Indy Council OKs $25M in bonds for city parks projects

Grassy Creek Regional Park. (IBJ file photo/Eric Learned)

The City-County Council unanimously approved new bonds Monday evening that will provide $25 million for improvement projects at three Indianapolis public parks.

The projects are part of the Circle City Forward infrastructure initiative announced by Mayor Joe Hogsett in February.

Under the plan, Riverside Park, about five miles northwest of downtown, will get $11 million for a new promenade and “adventure park,” among other amenities.

Grassy Creek Park, on the far-east side, will get $7 million for a community building, sports facilities, trails and more. Indy Parks and Recreation added 40 acres to the park in August when it bought a former golf course just south of the park, narrowly avoiding the property’s conversion into a subdivision.

Krannert Park, near the Indianapolis International Airport, will also get $7 million for upgrades to its pool facilities, HVAC systems, windows, restrooms and more.

Sarah Riordan, executive director and general counsel at the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank, told councilors this month at a committee meeting that the plan is to “essentially upgrade, and, really, rebuild the entire pool.”

“The pool has basically been nonfunctional for quite some time,” she added.

Riordan said the Krannert Park projects were “shovel-ready,” pending council approval.

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4 thoughts on “Indy Council OKs $25M in bonds for city parks projects

    1. Sounds like a great idea! Compared to a golf course, disc golf parks provide a low maintenance way to keep plenty of green space in our city, making it easier for people to get connected to outdoor activities. People could even stroll through or jog along the course to enjoy some nature – no tee time required!

  1. Disc golf is not for everyone, but it could be an element of park improvements that include a variety of aspects particularly for adjacent residents. Items and activities for children and families are key.

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