Broad Ripple park is one of the nicest parks in Indianapolis. The Parks & Recreation program offers a variety of activities that is unsurpassed by most area parks. Located just off 62nd Street to the east of Broad Ripple Village the park is popular with neighborhood residents, dog walkers, and nature lovers alike. A gated dog park at the front entrance is membership-based and offers a safe place for pups to run. The community center hosts fitness classes, family workshops, and summer camps. The park is bordered on the west by the White River and has a public access boat ramp as well as lovely views of the water.
When the weather is nice my kids like to follow the path to the observation deck that looks over the water and watch for boats. If you are brave enough to venture down the bank to the water’s edge there is lots of muddy fun to be had, although this is not an area for creek stomping. The park is rich in green space and the decently sized playground offers lots of shade. There is a picnic area with many tables, a shelter that can be reserved, and a real bathroom. It’s not luxurious, but it’s better than a Porta-Potty! The park also offers walking trails and sports fields, and the large public pool has a minimal entrance fee and is open during summer break.
The people watching at Broad Ripple Park is some of the best. If you’re lucky you will arrive during an Acro-Yoga session where some participants perform circus-like acrobatic stunts and others balance on a slackline. Dog-lovers will enjoy the variety of canines parading by, and birds and squirrels abound. All in all this park has pretty much everything you could be hoping for in a visit to the park. Check out their website for a full list of schedules and offerings: http://www.broadripplepark.org/.
1550 Broad Ripple Ave