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Riverside Regional Park

About Riverside Park

Riverside Park was developed for agriculture use beginning in the 1820s. The are along white river became a popular recreation space during the last half of the nineteenth century. In 1898, Mayor Thomas Taggart negotiated the purchase of large tracts of land around Indianapolis to form new park and parkway systems. Riverside Park was one of the largest city parks in the United States. It would remain the largest park in Marion County until the development of Eagle Creek Park in 1962. Riverside Park was listed in the National register of Historic Places in 2003 as part of the Indianapolis Park and boulevard system historical district.  

Recent improvement to Riverside Park include the Thomas Taggart Memorial Amphitheater in 2021 and the Riverside Promenade trail in 2023. The Riverside Adventure Park north of 30th street is currently under construction creating a nature themed playground, new trails, and more. Construction on the Taggart Memorial Playground next to the Amphitheater is expected to begin in 2025. These improvements are based on the findings and community input included in the Riverside Regional Park Master Plan.

Riverside Promenade

The Riverside Promenade trail stretches 1.5 miles from just east of the 30th street bridge near Herron Riverside High School down to 16th street along East Riverside Drive. The Promenade passes through the park along the sports fields and courts, the Riverside Park Family Center, the Taggart Memorial Amphitheater, and the South Grove Golf Course. Together with the Central White River trail, residents can do a full loop around the entire eastern portion of Riverside Park.

The Promenade is perfect for a bike ride, a run, or a casual walk with others. Nodes throughout the trail highlight the history of Riverside and the City of Indianapolis.

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