RIVERWALK: FROM DREAM TO REALITY
The RiverWalk trail has been a collective dream for more than 30 years stemming from the belief that beautiful and pedestrian-friendly spaces create healthier, happier, and more equitable communities.
Whenever the public has been given the opportunity to participate in planning processes, they have called for the creation of a missing link to connect multiple neighborhoods, signature parks, and cultural landmarks to each other and to Indianapolis as a whole.
To reflect the community’s aspirations, the Village’s plan of record adopted in 2012, Envision Broad Ripple, called for an “off-street bike and pedestrian trail” to connect Broad Ripple Park with Broad Ripple Village and the Monon Trail.
In 2017, a group of Broad Ripple business leaders convened the Broad Ripple RiverWalk Task Force to continue the community conversation and generate enthusiasm for the project. Working in partnership with the Broad Ripple Village Association, the team submitted a successful proposal to the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works for a Neighborhood Infrastructure Grant. This innovative funding mechanism provides half of the funding for the $1.1 million project.
Since BRVA was awarded the DPW grant in 2018, volunteer supporters have worked with community members, foundations, and businesses to generate the necessary matching funds that will fully fund the RiverWalk’s construction.
Thanks to the generosity of the community, we reached our funding goal for the initial construction of the RiverWalk, and construction begins in 2023!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Now that we have the initial construction funded, we will need an additional $200,000 for lighting, amenities, and a maintenance fund. All donations help us reach our goal, whether that’s $1,000 or $10.
All donors will be listed on our website. Donors at $1,000 and above will be recognized with their name along the RiverWalk. Donors at $5,000 and above will be recognized on a plaque or decorative stone along the trail, to be installed after the initial trail’s construction.
The Broad Ripple Village Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax deductible.
Checks can be mailed to:
Broad Ripple Village Association
818 Broad Ripple Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46220