Plans take shape for IMA park

August 1, 2007
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Contractors are laying the groundwork to start construction on the $50-million Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. IMA has chosen a construction manager, The Hagerman Group, and work is slated to begin in Spring 2008. Art & NatureThe land for the park, 100 acres along the White River including woods, wetlands and a 35-acre lake, was given to IMA in 1972. Acclaimed architect Marlon Blackwell, landscape architect Edward Blake and New York environmental artist Mary Miss have been working on the project. Miss designed the park's gateway, a 1,500-foot-long pedestrian bridge (shown here). For more on the plans, visit the park here. What do you think?
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  • Living so close to this area. I am very excited about this park. It will be AMAZING to have such a unique nature park in the middle of city with so much ecology and unique water features surrounding it. Good Luck and I can't wait to see it. I think it will draw nature enthusiasts.
  • The design of this project is phenomenal. My only complaint is that there aren't more projects like this is in the more visible areas of the city.

    Great job IMA!
  • Wow, for once, a project being done in this city by someone that is known outside of this state? I am shocked! Atleast we are getting some quality landscape architecture in this city as opposed to the piss poor structural architecture recently.
  • The unfortunate thing is that area was a nice nature area before they ripped it up to create a nature area. As a kid we used to hike around the lake and through the brush. There was an otter in the lake we used to love watch swim around. Not sure if he is still there, but it is ironic that a natural area is ripped up to create a nature area. Oh well, their land and they can do as they wish.
  • Anyone else see the news that Maya Lin will be creating a feature artwork for the portal to the Art & Nature Park?

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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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