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Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v13n12)
Round the Ripple - by Bill Malcolm
posted: Jun. 10, 2016

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BR State Rep to Lt. Gov race
Our state representative, Christina Hale, is resigning to run for Lieutenant Governor. The IBJ reports that Indiana Recycling Coalition Director Carey Hamilton is seeking to replace her on the Democratic ticket. Apparently the party gets to decide on Hale's replacement.
Connie Eckert is the Republican candidate. Broad Ripple is in House District 87. Best wishes to all three women.

Bus routes simplified, service to Butler added
IndyGo's new transit center opens June 26, 2016, and this means big changes to the two routes serving BR.
The new Julia Carson Transit Center is located on Washington Avenue just south of the City County Building. Here are the changes-
For Bus #17:
No longer serves Kessler Avenue between College Ave. and Keystone Ave.
Inbound route: Rural > Kessler > Keystone > Broad Ripple > College > Mass. > Alabama > Transit Center
Outbound route: Transit Center > Delaware > Vermont > Mass. > College > Broad Ripple > Rural
Half the #17 buses coming from downtown used to use Kessler to go to Glendale before going to Broad Ripple. It was confusing and made a slow trip slower. Also, the bus made a loop downtown before heading north. These changes will be an improvement.
For Bus #18:
Now goes to Butler University en route to BR from or to downtown
Discontinues select trips to 91st St./Meridian St.
All trips terminate at Keystone at the Crossing
No longer serves Central Ave.> 52nd St.> Pennsylvania St.> 38th St. inbound and outbound
No longer serves the Downtown Loop
Routes 18/26 Sunday North Loop: Will no longer serve Westfield/91st St.
Inbound: Keystone Crossing > 86th > College > Westfield > Illinois > 49th > Sunset > 46th > Illinois > 38th > Capitol > Maryland > Alabama > Transit Center
Outbound: Transit Center > Delaware > Ohio > Illinois >46th > Sunset > 49th > Illinois > Westfield > College > 86th > Keystone Crossing
This route has been totally re-done and now serves Butler University from Broad Ripple. Given the number of students coming to and from BR, this is a great addition.
IndyGo also has discontinued the downtown loop on this route which added 20 minutes to your trip. However, if you were going to the Capitol, it was handy.
Also, some of the trips went to 91st/Westfield while others went to the Mall. Having just one destination makes more sense.
See the details at

BR Pool open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m
The Broad Ripple Park pool is open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (noon to 5 on Sundays). They do close if there is thunder in the area but will re-open one half hour after the last thunder. The pool closes August 7, 2016, so don't delay.

Round the Ripple - by Bill Malcolm
image courtesy of Bill Malcolm

Kids Ride Free on Chicago Train
Kids ride free all summer on the Hoosier State Train to Chicago. Adults enjoy free adult beverages in the business class section of the domed car. The cooked to order meals are great as well. Details at or to get tickets go to

Dinner on The Hoosier State.
Dinner on The Hoosier State.
image courtesy of Bill Malcolm

Holliday Park heads to State Park
The new event guide is out at Holliday Park and contains lots of fun ideas:
On August 6, they will take a trip to McCormick Creek State Park.
Clustertruck Thursdays feature food trucks and summer concerts.
On September 17, 2016, the renovated Ruins exhibit will open with a public grand opening.
See the complete listing at

Thursday nights - Outdoor movies at Hotel Broad Ripple, concerts at Holliday Park
Friday nights - Outdoor movies at the IMA, Concerts at Broad Ripple Park
June 12, 2016 - IndyPride Parade and festival, downtown (details at, Parade on Mass. Avenue at 10 a.m., Festival 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., American Legion Mall (Sponsored by Delta Airlines)
June 16, 2016 - Matt Roush performs at Holliday Park, 7pm (food trucks available)
June 17, 2016 - At Broad Ripple Park: 6:30pm: Music Box (Lester Johnson) performs at this outdoor concert
June 30, 2016 - Indiana Chamber Orchestra performs at Holliday Park

Bill Malcolm also writes a travel column in The Midwest Eagle and is a reporter for All Aboard Indiana (as a volunteer for both). He advocates for fair and affordable utility rates for a national association based in Washington, D.C. He welcomes reader feedback and story ideas. Send to
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