By Savannah Harris / public information officer, Indy Parks and Recreation
Formerly known as the Krannert YMCA, Krannert Family Center and its surrounding land first became a part of the Indy Parks and Recreation system in 1972. It has always served as a community gathering place for residents on the city’s far Westside.
A new chapter has unfolded for Krannert, thanks to funding from the Lilly Endowment grant. The parks selected were prioritized for upgrades based on community input, an equity lens, and likely impact due to usage rates. These improvements will further shape the park into a dynamic hub for fitness, recreation, and diverse programming for local residents.
One of the key highlights of this project is the introduction of a brand-new indoor pool, featuring large doors to welcome the sun and easy access to the new outdoor splash pad and comfort stations. Connected is a fenced outdoor turf space, which can be rented for events and gatherings.
The revamped family center offers a state-of-the-art weight and fitness room, stocked with a large array of exercise equipment to cater to every fitness level. The first of its kind in the Indy Parks and Recreation system, each machine is brand new and targets unique muscle groups to ensure full body focus. Weights, exercise balls, resistance bands, and treadmills are simply a few pieces of equipment offered.
A newly paved walking track borders the fitness room, inviting further opportunities for cardio. In addition to these changes are completely refurbished restrooms, changing areas, and locker rooms, with added privacy in showers and rows of lockers for short-term storage. New multi-purpose and conference rooms provide opportunities for residents to gather and connect.
Exterior landscaping, a repaved parking lot, and building maintenance contribute to an inviting atmosphere, blending recreation and the semi-wooded nature surrounding it. Nearby stands a pond teeming with native wildlife, trails and mature trees offering shade and serenity.
Krannert Family Center held its grand re-opening on Jan. 22 to showcase these improvements to the public, but the changes don’t stop there. A public meeting on Jan. 24 unveiled further plans for outdoor trail maintenance and a new playground. Feedback from residents during this meeting will help inform the future of these new amenities.
The staff at Krannert Family Center are already planning an array of winter and spring programming opportunities ranging from fitness, aquatics and sports to hobby and lifestyle. This improved facility caters to a broad spectrum of interests, making Krannert Park an inclusive space for the entire community to enjoy. Doors are open, and residents are invited to explore and engage with these enhancements, ensuring Krannert will remain a vibrant and cherished space for years to come.
PHOTO ABOVE: The indoor pool is now a major feature of the Krannert Family Center.
The state-of-the-art weight and fitness room is stocked with a large array of exercise equipment to cater to every fitness level.