New Urban Park Planned for Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): A new urban park is coming to Indianapolis.

City and civic leaders announced that Lilly Endowment has awarded the Indianapolis-Marion County Building Authority a $5 million matching grant.

The city will come up with at least another $5 million to transform the Washington Street side of the City County Building Plaza. It‘ll be one of the anchors of downtown‘s new Market East District.

Plans call for converting the plaza into a greenspace that will include an interactive water fountain that visitors can operate with their smartphones, a small skating rink, soccer space and outdoor seating.

The park will be adjacent to the new Cummins Distribution headquarters, Downtown Transit Center and new 21c Museum Hotel. Downtown Inc.‘s Sherry Seiwert says with more than 10,000 new residents are expected to pour into downtown within the next decade and the new attractions will be welcomed additions.

Construction on the CCB Plaza is expected to begin later this year with completion in late 2016.