The Indy Parks and Recreation Board on Tuesday approved a 20-year master plan to bring $70 million in improvements to Broad Ripple Park.
Broad Ripple Park draws about 150,000 visitors each year and offers numerous amenities, including a dog park, fitness path, wooded preserve and swimming pool. But the 62-acre park is more than a century old, and planners say it needs updating to keep pace with Broad Ripple’s rapid development.
City park leaders told IBJ in March that they wanted to capitalize on amenities near the White River, which intersects the property, and link the grounds to residents in the nearby Broad Ripple Village.
The plan calls for construction of a 75,500-square foot community center, a river walk and event pavilions, among other attractions. It also incorporates the local arts community, adding permanent sculptures, temporary exhibits and cultural events.
Before the development moves forward, it will need approval from the Metropolitan Development Commission.
The parks department spent $286,446 to create the master plan and hosted several open houses in march, April and May to gauge the public’s vision for the park.
More on the master plan can be found here.