Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) is a collective impact partnership. Projects are supported, connected, and measured by the partnership, but are undertaken by individual partners. For 2013, the ROW Steering Committee has established the following objectives:
- Build awareness of ROW to engage even more people and businesses in strengthening our waterways.
- Identify, design, and start building select destination locations along our waterways (see below).
- Continually evaluate ROW’s progress against pre-defined metrics to ensure progress and impact.
Projects + Accomplishments
From bike lanes and trails to neighborhood investment and art, the impact the Indianapolis community is having on our waterways is tremendous. Check out what the community is doing to reconnect to our waterways.
Working with partners and neighborhood groups, we’ve identified 18 destination locations along the waterways in the Phase 1 neighborhoods. These locations are places an initiative partner has agreed to lead a discussion and channel energy to have impact. Consider them demonstration sites that the community can rally behind. You can click on each neighborhood on this map to learn more about the locations.
To highlight the exciting, diverse culture of the area and utilize the Eagle Creek asset as a catalyst for investment.
These locations act as gateways into the area and are important for encouraging visitors, improvement and growth.
The Lafayette Square area has seen disinvestment through the past decade and is known for its vehicular focus rather than a pedestrian environment.
Link the existing cultural amenities throughout the area with the nearby body of water and encourage pedestrian access throughout these areas.
These areas have already received attention from community stakeholders. Build on existing energy to accomplish these goals.
Build off of the recent investment in the area and link educational and ecological destinations along the waterway.
Commitments for the continuation of improvement throughout Barton Park and north along the water led us to focus attention with other stakeholders. The community also believes that economic investment is also important to this area.
This area was the focus of Lilly Day of Service 2012 and will continue to be revitalized. The strong involvement of community groups and residents has led to successful projects throughout the past decade.
Build off of the investment and energy of East 10th Street and create pedestrian connections between the natural environments throughout the area.
This section of 10th St. has seen less investment and the community feels it is important to showcase this location as a gateway into the East 10th St. area.
There are hidden amenities throughout this area that should be highlighted and showcased for visitors and community members.
The East 10th St. corridor has seen significant investment throughout the past decade, blazing a trail for investment in the west section. Recent energy and focus has been aimed at the large Circle City Industrial Complex and surrounding areas for investment.
To strengthen and create awareness of Pleasant Run and its nearby trail within the southeast neighborhoods.
The purpose of the Shelby Street destination is to bring awareness to the waterway and encourage wayfinding, while the Prospect St. site focuses on creating an environmentally focused destination at a key intersection as well as at an old industrial site.
Like many neighborhoods, the southeast faced a lack of investment and development until the recent resurgence of the Fountain Square neighborhood. We plan on linking the natural environment with the vibrant cultural and economic environment of the neighborhood.
Destination 7: West Michigan St. & White River View Map
Destination 8: Eagle Creek & Morris St. View Map
Destination 9: Morris St. & Harding St. View Map
Destination 10: Key Learning Community View Map
Work together with important nearby entities to revitalize threatened neighborhoods and connect cultural and educational opportunities along the river.
Morris Street, West Michigan and Key Learning Community all have existing plans. We feel it is important to maximize the resources and networking opportunities of these organizations to help see these plans to fruition.
The White River, especially along the western edge, has been marked by industrial activity that is now deteriorating. Interest and plans for revitalizing the area have been in place for years and now it is time to implement those plans.