White River Oxbow Pocket Park

While the Broad Ripple RiverWalk Task Force focuses on creating an inspiring pedestrian and bicycle promenade adjacent to Broad Ripple Avenue between the Monon Trail and Broad Ripple Park, the group is also interested in exploring other opportunities to foster engagement with White River.

One promising location is the former Weaver’s Garden Center property that features a singular view of the White River Oxbow. Bryan Chandler, an original Task Force member, acquired the property from the Weaver family in 2014. After the Weavers retired in 2018, Chandler expressed a willingness to entertain ideas for this unique triangular shaped parcel to see if it could be developed as a RiverWalk enhancement.

Task Force members Meg Storrow and John Kinsella accepted the challenge and crafted a conceptual design for a character-establishing hub with a White River Oxbow overlook. Features include a butterfly garden with native plant and wildflowers, educational elements, places to sit, and walking paths that could connect to Broad Ripple Park along the river bank.

This parcel is not located within the public right-of-way so donations for the purpose of establishing a pocket park cannot be applied to the DPW matching grant. The Task Force is sharing the conceptual designs widely in hopes of generating donor interest.

 

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