White River Vision Plan Launch Week

Communities along the White River are experiencing a renaissance. Development in downtown is accelerating, arts and cultural institutions are expanding their visions, and investments in parks and open spaces have contributed to a flourishing public realm and quality of life. The White River is the next frontier. Long invisible, the river is awakening from a long period of underutilization and ecological degradation.

In partnership with the City of Indianapolis and Hamilton County Tourism, we invite you to take part in the White River Vision Plan's launch week June 3-7, with a different way to engage with the river each day.

Monday, June 3: Plan Release 

Arts CenterOn June 3 at 9 am, join community leaders, as they roll out the White River Vision Plan. 

Tuesday, June 4: Connect

Indianapolis White RiverConnect with neighbors and volunteer at community clean ups organized along the White River in both Hamilton and Marion Counties. There are two separate cleanups for you to join at 10 am Tuesday morning, at either Lake Indy Boat Ramp or at River Road Park. Each cleanup is a direct reflection of the City's efforts to enhance our precious waterways. What better way to celebrate than to give the White River some extra love? Plus, the campaign is partnering with Indiana Humanities for a drop-in art activity Tuesday night. This special event is held at Oliver Woods Nature Preserve, a hidden gem along the White River by the Keystone area. 



Wednesday, June 5: Dine 

Burgerhaus - IndianapolisOne day only, select restaurants on and near the White River are offering exclusive discounts to celebrate the plans launch. Ask about the White River at these locations to receive a deal after 4 pm:

Or, plan your own special evening and pack a picnic to eat alongside the river. Potter's Bridge Park in Noblesville, White River State Park in Indy, and many other picnic friendly locations are great spots to celebrate the plans for the White River. 


Thursday, June 6: Watch 

Over the last year, Indiana Humanities has focused its award-winning Next Indiana Campfires program on the White River watershed and the larger question of how Hoosiers relate to water and to each other across watersheds. To explore these connections further, Indiana Humanities funded the creation of three short films about the White River that will be available for viewing. 

Screen the films at Nickel Plate District, Pavilion Conference Room, in Fishers from 11:30 am-1 pm with complimentary snacks and drinks. RSVP here

Also happening Thursday night - Holliday Park Summer Concert Series, partnered with Indy Parks. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will be serendading the river's future with this special concert, beginning at 7:30 pm. 

Friday, June 7: Get Active

White River - IndianapolisWe love to actively use our waterways, which is what this campaign is all about! Now it's time to put words into action this Friday. In the morning, join your coworkers for Canoe to Work Day, made possible by Christopher Burke Engineering. Later in the day, head to Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville for a free yoga class to continue the celebration. The activity doesn't end there! From 7 pm to 9 pm, hop on a quick 20 minute riverside urban hike beginning north of New York Street on the West Side of Indy. Then, enjoy a free riverside concert with Palace on the Indy Convergence A Rising Tide riverside stage at the New York Street Bridge and White River Parkway West Drive. The concert is open to the public - feel free to bring chairs and blankets! 

Finally, join Mayor Joe Hogsett for the New York Street Bridge Lighting at 9 pm. 


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