Geist Waterfront Park | A Gorgeous Beach with an Imaginative Playground in Fishers

Written by Audrey Walters

Geist Waterfront Park opened in the spring of 2023 and it’s a gorgeous addition to the Fishers community. This 70-acre waterfront property is located east of Olio Road, on the south side of the Geist bridge. Fisher’s Parks and Recreation manages the park, which provides the only public access to the reservoir. Acquired by Fishers in 2018, Geist Waterfront Park is being built in phases, with an anticipated full completion date of 2040.

The playground at Geist Waterfront Park features a sailing ship playset, a swing set, a rope climbing gym, and more.

Entrance Design Features Park’s History

Similar to a state park, the new Geist waterfront park is gated with a secure entrance that requires a pass or payment to enter for vehicles and pedestrians. There is a kiosk system at the gate where residents are able to show a barcode to enter and nonresidents can purchase tickets. The entrance is gorgeous and is made from materials found right there at the park which was previously a rock quarry owned by Irving Materials Inc.

The two walls at the entrance are constructed of limestone and cobblestone. Boulders and rocks from the site were used to build both walls. Associate Project Manager Tom Green said of the structures, “We sourced those all from the site and then found the right shapes and sizes to fit like a puzzle to construct those walls. That saved us a significant portion of money because rocks are not very cheap and it’s a really cool sustainability story about the site.”

Spend Summer Days at the Beach

The park offers plenty of parking – 370 spots to be exact – and even has spots for buses and food vendors. At the entrance, there is a community building with bathrooms. One of the restrooms is equipped with a full (adult) size changing table, a first-of-its-kind at any park. Beyond the community building is a long, paved promenade, with the beach to the left and the playground to the right.

In the first phase of construction, the 100-yard beach was completed.

Geist Waterfront Park features 100 yards of sandy beach for guests to enjoy.

The sand isn’t Florida quality, but it is finer and softer than the sand found at Saxony Beach in Fishers and is 2 feet deep. For those who have been to Saxony Beach, Geist Waterfront Park’s beach area is around three times larger than what is found there. Shelling would be easy here as we were able to find some really amazing shells while casually walking the beach.

There is a unique beachside playscape, where hours of fun in the sand can take place. Built into the sand is a small pirate ship, 2 sets of tables and chairs, a covered structure for pretend play (sand ice cream shop, anyone?), a digger, and 2 water tables. An outdoor shower feature is close by so you can rinse off post-playtime. The beach has a lifeguard stand and the swimming and boating areas are separated by buoys.

A wooden boat and mini picnic table provide an invitation to play for children on the beach at Geist Waterfront Park in Fishers.

Gather for picnics or family gatherings in one of the four cabanas. The biggest cabana houses three tables and is directly on the promenade, close to the beach. Three others are further back, each with a picnic table, grill, and trash can. The tables all feature one end that is wheelchair-accessible.

Sail Imaginary Seas on the Pirate Ship Playground

To the north of the walkway is a large area for kids to play. The ground covering is an artificial grass — a big plus. This play area is suitable for all ages and features equipment made of materials that resemble wood; no bright plastic to detract from the natural beauty of the park, nor dark plastic that traps heat. There is a small play structure with a slide for toddlers and 3 natural-looking ride-on animals. In the middle of the play area is a tall rope climbing structure, perfect for elementary or older children.

To the east of the rope climber is a big pirate ship that serves as the main play structure, along with 2 sets of swings. The pirate ship is impressive, with a variety of climbing areas and 2 slides. The stern features a cut-out that is perfect for pretend play and includes a hammock. There are a variety of swings — several selfie swings, in which an adult and child interact face to face (aka Mommy and me swings), a selfie swing for 2 children facing each other, regular swings, and a circular rope swing.

A child goes down a slide descending from a pirate ship-inspired playset at Geist Waterfront Park in Fishers.

Kayaks, Canoes, and Paddleboards

At the end of the promenade is a dock. Visitors are able to enjoy non-motorized water activities like canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Storage for paddle craft is available. Stand-up paddle boards and kayaks are available for rent through Wheel Fun Rentals. While kayakers may access the park by water, there are no access points for motorized boats in order to preserve the tranquility of the park and surrounding wetlands.

Future Plans for Geist Waterfront Park

The park’s first phase of construction, the “Landing”, is the now-completed beach area. Dates for the subsequent two phases have not been released at this time. “Creekside” will include boardwalks over wetlands and a nature trail. The “Uplands” will see restored woodlands with picnic shelters and dirt nature trails. The expected completion date is 2040.

A young girl peeks through beams on the playground at Geist Waterfront Park in Fishers.

Anticipated amenities for the final project include a boardwalk, a cafe with outdoor seating, and a fishing pier. A broad grassy space can host large gatherings. There has been talk of having this lawn be a starting and stopping point for the Geist Half Marathon. A graveled mile-long trail will be wheelchair and stroller-friendly.

In the plans, we found that there are to be a total of three playgrounds. Each section will have a playground for children tailored to the theme of that area. One will be nature-themed, one will be beach-themed, and one will have Ninja Warrior-style challenge courses. Geist Waterfront Park will not be a sports facility as current and future resources do not include baseball diamonds, tennis courts, basketball courts, or other active athletic facilities.

Wondering how Geist Waterfront Park will connect with the community? Upcoming plans include a covered bridge coming to the area to connect Geist Waterfront Park to Geist Park.

Several of the picnic tables at Geist Waterfront Park feature a space to fit a wheelchair.Free Entry for Fishers Residents

Though free for Fishers residents, out-of-town visitors to Geist Waterfront Park will pay $25 a car during peak hours between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Geist Waterfront Park is a peaceful place for community members of all ages to enjoy nature. The 2-acre beach, walking trails, and passive recreation are a perfect recipe for a day of fun in the sun.

For more local options for sand play, see our list of parks with sandboxes or check out nearby beaches.

Soak up some sunshine while playing at one of Indy’s coolest splash pads.

10811 Olio Road

Visit Geist Waterfront Park | A Gorgeous Beach with an Imaginative Playground in Fishers

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