'd be the first to contribute.

  3. Not a word about how much the taxpayers will be ripped off on this deal. Crime spirals out of control and the the social problems that cause it go unheeded by an administration that does not give a rats behind about the welfare of our citizens. There is no money for police or plowing snow (remember last winter) or or or or, but spend on a sports complex, and the cash flows out of the taxpayers pockets. This city is SICK

  4. Sounds like a competitor just wanted to cause a problem. I would think as long as they are not "selling" the alcohol to the residents it is no different than if I serve wine to dinner guests. With all the violent crime happening I would think they should turn their attention to real criminals. Let these older residents enjoy what pleasures they can. Then again those boozed up residents may pose a danger to society.

  5. Where did the money go from the 2007 Income tax increase for public safety that the Mayor used to stir opposition and win the election and then failed to repeal (although he promised he would when he was running for election)? Where did the money go from the water utility sale? Where did the money go from the parking meter deal? Why does the money have all these funds for TIF deals and redevelopment of Mass avenue, and subsidy for luxury high rises, parking garages in Broad Ripple, and granola chain grocery stores but can not find the money to take care of public safety. Commuters shouldn't have to pay the tax of failed leadership in Marion County by leaders that commuters have no say in electing. Taxation without representation.

ADVERTISEMENT