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White River State Park is an urban park in DowntownIndianapolis, Indiana. Situated along the eastern and western banks of its namesake White River, the park covers 267 acres (108 ha). Initial plans for the park were conceived by civic leaders in the late-1970s to capitalize on the city's amateur sports economic development strategy. Bipartisan support from state legislators and seed money from corporate partners led to the organization of a quasi-governmental commission to oversee planning and operations for the park. Construction began in the 1980s with the acquisition and clearing of blighted industrial properties and realignment of Washington Street for redevelopment.
White River State Park is an urban park in Indianapolis and is not part of the 32 properties managed by the Division of State Parks, a land management team within the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Restoration on this area began in the late 1980s, when public attention fell on the Indiana Central Canal. The canal was originally engineered in the 1830s as a way to ship goods through the state of Indiana, but the project, as governed by the Indiana Mammoth Internal Improvement Act, went bankrupt and the Indianapolis section of the canal was the only section that was ever dug. Although the canal was never used for its intended purpose, recent restoration and development has allowed the area to function as a cultural center within the city. One of the proposed focal points of the park, Indiana Tower, was never constructed.
2004 - Opened inaugural summer concert season at a temporary concert venue, the 7,500-seat "Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn"
2007 - Doubled concert attendance with 50,000+ spectators, included 11 shows
2018 - Plans to replace temporary structure announced by White River State Park Development Commission
2019 - Construction begun on $27 million "The Amphitheater at White River State Park", with 3,000 permanent seats and a general admission lawn area for 4,500, to be completed in June 2020
Indiana Cross Country Arena
2007 - White River State Park partners with the Indiana Invaders, Indy Greenways, Indianapolis Parks, the National Institute for Fitness & Sport (NIFS), local and international businesses, and community partners to revitalize the flood plain green space along the White River for education, health, and recreation opportunities.
2008 - Opened unofficially in August with nine meets and invitationals
2008 - Middle school (National Middle School Championships), high school (City of Indianapolis Championships), and youth (Indiana USA Track and Field Junior Olympics) teams compete
2010 - Anticipated official inaugural season in late summer
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