Riverside Park

One of Indy’s oldest parks with wide variety of activities

Located just five miles from downtown Indianapolis, Riverside Regional Park offers 861 acres (that’s larger than New York’s Central Park!) filled with amenities including a boat launch, river views, playgrounds, basketball, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, horseshoe pit, shelters for gatherings, golf, and more. With the river flowing through its heart, Riverside Park is surrounded by rich history with the historic Riverside neighborhood to the east and the campus of Marian University to its northwest.

Park Location

2420 East Riverside Drive, Indianapolis, IN

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Full Park Details

All IndyParks properties are open sunrise to sunset every day. Hours of individual facilities or ticketed venues or activities may vary.

Family Center Hours:

Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 8 pm
Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, closed

Park Activities

Athletic Fields & Courts

Fields and courts for sports.

Boat Launch

Paved boat ramps for boats on trailers.

Canoeing

Canoeing/Kayaking

Formal or safe informal places to paddle from.

Family or Recreation Center

An indoor facility for recreation and community programming.

Family Friendly

Family Friendly

Fishing

Fishing

Safe opportunities to fish from shore.

Golf

Public or publicly-accessible golf course with riverfront views.

Nature Trails

Nature Trails

Trails designed for walking in natural spaces.

Picnic Areas

Designated picnic tables or shelters.

Swimming Pool

Indoor or outdoor public swimming pool.

Progress Updates

  • 2023

    In 2023, the Lilly Endowment awarded $80m for improvements across the Indy Parks system, including several major grants for White River-adjacent parks. Holliday Park is receiving $4.5m for playground and signage improvements, walkway upgrades, and gazebo maintenance. Major Taylor Skate Park, part of Riverside Regional Park, is receiving funds to expand and add lighting. Riverside Park itself is receiving $11.55 in new funding (on top of $6.5m previously committed by the City) to build a new playground at the Taggart Memorial, upgrades to the soap box derby track, and new sidewalks and nature trails in the new adventure park portion of the park. Southwestway Park received $1.25m for a new comfort station, expanded parking area, and playground.

  • 2023

    The historic 30th Street bridge in Riverside Park is currently being rehabilitated and restored, including wide promenades leading down to the water’s edge.

  • 2022

    A new rock ramp dam structure in Riverside Park now replaces the Emrichsville Dam which collapsed in 2018. The rock ramp dam offers a safer and more ecologically friendly alternative to low-head dams.

  • 2021

    In 2021, the Taggart Memorial Amphitheatre in Riverside Park opened. The restored historic Taggart Memorial serves as the backdrop for community programming from Indy Parks and is home to IndyShakes, an outdoor Shakespeare company.

  • 2021

    In 2021, the Riverside Adventure Park plan was completed, repurposing the former Riverside Golf Course that had been taken offline a year earlier as part of implementation of the broader Riverside Park Master Plan, completed in 2018. Funding for initial projects in both parks has been committed by the Circle City Forward program.

Get In Touch

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