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Mayor Hogsett highlights progress on Indy Parks playground projects 

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Mayor Joe Hogsett joined Councillor William “Duke” Oliver, Indy Parks, and Gina Christofaro from the Bates Hendricks Neighborhood Association to mark the completion of the new Ringgold Park playground and provide an update on the 26 parks receiving playground upgrades with $17.8 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). 

“This effort is just one part of an overall push for Indy Parks,” said Mayor Hogsett. “Residents will know by now – if for no other reason than I mention it almost daily – we are putting record investment into these public spaces. That is thanks not only to ARPA, but also to the Lilly Endowment and our own Circle City Forward initiative. The reason is simple: Good parks make communities better.” 

“Indy Parks’ ongoing investment in playgrounds across the city will ensure that more families have access to high quality, child friendly spaces in their community or just down the street added Indy Parks Director Phyllis Boyd. “As you can see, these projects are impacting parks of all sizes, including neighborhood parks like this one, showcasing the mayor’s commitment and our commitment to every neighborhood in the city.” 

“Whether it’s a playground, pool, basketball court, or green space, our park amenities enhance the quality of life for all Indianapolis residents. These new investments will truly have a generational impact on our city,” said Councillor Oliver. “As Chair of the Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee, I’m proud to support these projects that will provide transformational opportunities for our youth and all Indianapolis residents.” 

Ringgold Park’s new playground was recently completed along with the playground at Stacy Park. Both parks received new playground equipment and rubberized, or synthetic turf surfacing installed around the playground. 19 more parks are in the construction bidding process.  Bids will then be reviewed and approved by the Parks Board and playground construction will take place later this fall and into the spring of 2024.  

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