Indianapolis, IN – Today, Indy Parks showcased upcoming improvements to Krannert Park through Mayor Joe Hogsett’s Circle City Forward initiative, which is investing $7 million into the project.
“This fifty-year-old park is a part of the fabric of the far-westside. But over the last several years, it has not been fully usable,” said Mayor Hogsett, noting the ongoing repairs and closures to the park’s two pools. “A big part of Krannert Park’s future will be the joining of the indoor and outdoor pools—creating a year-round opportunity to swim. But for anyone who’s looked at the renderings, they know there’s a lot more in store.”
In addition to the new pool, Krannert Park’s family center will soon feature a new outdoor splash pad, water play features, fitness room, indoor track, and heating and cooling improvements. The center will reopen in Fall 2023.
“Whenever Indy Parks gets the chance to invest in our park spaces, we make sure all the pieces are in place to do it right,” said Phyllis Boyd, Indy Parks director. “As a parks department, it continues to be a joy to reimagine parks in such a way that really reshapes park spaces to benefit, inspire, and encourage the people we serve.”
In total, $45 million in Circle City Forward funding is going to four park projects. Groundbreakings were recently held at Frederick Douglass Park and Riverside Regional Park with Grassy Creek Park continuing its community input meetings through early next year.
“I am grateful to city leadership and park staff for working so diligently with the community to make this big investment in Krannert Park,” said Councillor Jared Evans. “Looking around this park, especially with the construction fence installed, you know that something really great is happening. I hope that you also know that Krannert Park will be even better than before, which is a huge win for the westside and our neighbors.”
“As a lifetime Wayne Township resident, I grew up coming to Krannert, so it’s amazing to know the renovations have finally started,” said Cindy Miller, a park neighbor who has participated in classes and special events at the park. “Throughout the year, my children and I are very active in this park, and we are eagerly awaiting new programs and resources in the updated family center.”
Formerly known as the Krannert YMCA, Krannert Park became a part of Indy Parks in 1972. During construction, park visitors can enjoy Krannert’s 2.5-acre pond, walking trails, sports fields, and outdoor basketball court.
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Groundbreaking Photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAbtpY
Circle City Forward Details: https://www.indy.gov/activity/circle-city-forward-projects
Ronnetta Spalding | Indy Parks Chief Communications Officer
Paige Frazier | Indy Parks Public Information Officer