Work is underway on $8 million in improvements to 16 parks in Marion County. The Indianapolis Parks Foundation says the projects are supported by grants from several organizations. They include: Lilly Endowment Inc., Indianapolis Power & Light Co., Pacers Sports & Entertainment, United Water, 3Mgives and FinishLine.

May 27, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS – (May 27, 2014) The Indianapolis Parks Foundation gathered today with Mayor Ballard, community leaders and stakeholders at Haughville Park to announce the start of construction on more than 40 projects in 16 parks throughout Marion County.

Funding for several of the projects is provided, in part by, a $10 million grant for capital improvements, maintenance and park programming from Lilly Endowment Inc. that was awarded to the Indianapolis Parks Foundation at the end of 2012. The announcement came as City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works continued construction on a new parking lot at the near-westside park, which will soon receive upgraded playground equipment, a new shelter and interactive water spray ground.

“The Indianapolis Parks Foundation board and staff are proud to lead efforts to transform our parks, strengthen our community and enrich the lives of our youth, families and seniors,” said Indianapolis Parks Foundation Board Chair, Kevin Osburn. “We are grateful for all our generous supporters who are committed to improving our city through an investment in our parks, and especially for the substantial gift from the Endowment that allows us to continue leveraging additional support.”

The improvements to existing infrastructure and new amenities are an investment of more than $8 million using funds granted to the Parks Foundation from the Endowment, Indianapolis Power & Light Company, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, United Water, 3Mgives and FinishLine.

“People moving to America’s cities want things like great parks,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “These great investments in Indy Parks and the many other quality-of-life improvements we are making in our city each contribute to making our neighborhoods more attractive places for people to live.”

The $10 million grant from the Endowment was the largest single gift in the Indianapolis Parks Foundation’s 20-year history and is being administered over a three year period that began in 2013.

“Parks are important to the quality of life of our community,” said Ace Yakey, the Endowment’s vice president for community development. “The Endowment is pleased to join with other funders in helping the Indianapolis Parks Foundation and Indy Parks & Recreation make these significant park enhancements.”

The first phase of projects will include renovation of existing playgrounds, hard-surface courts, water spray grounds and walking trails, as well as adding much-needed amenities such as permanent restrooms and shelters in neighborhood parks ranging in size from 5 to 27 acres (see below). The second phase of projects is currently being developed for implementation in 2015 and will include similar park and recreation improvements.

2014 Spring + Fall Construction

Garfield Park

2345 Pagoda Drive

Renovate: Outdoor Basketball Court

Olin Park

702 N. Olin Avenue

Renovate: Outdoor Basketball Court

61st & Broadway Park

6051 N. Broadway Street

Install: Permanent Restroom

Bertha Ross Park

3700 Clifton Street

Install: Shelter + Water Spray Ground

Upgrade: Playground Equipment

Renovate and Relocate: Basketball Court

Haughville Park

605 N. Belleveiw

Install: Parking Lot + Shelter

Upgrade: Water Spray Ground + Playground Equipment

Dubarry Park

3698 Dubarry Road

Install: Shelter + Permanent Restroom + Playground

Convert: Tennis Courts to Basketball

Greene Park

1700 N. Franklin Road

Install: Water Spray Ground

Expand: Parking Lot

Upgrade: Playground Equipment

Wildwood Park

8100 Southeastern Avenue

Install: Playground + Water Spray Ground + Permanent Restroom + Parking Lot + Sidewalks

Gardner Park

6900 E. 46th Street

Renovate: Walking Trail + Basketball Courts

Upgrade: Playground Equipment

Stout Field Park

3820 W. Bradbury

Install: Water Spray Ground + Permanent Restroom + Shelter

Upgrade: Playground Equipment + Walking Trail

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park

1702 N. Broadway

Upgrade: Playground Equipment + Shelter

Bel Aire Park

2915 S. Tibbs

Install: Permanent Restroom + Soccer Field + Shelter

Upgrade: Playground Equipment

Frank & Judy O’Bannon Soccer Park

1001 E. 16th Street

Renovate: Irrigation + Fields (complete)

Install: Permanent Restroom

Eagle Creek Park

5901 Delong Road

Install: Geothermal Pond at Earth Discovery Center

Tarkington Park

45 W. 40th Street

Install: Shelters

Upgrade: Playground Equipment

Chuck Klein Softball Complex

4702 Rockville Road

Facility Renovation in partnership with the City of Indianapolis


Municipal Gardens Park

1601 N. Lafayette Road

Upgrade: Water Spray Ground

Thatcher Park

4649 W. Vermont

Build: Outdoor Basketball court


About the Indianapolis Parks Foundation

The Indianapolis Parks Foundation seeks financial support from community partners such as service organizations, corporations and individuals to purchase land, develop new parks, maintain existing parks, upgrade park facilities and provide support to programs benefitting children, families and seniors throughout Indianapolis. To learn more, visit or call (317) 860-3253.

About Indy Parks & Recreation

The mission of Indy Parks & Recreation is to create fun, safe, engaging and sustainable parks that enhance the quality of life for individuals, neighborhoods and communities. Indy Parks will be a national model of excellence and destination for facilities and programs, protecting parks, greenways and open spaces and championing environmental initiatives. For more information, visit or call (317) 327-PARK.

About the Lilly Endowment

Lilly Endowment is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly Family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. The Endowment, however, is a separate entity from the company with a distinct governing board, staff and location. It is devoted to the causes of religion, education and community development.

Source: Indianapolis Parks Foundation

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