Organizers of the White River Vision Plan says the effort will enter its third phase, known as the "Action Phase," next month. The plan is a collaboration among the city of Indianapolis, Visit Indy and Hamilton County Tourism Inc. to determine how best to enhance the 58 miles of the White River in Indianapolis and Hamilton County.
The planning process for the effort began in April. According to the project’s website, the Action Phase aims to "identify any policy or legal barriers that could prevent implementation of the plan, and secure public and/or private investors to fully fund development preceding the planning process."
"Studies show that open spaces and parks strengthen human relationships and make neighborhoods stronger, safer and more successful," said Emily Mack, director of the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development. "By restoring, enhancing and activating the White River, Central Indiana sets itself apart as a community that can work together to realize big dreams. This plan will steward residents and visitors toward a resilient, connected future that will contribute to the health of Central Indiana neighborhoods and its economy, which will improve the lives of Hoosiers for generations to come."
Additionally, organizers will hold a series of public meetings where residents and community leaders can learn about the suggested recommendations and timelines for new and existing destinations and areas of focus along the river. They can also learn about ideas to improve river health and connectivity.
The meetings will take place:
- January 29: Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- January 30: MIBOR, 1912 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
- January 30: Sun King Brewery, 135 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- January 31: Riverside High School, 3010 N. White River Parkway, Indianapolis, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
"Since this process began in April 2018, we have worked carefully to hear the opinions and needs of communities all over Central Indiana," said Brenda Myers, chief executive officer of Hamilton County Tourism Inc. "This is the first time community members can see that feedback and get a clear picture of next steps and action items for the White River."