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Why Now?

For more than 100 years, other local community initiatives have frequently held the White River as a keystone in planning and developing Central Indiana tourism and community activities.

The White River Master Plan is not intended to replace these initiatives, but to work with them to bring ideas to fruition. Creating a plan to enhance the White River in Indianapolis and Hamilton County guides regional growth for our century.

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The White River Vision Plan is a joint effort between the City of Indianapolis and Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. in partnership with Visit Indy’s philanthropic arm, Tourism Tomorrow, Inc. to develop a comprehensive and coordinated regional, community-driven plan to enhance 58 miles of the White River in Marion and Hamilton counties. The goal of the vision plan is to create an accessible, recreational, and cultural environment that encourages a unique sense of place for the community as a whole.

Our Partners

The White River Alliance

The White River Alliance (WRA) is a 16-county consortium of local governments, industry, utilities, universities, agriculture and the regional community that exists to improve and protect water quality on a watershed basis in the larger Upper White River Region.

Friends of the White River

Established in 1985, Friends of the White River is a non-profit organization to promote the continued improvement of the quality of the river’s water, and to maintain and restore habitat and wildlife in the river and along its adjacent greenway.

Reconnecting Our Waterways (ROW)

Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) is a collective impact initiative that has worked purposefully since 2012 to change the quality of life and ecology along Indianapolis waterways and surrounding neighborhoods.

Vision Plan Steering Committee

Jill Hoffman, White River Alliance
John Ruckelshaus, Indiana State Senate/White River Caucus (invited)
Vop Osili, Indianapolis City-County Council
Brian Payne, CICF
Carolene Mays-Medley, White River State Park
Greg Porter, Indiana State House of Representatives
Adam Thies, IUPUI
Kenton Ward, Hamilton County Surveyor
Victoria Spartz, Indiana State Senate/White River Caucus
Steve Cooke, City of Noblesville
Tom Kilian, Legacy Fund
Tony Mason, Indianapolis Urban League (invited)
Michael O’Connor, Eli Lilly & Co (invited)
Leonard Hoops, Visit Indy
Betsy McCaw, CICP
Michael Strohl, Citizens Energy Group
Michael Kaufmann, Eskenazi Health
Chuck Kiphart, Hamilton County Planning Commission
David Greene, Concerned Clergy
Kobi Wright, Capital Improvements Board
Keira Amstutz, Indiana Humanities
Dan Stevens, Hamilton County Commissioners Office

Vision Plan Stakeholder Committee

Amy Marisavljevic, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Outdoor Recreation
Beth White, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee
Cam Radford, Indy Community Outreach
Cathy Ferree, IN State Museum
Chris Pryor, MIBOR
Colleen Fanning, BRVA/City-County Council (invited)
David Forsell, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
David Hillman, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
Deb Lawrence, Marian University
Greg Harger, ROW White River
Jonathon Wright, Newfields
Julie Rhodes, Reconnecting to Our Waterways
Katie Robinson, SustainIndy
Kelsey Thetoni, IDEM
Kevin Hardie, Friends of the White River
Leah McGrath, City of Fishers
Leah Nahmias, Indiana Humanities
Linda Broadfoot, IndyParks
Lori Hazlett, Indianapolis Parks Foundation
Melody Park, Indy Department of Public Works (invited)
Michael Klitzing, Carmel Parks
Mike Crowther, Indianapolis Zoo
Norman Burns, Conner Prairie
Phyllis Boyd, Groundwork Indy (invited)
Ryan Mueller, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water (invited)
Alison Redenz, Marion County Health Department
Sarah Reed, City of Noblesville
Sean Mobley, The Nature Conservancy
Tim Maloney, Hoosier Environmental Council
Bob Dubois, Noblesville Chamber
Alexander Umlauf, ROW (White River)
Jim Flanders, Northern Hamilton County
Rob Versprilla, Northern Hamilton County
Sarah Tilling, Northern Hamilton County
Tim Junk, IDEM

The Experts

Agency Landscape + Planning, a group of talented landscape architects, planners, and urban designers, has been selected to lead a group of local and national businesses who specialize in regional outdoor projects and revitalization initiatives. Led by Gina Ford and Brie Hensold, Agency believes in a more resilient and equitable approach to planning and design that results in more relevant, contextual and vibrant public environments.

The Agency team also includes many local and national firms. Local partners include Christopher Burke Engineering / CBBEL, Engaging Solutions, RATIO Architects, Porch Light, Landstory, Pure Design, Fineline Graphics, Shrewsberry and Project Photo Docs. National team members include Land Collective, Heritage Strategies, Applied Ecological Services / AES and HR&A Advisors.

White River Vision Survey

Please share with us your perspective on our draft recommendations organized by focus area.

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Community Engagement

Community participation and feedback is the most important aspect of developing a plan to create an ecologically and economically healthy corridor, which will weave neighborhoods, institutions, and destinations together, as well as amplify the natural beauty of the region and make the White River a defining element of the community’s daily experiences.

Community members in and around Central Indiana will be encouraged to share visions, needs, and desires for the White River Master Plan through a series of public meetings. They will have the chance to speak with local and national organizations leading the WRVP, tourism industry officials, environmental advocacy organizations, and elected officials. Feedback will be used to develop a vision statement, goals, and objectives to achieve the vision set forth by the community.

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