White River State Park
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|White River State Park|
|Location||Marion County, Indiana, United States|
|Area||250 acres (100 ha)|
|Operated by||White River State Park Development Commission|
|Visitors||3.0 to 3.5 million (in 2009)|
|Status||Open all year|
White River State Park covers 250 acres (1 km2) in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, on the western edge of the downtown area at 801 West Washington Street. It is also one of six designated cultural districts in Indianapolis. Among the attractions located in or near the park are the Indiana State Museum and IMAX Theater, the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the NCAA Headquarters and Hall of Champions, the Medal of Honor Memorial, Victory Field (home of Indianapolis Indians baseball), Military Park, the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn Concert Series, and the Indiana Cross Country Arena. White River State Park is an urban park located in Indianapolis and is not part of the 32 properties managed by the Division of State Parks, a land management team within the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Restoration on this area began in the late 1980s, when public attention fell on the Indiana Central Canal. The canal was originally engineered in the 1830s as a way to ship goods through the state of Indiana, but the project went bankrupt and the Indianapolis section of the canal was the only section that was ever dug. Although the canal was never used for its intended purpose, recent restoration and development have changed the area and it is currently functioning as a cultural center within the city of Indianapolis. One of the proposed focal points of the park, Indiana Tower, was never constructed.
The following listing shows key points of interest and founding dates surrounding White River State Park and Central Canal Cultural District:
- Historic Pumphouse
- 1870 – Opens as the original water pumping station for the city of Indianapolis.
- 1969 – Pumping Station closed.
- 1980 – Accepted for inclusion on the National Register for Historic Places.
- 1981 – Renovations complete and reopens as the Park's headquarters and Visitors' Center.
- White River State Park Visitors' Center (Dr. Frank P. Lloyd Sr. Visitors Center)
- 2003 – Opens.
- 1988 – Park’s first attraction established.
- 1999 – Opens.
- Historic Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge
- 1916 – Opens as part of the National Road.
- 1994 – Historic National Road U.S. 40 previously linking the U.S. from east to west start renovations.
- 1999 – Art Sculptures in the Park begins.
- 1999–2000 – Relocated to Indianapolis from Kansas City.
- National Federation of State High School Associations Headquarters (NFHS)
- 1999–2000 – Relocated to Indianapolis from Kansas City.
- 2002 – Opens.
- IMAX 3D Theatre
- 1996 – Opens as Indiana's only IMAX theatre.
- 1996-Present – Operates as the largest IMAX in Indiana.
- Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial
- 1999 – Opens and dedication.
- 1822 – Indianapolis's first documented 4th of July celebration.
- 1852 – First Indiana State Fair.
- 1861 – Civil War encampment until 1865.
- Present day – Home to many charity events, festivals, and outdoor concerts
- 1830 – Founded.
- 1999 – A neighbor of White River State Park located just east of West Street; opened in 1999.
- Not one of the Park's attractions, but a neighbor to White River State Park and open to the public.
- 1989 – Opened as the park’s second attraction.
- 2005 – Opens expanded gallery space, state-of-the-art education facility, performance/special event areas, and indoor/outdoor dining restaurant – doubling the Museum's size.
- 1996 – Opens as home of the Indianapolis Indians playing games from April to September.
- 2005 – Triple-A affiliate of MLB Pittsburgh Pirates.
- The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn @ White River State Park Concert Series
- 2004 – Opens inaugural Summer Concert season.
- 2006 – Named one of the top 100 outdoor concert venues in the world by Pollstar magazine.
- 2007 – Named one of the top 100 outdoor concert venues in the world by Pollstar magazine, doubles concert attendance with 50,000+ spectators, includes 11 shows.
- 2008 – Once again, named one of the top 100 outdoor concert venues in the world by Pollstar magazine and over 50,000 spectators at 8 shows.
- 2009 – Named one of the top 100 outdoor concert venues in the world by Pollstar magazine and another great season with over 50,000 spectators at 12 shows.
- The Indiana Cross Country Arena
- 2007 – White River State Park partners with the Indiana Invaders, Indy Greenways, Indianapolis Parks, the National Institute for Fitness & Sport (NIFS), local and international businesses, and community partners to revitalize the flood plain greenspace along the White River for education, health, and recreation opportunities.
- 2008 – Opens unofficially in August with 9 meets and invitationals.
- 2008 – Middle school (National Middle School Championships), high school (City of Indianapolis Championships), and youth (Indiana USA Track and Field Junior Olympics) teams showcase their competitive spirit.
- 2010 – Anticipated its official inaugural season in late summer.
- "White River State Park Development Commission Agency Overview" (pdf). White River State Park Development Commission. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
- "Pumphouse History". White River State Park. Archived from the original on October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
- "Map of Park". White River State Park. Archived from the original on November 22, 2010. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
- "Sculpture in the Park". White River State Park. Archived from the original on March 7, 2005. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
- "IMAX Theatre at Indiana State Museum - Indianapolis - Movie Tickets Showtimes". www.imax.com.
- "The Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial". IPL. Archived from the original on March 4, 2006. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
- "Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park". White River State Park. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
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