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White River State Park
White River State Park
White River State Park Indianapolis Skyline 2020.jpg
Downtown Indianapolis skyline from White River State Park
Interactive map showing location of White River State Park
TypeUrban park, state park
LocationIndianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States
Coordinates39°46?00?N 86°10?11?W / 39.76667°N 86.16972°W / 39.76667; -86.16972Coordinates: 39°46?00?N 86°10?11?W / 39.76667°N 86.16972°W / 39.76667; -86.16972
Area267 acres (108 ha)[1]
Created1979; 42 years ago (1979)
Owned byState of Indiana
Operated byWhite River State Park Development Commission
Visitorsabout 3 to 3.5 million annually (2009)[2]
Open5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Public transit accessLocal Transit IndyGo 8
Websitewww.whiteriverstatepark.org

White River State Park is an urban park in Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. Situated along the eastern and western banks of its namesake White River, the park covers 267 acres (108 ha).[1] 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.[1] 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.[1] Construction began in the 1980s with the acquisition and clearing of blighted industrial properties and realignment of Washington Street for redevelopment.[3]

Notable attractions located in the park include the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo, Medal of Honor Memorial, NCAA Hall of Champions, Victory Field, and White River Gardens.

The park and accompanying Indianapolis Canal Walk comprise one of seven designated cultural districts.

History

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.

Attractions

1870 - Opened as the original water pumping station for the city of Indianapolis
1969 - Pumping station closed
1980 - Accepted for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places
1981 - Reopened as the park's headquarters and visitors' center after renovations
  • White River State Park Visitors' Center (Dr. Frank P. Lloyd Sr. Visitors Center)[5]
2003 - Opened
1988 - Park's first attraction established
1999 - Opened
  • Historic Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge
1916 - Opened as part of the National Road
1994 - Historic National Road U.S. 40 previously linking the U.S. from east to west start renovations
1999 - Art Sculptures in the Park began[6]
1999-2000 - Relocated to Indianapolis from Kansas City
1999-2000 - Relocated to Indianapolis from Kansas City
2002 - Opened
  • IMAX 3D Theatre[7]
1996 - Opened as Indiana's only IMAX theatre and still the largest IMAX theatre in Indiana
1999 - Opened
1822 - Site of Indianapolis's first documented 4th of July celebration
1852 - Site of first Indiana State Fair
1861 - Civil War encampment until 1865
1830 - Founded.
1999 - Current building near White River State Park opened in 1999
Not one of the park's attractions, but located next to it and open to the public
1989 - Opened as the park's second attraction
2005 - Opened expanded gallery space, education facility, performance/special event areas, and indoor/outdoor dining restaurant doubled the museum's size
1996 - Opened as home of the Indianapolis Indians
  • White River State Park Concert Series[9]
2004 - Opened inaugural summer concert season at a temporary concert venue, the 7,500-seat "Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn"[10]
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[11]
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[12][13]
  • 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

References

  1. ^ a b c d Bodenhamer, David; Barrows, Robert, eds. (1994). The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Bloomington & Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. pp. 1427-1428.
  2. ^ "White River State Park Development Commission Agency Overview" (pdf). White River State Park Development Commission. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Washington Rerouting To Begin". The Indianapolis News. April 27, 1984. p. 19. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "Pumphouse History". White River State Park. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Map of Park". White River State Park. Archived from the original on November 22, 2010. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Sculpture in the Park". White River State Park. Archived from the original on March 7, 2005. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "IMAX Theatre at Indiana State Museum - Indianapolis - Movie Tickets Showtimes". www.imax.com.
  8. ^ "The Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial". IPL. Archived from the original on March 14, 2006. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park". White River State Park. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ Erdody, Lindsay (September 27, 2018). "State plans $27M permanent concert venue at White River State Park". Indianapolis Business Journal. Archived from the original on December 24, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Lindquist, David (October 17, 2018). "How upgrades at The Lawn at White River State Park could help attract more concerts". The Indianapolis Star. Gannett Co., Inc. Archived from the original on December 24, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ Lindquist, David (December 3, 2019). "First concert announced for new-look Amphitheater at White River State Park". The Indianapolis Star. Gannett Co., Inc. Archived from the original on December 24, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ Lindquist, David (October 16, 2019). "White River State Park: Here's what the permanent concert stage, fixed seating looks like". The Indianapolis Star. Gannett Co., Inc. Archived from the original on December 24, 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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