River Talk – We Invite You to Envision

Thank you to everyone who participated in the “Discovery” phase of the White River Vision Plan. With nearly 200 people having attended our last round of public meetings, 2,000 people engaging with our website and asked for regular updates on the planning process, and we have talked to over 600 people in community conversations and at community events you could say we are off to a great start!

The White River Vision Plan consists of three phases: Discover(April 2018 to August 2018), Envision(September 2018 to December 2018) and Action(January 2019 to April 2019). During our “Discovery” phase, we researched the hydrology, ecology, history, connectivity, communities and cultures along the White River.

Now, we are moving ahead with the second phase, Envision.  This is where we really need your help! We want you to reflect on all of the feedback you provided us during the “Discover” phase. How can we shape your ideas and concerns into aspirations for the White River? What do you want to see happen with the river? Do you currently visit the river? If not, why? What can we do to make the White River a place you visit and try something new – just like you would if you were visiting another city? You can provide this information to us in a variety of ways!

Complete our online survey

Leave your comments on our Stay in the Know form!

Attend one of our public meetings.

  • October 23rd 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Founders Park / Wilfong Pavilion, 11675 Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel, IN 46033
  • October 24th 12:00pm – 1:30pm at Rhodius Park, 1720 W. Wilkins Street, Indianapolis, IN 46221
  • October 24th 6:00pm – 7:30pm at Edison School of the Arts, 777 S. White River Parkway West Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46221

We are listening! Here’s what some of you have said thus far:

In my travels to other communities, I’m always struck at the positive impact a well-planned and cared for waterway has on the culture of the city… I look forward to a day when we don’t worry about raw sewage in our water and people see the river as a place to play and commune with each other and nature.”

“Would like to see a path/trail along the river with good lighting and call-boxes for safety.”

“More bike, walk & canoe travel to downtown would help all festivals. Parking is hard, more opportunities would boost attendance and alleviate headaches.”

“My property is just within the flood plain and I pay flood insurance. I do not want to see potential risk of increased flooding as a result of any new development.”

“Sustainable identity requires economic activity. We can and should promote local entrepreneurial activity that gives communities identity & character as well as creates jobs.”

Now, let’s Envision!

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