Over the past year, Indy Parks has been developing the concept for an adventure park at the former Riverside Golf Course. The site’s varied natural conditions provide opportunities for a wide variety of activities across its 200 acres. The northern portion features wetlands and riparian landscapes, while the western side of the park is on high ground with great views and access to the neighborhoods to the west. The central and southeastern portions of the park are within the lower floodplain and closest to the White River and the section of Riverside Park south of 30th Street.
The Concept for Riverside Adventure Park is a deeper dive into what the Master Plan identified in 2017, and refined over the past year from feedback through community surveys, stakeholder and neighborhood input, and two engaged steering committees representing a wide variety of technical and community perspectives. As the Riverside Adventure Park concept developed, five zones emerged informed by the natural conditions and organized by the proposed improvements at each zone.
Indy Parks is currently in the process of bringing our community together to imagine how to transform the former Riverside Golf Course into a multi-use outdoor adventure park for everyone.
In 2017 Indy Parks completed a master plan for Riverside Regional Park, which will guide the development of the park over the next 20 years. While the plan will have a long lifespan, there will be projects identified that can allow improvements to begin as soon as possible. One of the projects identified in the Riverside Park Master Plan is an adventure play and nature experience for the 200 acres of land located north of 30th Street. This area includes the former Riverside Golf Course, Crooked Creek, and the old Lake Sullivan just south of I-65. It is bordered by the White River on the east and Cold Spring Road on the west. This project will be an opportunity to transform the land from its former single use to a wide variety of activities and uses.
Though the golf course was closed at the end of 2019, the site is open and we encourage you to visit the site to experience its natural beauty and provide feedback on the vision for the future!