Are there enough public parks, open green spaces, and greenways in Marion County to adequately serve the population? The answer is No.
In a report released July 2010, The Trust for Public Land compares Indianapolis with cities of similar demographics. Benchmark comparisons were made in the areas of:
- acreage and size
Only 4.8 percent of Indianapolis' total land is parkland, the average among selected cities with comparible population density is 8.3 percent.
Read the full report, www.tpl.org/cityparkfacts
Working to increase the amount of park land in Marion County
Since 2002 the Indianapolis Parks Foundation working with Indy Parks, Indianapolis companies and Indianapolis citizens has secured an additional 205 acres of park land in Marion County.
Southeastern Avenue Property - 9.2 acres
Hanover North Park (7846 Wolfgang Place) - 14.07 acres
Byrdia Turner Donation (2802 & 2861 Colorado Avenue) - 3.52 acres
Windsor Village Addition #2 (6506 East 25th Street) - 1.855 acres
Washington Park Addition (3305-3355 North LaSalle) - 1.6
Wright Fields Property (Carroll Road) - 39 acres
Blickman Educational Trail (6399 North Meridian Street) - 4 acres
Acton Campground (7400 Acton Road) - 22.6 acres
Emhardt Addition (2701 Bluff Road) - 7.2 acres
Stamm Park (1616 East 71st Street) - 1.02 acres
Southwestway Park Addition (7200 South Mann Road) - 101 acres
In September of 2004 the Indianapolis Parks Foundation received a gift of $1.1 million from the AES Corporation to purchase two properties for use as future parkland. The gift included the 22.6 acres of the former Acton Campground Property and approximately 39 acres of property in Warren Township known as the Wright property. AES Corporations generous gift added 62 acres of parkland to the Indy Parks inventory.
IPF continues to seek support for land acquisition. If you are interested in helping IPF increase the amount of greenspace in our county, contribute online. All gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.