Just because you live in a city doesn’t mean that you have to give up nature. Downtown Indianapolis has over 350 acres of green spaces, trails, parks and waterways for its residents to enjoy, helping to make it one of the most liveable cities.
Green spaces offer so many advantages to Indianapolis beyond being places to gather; they filter pollutants from the air helping regulate air quality, provide shade, reduce heat buildup and even improve mental health. Seeing a green space in an urban environment provides a refreshing contrast and allows for communities to be more sustainable.
Living in downtown Indy, there are many green spaces you probably know about and some that are hidden gems we want to share with you. Here are five of our favorites to check out!
Bill Gray Plaza: You’ll recognize Bill Gray Plaza by the Brickface 3 sculpture (created by James Tyler) outside of Bru Burger Bar on Mass Ave. This small green space is a cozy pocket park in the heart of Mass Ave Cultural District. Grab a coffee from Starbucks next to the park and bask in the shade of Bill Gray Plaza on a sunny day. It’s also a great spot for weekend people-watching!
Chatham Arch Commons Park: Our Park 10 property is right in the heart of the Chatham Arch neighborhood, making Chatham Arch Commons Park just a hop, skip and a jump away. This green space is secluded into the historical neighborhood making you feel miles away from the city atmosphere. Pack a picnic and grab your favorite book to decompress within walking distance.
Edna Balz Lacey Park: If you’re a foodie, chances are you’ve been to Milktooth and Bluebeard in Fletcher Place. But have you visited Edna Balz Lacey Park, a local urban park just steps away? This two-acre green space has a gazebo, sand volleyball court, bocce ball courts and playground, and it serves as the event space for the Holy Rosary Italian Festival each June.
Pathways to Peace Garden: We all need a moment of zen from time to time, and the Pathways to Peace Garden is a tranquil green space that offers a quiet retreat to all that visit. The park was designed and planted by youth and dedicated to youth who have lost their lives to violence. You can’t miss the peace pole, filled with hundreds of prayers for peace inside.
Military Park: From Irish Fest to the Microbrewers Festival, Military Park is home to outdoor festivals and events all summer long. Named for its shape that resembles a military badge, Military Park has 14 acres of green space for you to play a game of Frisbee, break a sweat or simply relax. Walk to Military Park via Canal Walk or bike over using the Cultural Trail.