White River revitalization group plans series of public meetings

A plan to revitalize 58 miles of the White River from Indianapolis to Hamilton County has entered its second phase.

Three public meetings are scheduled next week to give residents a chance to offer ideas to county and city officials for what they’d like to see along the White River.

Earlier this year, Visit Indy, the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development and Visit Hamilton County kicked off an effort to create a master plan to enhance activity along the river. The White River Vision Plan calls for learning more about the river’s condition, what it offers to the communities it runs through and what residents would like it to offer in the future.

Planners envision more restaurants, retail and recreational opportunities for the river’s 58-mile stretch through Marion and Hamilton counties. And officials hope to couple such amenities with efforts to protect and preserve the waterway.  

The long-term goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive and coordinated regional effort to enhance the White River. Leaders of the effort plan to meet with the public throughout the process.

The second phase, called the envision phase, involves discussions and forming ideas around the community-led vision for the plan. Participants will help leaders prioritize potential focus areas for further study, including destinations, recreational opportunities and accessibility opportunities.

Programming, market research and unique riverfront events will all be considered.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, leaders will meet with the public at Founders Park in Carmel, 11675 Hazel Dell Parkway.

On Wednesday, two meetings will be held in Indianapolis. The first is from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Rhodius Park, 1720 W. Wilkins St. The second is planned for 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Edison School of the Arts, 777 S. White River Parkway.

Those who can’t attend the meetings can provide feedback through an online survey posted at mywhiteriver.com.

“The second phase of the White River Vision Plan is very exciting because it gives the community a moment to think really big,” Emily Mack, director of the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development, said in written comments.

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