Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v16n12)
White River Vision Plan released
by Alan Hague
posted: Jun. 14, 2019
On June 3rd, 2019, there was a gathering at the Indianapolis Art Center for the release of the White River Vision Plan. This is a plan for 58 miles of the White river as it travels through Hamilton and Marion counties.
"The plan describes a shared vision for the two-county river area and dives deep into nine principles that will guide decisions about environmental and ecological health, equity, public safety, and activation. From north to south, every area of the river corridor is considered and organized into "river reach" zones where new ideas respond to each community's distinct character. The plan details in-depth explorations of seven "anchor areas," such as commercial corridors, historic districts, cultural destinations and catalytic program opportunities along the 58-mile stretch of the White River. Each anchor has site-specific recommendations that all add to the varied nature of the White River experience."
Recommendations for each of the seven anchor areas are in the plan. Below is the one for Broad Ripple:
"Broad Ripple: The vision for this beloved canal district reconnects the area to its riverfront by relocating parking and connecting across the levee at 64th St. to Holliday Park via the planned Broad Ripple Riverwalk and trail. It protects the historic character of residential neighborhoods and Broad Ripple's commercial district, helps with early implementation of the planned boat launch, riverbank restoration, river walk, and terrace river edge projects. It also recommends that artists and the Indianapolis Art Center create temporary or permanent art installations."
The public can review and comment on the complete 222-page Plan for a limited time at indy.civicomment.org.
For more information on the White River Vision Plan or to comment on the plan, visit mywhiteriver.com. You can also follow the My White River accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
White River Vision Plan rendering
image courtesy of mywhiteriver.com