A U.S. House committee has advanced a plan to make Indiana's Dunes National Lakeshore the state’s first national park.
City officials are determined to acquire the land to bring public recreation to the area largely populated by private, upscale homes. They’re willing to use eminent domain if necessary.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett on Wednesday said his “dream” would be for the Crown Hill North Woods to become part of the city’s park system.
Officials have been discussing ways to use or improve the 37-mile Nickel Plate railroad corridor, following a fallout between the Hoosier Heritage Port Authority and the Indiana Transportation Museum, which operated the popular Indiana State Fair train.
Indianapolis’ parks have a range of activities to choose from year-round, many at low or no cost.
The Hogsett administration’s proposal is to take big-ticket items out of the city’s operating budget to help resolve a persistent budget deficit. Republicans worry about taking on the debt.
Westfield officials have finally chosen a design—a series of modern, glass-and-stone structures with walking paths and bridges—for Grand Junction Plaza, a project that’s already more than seven years in the planning.
The Noblesville Common Council postponed its vote on funding a downtown park planned for west of the White River, asking the city administration for more information about long-term costs—and future projects that also might require a municipal investment.
Indianapolis is reining in costs and dialing back ambition at the new east-side World Sports Park. The park, which will be home to one of the few premier cricket fields in the United States, is coming in about $1 million under its $6 million budget because it will have fewer features than planned.
Common Council members this month approved changes in the city’s land-use law that will allow residential developers within a half-mile of public parks to set aside less property as open space—for a price.
City leaders are working to acquire 6.4 acres of property along the White River for a park—complete with an open-air amphitheater—that would extend the city’s downtown area to the west.