Home / Parks / Watkins Park

Watkins Park

About Watkins Park

Wakins Park, formerly the Northwestern Community Center, is a 21-acre park with roots tracing back to the family center’s construction in 1939. Located just northwest of downtown Indianapolis, this community hub boasts beautiful views of the city’s skyline. The park offers an array of youth programs and services. Additionally, the historic family center can be rented for weddings, family reunions, civic meetings, anniversaries, and other gatherings. Please contact the park directly for additional information. The park also offers fenced basketball courts, tennis courts, a small workout facility, restrooms, a playground and swing set, greenspace, and park seating. In the summer, enjoy two music series–Jazz in the Park and Blues in the Hood—featuring local musicians. 

Pastor of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church for eight years and minister of St. Paul AME Church before that, Rev. Charles T.H. Watkins was deeply involved in Indianapolis community affairs. Watkins was a member of the Metropolitan Park Board for five years and president for two years. A member of the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights, Watkins was also the president of the Indianapolis Social Workers Club and very active in the YMCA. Watkins spent a lot of time abroad representing various local, state, and national church organizations in his lifetime.      

Did You Know

Top Things to Do At Watkins Park


Nearby Parks

Subscribe for Updates

The Indy Parks Newsletter is sent monthly.