By Isabel Ramsey / Public information officer, Indy Parks
This fall at Indy Parks, we have hundreds of programs lined up for you and your family to enjoy. Did you know that we host over 2,400 programs throughout the year across the city that come at a low cost or are free?
Our core programming areas include health and wellness, aquatics, active adults (ages 62+), youth and adult sports, adaptive/inclusive, arts, enrichment, environmental education, outdoor adventure, and more. Let’s dive into just a fraction of the offerings we have coming up this fall:
+ Health, wellness, and fitness: If you’ve ever wanted to try a new type of exercise or learn ways you can stay on top of your health, you’ve come to the right place. This fall you can try belly dancing at Broad Ripple Park; chair aerobics at Municipal Gardens; Indy in Motion classes at Garfield, Indianapolis World Sports or Riverside parks; hip-hop aerobics at Riverside Park; or try sunset yoga at Thatcher and Tarkington parks.
Learn about wellness through multiple avenues including the Walk with a Doc or Dietitian on the Greenways programs; and learning about ways to reduce your diabetes risk and how to eat more mindfully at Municipal Gardens, Rhodius and Washington parks. For the little ones, sign up for Amazing Athlete Tots or Jump Bunch at Broad Ripple Park.
+ Aquatics: While summer may be over, and outdoor pools are closed, we have two indoor pools that are open year-round. Thatcher Park Pool and Indy Island Aquatic Center both offer open-swim times and different types of classes throughout the fall and winter seasons. From youth swim lessons to water aerobics, swim team and more, all ages benefit from having access to a pool year-round.
+ Arts and enrichment: Youth can join several STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) camps this fall and winter at Broad Ripple Park. Those camps feature topics such as astrology, meteorology, geology and more. Both adults and teens who are looking to learn how to sew can participate in Broad Ripple Park’s do-it-yourself sewing classes, or head to Garfield Park for an herbal candle-making evening.
+ Environmental education and outdoor adventure: Fall is arguably one of the best seasons to venture outdoors and learn about nature at the same time. Little ones will enjoy Garden Storytime and Jungle Tales at the Garfield Park Conservatory; Hike and Seek, Books and Boots; Falcon Fridays and more at Eagle Creek Park; Little Gardeners at Broad Ripple Park; and more. Adults and families can join in on Park Bird Walks and Hikes at Garfield and Eagle Creek parks; and Garden and Grow, Friday Night Campfires, Hike with a Naturalist, and the Natural History Book Club at Holliday Park. And we couldn’t forget about Hayrides at Southeastway and Eagle Creek parks, which are now taking reservations.
We are looking forward to welcoming you into our 214 parks this season, whether it’s through a program, a hike, a picnic, or other ways, we’ll be excited to see you. All programs are now open for registration, so grab your place while you can at indyparks.org.
PHOTO ABOVE: Outdoor activities are among those offered this fall at several Indy Parks sites.