The new canal playground in downtown Indianapolis will catch your eye from the street when traveling on St. Clair Street. From the street it looks like a rollercoaster meets waterpark. Walking towards the playground near the canal, it’s hard to tell if this is a piece of art or a play space. That’s because the new play equipment on the north end of the Indy canal is both!
With non-traditional swings that suit most ages, a tall, tall slide that is only accesible to those who can climb high into the ropes and a smaller slide, the soft surfaced park is suitable for a toddlers and older children, but certainly favors older school-aged children. However, my 2,4,6 and 8 year old all had fun the entire time we were there and it was perhaps my two year old that wailed the loudest when it was time to leave.
This new park can best be described as a climbing park, kids will climb rope structures, follow metal footings and play on the rock wall. Bumpy hills on the surfaces are fun for the littlest ones and the sweeping surfaces are comfortable and easy to navigate.
The canal is just a few yards from the play space and provides much added entertainment, especially when the ducks swim over to be fed. The Cultural Trail is also nearby and provides even more opportunities to see beautiful art. Public restrooms are a short walk north on the canal in the same building that Burgerhaus resides, signs will direct you there. Parking is best found on the street above the canal area, but there is a parking lot that was open after normal business hours — but I’m not certain that you are permitted to park there.
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