The City of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development, (DMD) in coordination with Indy Parks and Recreation, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the express purpose of demolition of the existing family center and the development of a new family center to incorporate both park and healthcare activities within Broad Ripple Park as outlined in the Broad Ripple Park Master Plan
Parcel 1426 (outlined in blue) is the object of the RFP.
The existing bathhouse and outdoor pool will be maintained. They are not included in either the parcel or the scope of this project. The existing boat ramp, however, will be demolished and a new one constructed.
The project must include a “top tier healthcare partner” in order to meet the recommendations of the Broad Ripple Park Master Plan to incorporate both healthcare activities as well as park activities into the structure.
Of particular interest to the Broad Ripple RiverWalk Task Force is the RFP’s stipulation:
The engagement of the White River is a fundamental requirement of the new facility. The building placement will follow the Master Plan and allow adequate space for an outdoor plaza and a river walk experience to occur along the river’s edge. The new building is envisioned to use extensive glass along the river and park sides to enhance the users experience and the interaction of both indoor and outdoor spaces should revolve around engaging the river and park.
Engaging the White River is a key element of the Broad Ripple RiverWalk proposal. While Phase 1a of the RiverWalk is designed within the public right-of-way along Broad Ripple Avenue, RiverWalk Task Force members advocated for including a trail spur along the river’s edge as shown in yellow in this draft rendering prepared as a result of public outreach during the Broad Ripple Park master planning process.
Responses to the RFP are due Feb. 19. DMD will begin reviewing proposals Feb. 21 and is tentatively scheduled to make recommendations to the Metropolitan Development Commission at the March 20 meeting.