INDIANAPOLIS - Sixteen Indianapolis parks are slated to receive major upgrades and renovations, officials announced Tuesday.
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard announced the start of construction on $8 million in improvements to the parks across Marion County.
"People moving to America’s cities want things like great parks," Ballard said. "These great investments in Indy Parks and the many other quality-of-life improvements we are making in our city each contribute to making our neighborhoods more attractive places for people to live."
The $8 million worth of upgrades will be funded through a $10 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The money will help pay for renovated basketball courts, restrooms and shelters, parking lots and sidewalks, playground equipment, trails and water spray grounds.
"We believe that to build community and pride in community, Indy Parks has an opportunity to impact that for Indianapolis," Indy Parks Director John Williams said.
Municipal Gardens Park on North Lafayette Road is part of the Indianapolis Parks & Recreation system. Its new and improved water spray ground is part of the upgrades.
Families appeared to love the water spray ground Tuesday afternoon.
"I've been coming here since I was a kid and now that they've improved it, it was just one sprinkler it seemed like, but now, look at it. It's wonderful now," Robert Roucoulet said.
Park improvements were also being paid for by Indianapolis Power & Light Company, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, United Water, 3Mgives and FinishLine.
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