Downtown Indy Public Spaces

Downtown boasts more than 350 acres of parks, waterways, trails and green spaces for all to enjoy. With more than a dozen public spaces Downtown, there is a personalized place for everyone, and most are available to rent for a special event. Take a stroll down the Canal Walk. Relax on the American Legion Mall. Attend a festival at White River State Park and so much more.

American Legion Mall

This serene and open lawn is an inviting space to enjoy a change of pace. The lawn is surrounded by large green trees and is perfect for all to come and unwind while still enjoying the city as your backdrop. 

Babe Denny Park

Located in the Old Southside neighborhood, Babe Denny Park is just blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium.

Bill Gray Plaza

Bill Gray Plaza is a small greenspace on Mass Ave right outside Bru Burger Bar and Starbucks Coffee.  In the plaza you’ll find the Brickface 3 sculpture by James Tyler, shade trees and a small grass lawn.

Chatham Arch Commons Park

This neighborhood park is funded by Chatham Arch neighbors.  The small pocket park includes benches, a pergola and public art and is a great location to take a break from your busy city life.

City Market Plazas

Bring your lunch or grab a bite from a City Market restaurant and enjoy the beautiful outdoor public plazas.  Located in the Market East Cultural District, the plazas are a great location for private or public events.  They can accommodate tents or booths and catering is available on site through City Market vendors.

Downtown Indy Canal Walk

This waterside promenade for walkers, runners and bikers expands from White River State Park all the way to 11th Street.  It is a gorgeous venue for outdoor entertainment, weddings, parties or a casual night on the water. Open all year long, the Canal is great for any occasion.  Several different locations are available for events of various sizes.

Edna Balz Lacey Park

A public neighborhood park with shelter, swing set, play areas, shuffleboard, sand volleyball and boccee ball court.

Georgia Street

A three-block street and walkway that connects the Indiana Convention Center, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Circle Centre, a collection of restaurants, residences, hotels and the historic St. John’s Catholic Church. This inviting space attracts many with its music and metal picnic tables that align the boardwalk. Georgia Street is host to regular summer events and home to many holiday celebrations.

Hudnut Commons

This Downtown greenspace was dedicated to four-term Indianapolis Mayor William H. Hudnut III. At the corner of Maryland Street and Capitol Avenue, a larger-than-life statue of Hudnut can be found with open space above.  The Commons has been a quiet public space for personal enjoyment and reflection.

Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument

This is the largest outdoor memorial and first monument in the United States to be dedicated to the common soldier. This grand monument attracts Hoosier natives and visitors all year round. The brick-paved streets on Monument Circle are surrounded by restaurants, local businesses and office spaces. It is a relaxing space and great for sitting on the Monument's steps or going inside the Monument to overlook the city from the observation deck. The Indiana War Memorials Commission manages the monument grounds. For more information on rental of the streets and sidewalks surrounding the monument see: Monument Circle

Indiana Statehouse Lawn

Enjoy this lush greenspace in front of the Indiana Statehouse. A diverse collection of monuments on the lawn provides a social and political history of Indiana.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

The Cultural Trail is a beautifully-landscaped, 8-mile pedestrian walkway and bike trail that connects six Cultural Districts: Mass Ave, Fountain Square, The Canal & White River State Park, Indiana Avenue, the Wholesale District and Market East. The Trail allows pedestrians, bicyclists, runners, families and those in wheelchairs to seamlessly enjoy the urban Downtown Indianapolis.

Martin Luther King Park

This 14 acre park is the site of the historic speech given by Robert F. Kennedy after the assassination of Dr. King. View the Landmark for Peace Memorial dedicated to both men by President Bill Clinton, Senator Ted Kennedy, Ethel Kennedy, Dexter Scott King, Martin Luther King III and the Indiana Pacers Foundation at ground breaking on May 14, 1994. Other park amenities include: Family Center, shelters, playground, swimming pool and basketball courts.

Military Park

Home to many of Indianapolis' community events and cultural festivals, this 14-acre greenspace is located along Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis campus and the Downtown Canal Walk.

Monument Circle

Central to all things in Downtown Indianapolis, Monument Circle is the symbol of our Hoosier nation. Events take place year-round including the largest holiday event: Circle of Lights presented by Quality Connection and IBEW #481.  The City manages the streets and sidewalks surrounding the monument. For more information on rental of the actual Monument grounds, see: Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Pan Am Plaza

Pan Am Plaza is ideally located between Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana Convention Center complex and Circle Centre Mall. The property is well situated to capitalize on the city’s sizable Downtown office and tourist populations.

Pathways to Peace Garden

A tranquil pocket park that inspires peace and well-being is open to all and perfect for a quiet get-away.  It is surrounded by park benches and has great access to the Canal. This lush garden is a perfect escape from the hustle of Downtown.

Presidential Place

At the corner of Washington and Alabama streets is a quaint gathering area with grassy areas to enjoy a nice break in your day.

Robert D. Orr Plaza

Orr Plaza is home to the weekly Statehouse Farmers' Market in season and is a frequent site for food trucks during the lunch hour.  The plaza is nestled between the Indiana Statehouse, the Indiana State Museum and sits right across West Street from the Eiteljorg Museum. Robert Orr Plaza is under construction and will look totally different once complete. It is slated to re-open late Fall of 2016.

University Park

University Park is a beautifully-landscaped area with grassy fields, benches and picnic tables to surround the five-leveled Depew Fountain. There you can find sculptures in honor of President Benjamin Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Schuyler Colfax (Indiana native and Vice President under Grant).

Veterans' Memorial Plaza

This is a beautiful, expansive plaza that was completed in 1930 in honor of all Indiana Veterans. Central to this location is The Obelisk, a 100-foot shaft built to represent the hopes and aspirations of the nation. A beautiful fountain, garden and war memorials cohesively represent the men who have fought for our nation and stand as a reminder to future generations of our nation’s history.

White River State Park

Enjoy this urban state park featuring 250 acres of greenspace attached to the Downtown Canal Walk.  The park's 15 outdoor and indoor spaces can accomodate anything from intimate cocktail parties to large public events and festivals.
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Indianapolis, IN 46204
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