The Process


This master planning process is to formally update the 1981 Broad Ripple Park Master Plan and provide guidance to Indy Parks for future improvements. In 2016, Indy Parks completed a Comprehensive Master Plan of the entire park and greenway system throughout the City of Indianapolis.

As a part of that process, Broad Ripple Park was identified as a potential Signature Park by community input. The reason for this master planning process is to continue the momentum started by the Comprehensive Master Plan, further study the park, and develop a long-term vision for the park to be adopted by the City of Indianapolis.

What is a Master Plan? A Master Plan acts as a roadmap for future decisions regarding the park. Many master planning processes use a 4 step process. 

Step 1: Documenting the current conditions and needs within the existing park, facilities, and community.

Step 2: Listen to and record the communities ideas, needs, concerns and desires for the park.

Step 3: Propose a future vision for the park and establish priorities for what areas are to be redesigned, renovated, reimagined, and programmed.

Step 4: Provides implementation guidance on funding opportunities, where to focus funding, and a timeline to achieve the vision established during the process.

This Master Planning process will focus on education, public engagement, sound planning, and design. To gauge the community’s vision for the park, the planning process will include a steering committee, stakeholder interviews, and several public open houses and pop-up events in various Broad Ripple neighborhood venues. The team will also use online community surveys, social media and other engagement tactics can be used to hear from as many voices as possible. The Broad Ripple Park Family Center will soon feature a project studio for people to visit and learn more about the process and collaborate with Design Team members.


The inventory is the first step in the design process that informs the design team’s understanding of the park and surrounding influences. The design team is currently researching and documenting the park’s history, hydrology, utilities, topography, amenities, existing conditions, tree inventory, ecological systems, financial sustainability, surrounding demographics, transportation connections, land use, and community context.

A thorough documentation and understanding of the park helps inform the design team and leads to identification of problems, challenges, solutions, opportunities, and potential uses.

Below you will find the current inventory collected for the park.  Information will be updated as developed.


The analysis builds on the inventory information collected and becomes the precursor to the conceptual site design process.  The design team uses site analysis to graphically diagram current and potential conditions that will play a role in the design process.  This allows the design team to create a thoughtful solution that blends the existing conditions with future design suggestions.

Below you will see a series of key analysis diagrams:


Public Meeting #1

Public Meeting #1 was held March 7, 2018 at Broad Ripple High School, and there were forty (40) attendees registered. During the presentation portion, a headcount was conducted resulting in fifty-three (53) attendees.

A brief introductory presentation was given by Fred Prazeau with Context Design after which, attendees were given the opportunity to ask questions and share any comments or concerns. The “Open House” concept allowed the attendees to freely view various maps and photos of Broad Ripple park as well as inspirational photos of park amenities and other parks in various cities. The maps and photos were displayed on easel boards throughout the room. Attendees were also asked to write their thoughts on their favorite Broad Ripple Park memory, what they would like to see in the park, what they would change about the park, and what big ideas they may have for the park. They recorded their responses on a sticky note and place them on the input boards to be reviewed by the project team.

Ashley Robinson, Project Artist, set up a table displaying her ideas to creatively add art into the park’s culture. Indy Parks also had table to share information about the parks and park programming. At the registration table, a paper copy of the survey was offered to those who would like to complete the survey that evening. All attendees were advised of the online option as well.

Community Pop-Up Event #1

Community Pop-up Event #1 was held March 10, 2018 at Broad Ripple Winter’s Farmer Market. The design team setup a booth within the marketplace and talked to visitors about the planning process and received input on ideas and needs within the park. Attendees were also asked to write their thoughts on what they would like to see in the park and what they would change about the park. There were approximately fifty (50) people that stopped by the booth and each visitor was encouraged to use sticky notes to give their input and received a summary sheet of the project process.

Design Parameters

Design Parameters, or Guiding Principles, are used to cast a vision for the park’s improvements.  These parameters have been developed in partnership with the Steering Committee, Stakeholder Groups, Indy Parks Staff and are a summary of community input received in the online survey and public meetings.


The conceptual design process was kicked-off with a two-day design workshop.  The design parameters were confirmed and crafted and then breakout creative teams worked together to generate vignettes to study spatial relationships, circulation and amenities within the park.  Ideas were vetted within the team and refined to present to the Steering Committee for further comments.  Further refinements were made to the address concerns and those concepts were presented at the April 4th public meeting.   Below you see images of the design workshop, concepts and conceptual ideas for the recreational center.