Date: October 5, 2019, 9:00 am
Location: White River Greenway- Walk begins at the Riverside Park Aquatic Center parking lot- 2420 East Riverside Drive, Indianapolis, IN
Get fit and explore Indianapolis’ White River. The White River Greenway is a 10-mile greenway trail that follows the White River from 38th Street on the north to Raymond Street south of downtown. The greenway passes through White River State Park downtown and provides connections to several significant cultural destinations in the city. On October 5, join an Eskenazi community physician for a walk on the northern portion of the greenway beginning at Riverside Park and going to Fall Creek near 10th Street. Walking is proven to be one of the best exercises to improve overall health and can be part of developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle! Spending time in green spaces can boost our mood and health even more. Join Eskenazi physician Carrie Leathers for a beautiful walk on the greenway. Dr. Leathers will discuss ways for making exercise routines more effective. This event is free and bilingual. All are welcome, including furry friends, and participants are encouraged to register for the event.
Date: August 24, 2019, 9:00 am
Location: Eagle Creek Greenway- 56th Street Trailhead 7225 West 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46254
(next to the Colts Facility- Corner of 56th St. and Reed Road)
Walking is proven to be one of the best exercises to improve overall health and can be part of developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle! Spending time in green spaces can boost our mood and health even more. Join Dr. Carrie Leathers, Internist and Pediatrician at Eskenazi Pecar Health Center for a beautiful walk on the Eagle Creek Greenway. This event is free and bilingual.
When most people think about public art in Indianapolis, “Indy Greenways” is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. We tend to view our greenway system as a place to walk, jog, or ride bikes—recreation. In recent years, Indy has also discovered that the greenways are optimal transportation alternatives and commuting routes. But public art?
“Indy’s greenway system is a little-known way to enjoy art while getting a bit of exercise,” says Julia Moore, Director of Public Art for the Arts Council of Indianapolis. “Not only are there works of art placed along most trails, but the trails themselves connect the most desirable arts and culture destinations in the city.”
First, the greenways provide a direct access to the some of the city’s most significant art centers. Newfields and the Virginia Fairbanks Art & Nature Park are located along the Central Canal Towpath. The Indianapolis Arts Center is located directly adjacent to the Monon Trail. The White River Greenway connects to White River State Park, home of many pieces of public sculpture. The Pleasant Run Greenway connects to the Garfield Parks Art Center. Several of the greenways link to the Cultural Trail and art installations downtown. Nearly every greenway in the Indy Greenway system invites users to engage with some level of public art.
In addition to physical installations, the greenways also provide connections to significant cultural and performing art events such as art fairs, music, dance, concerts and many other events that showcase the arts.
Even more significant is the number of artworks located along Indy Greenways. Pogues Run Art and Nature Park located at the northern end of the Pogues Run Greenway, for example, includes numerous works of art. Commissioned pieces exist on several of the other greenways. In fact, take a ride on any of the trails and you are likely to come across public art, whether it’s a mural, sculpture, or interactive experience piece. Works range from student pieces to commissioned pieces from local and national artists and cover a wide range of different media.
“Probably the most concentrated arts offerings are on the Monon Trail,” says Moore. “You get the brilliant arts destination that is Broad Ripple, plus there is more public art per mile, on average, right along the Monon Trail than on any other greenway in the city.”
The Indianapolis Greenways Partnership, along with our partners at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Parks Foundation, and Indy Parks, created the Art on the Greenways series to highlight and give residents an opportunity to engage with unique public art along the trails. Our programming has included a tour of the many sculpture at Pogues Run Art and Nature Park, a bike tour of art along the Monon Trail, and a photography competition along the Pogues Run Greenway. We have two additional bike tours scheduled for this Summer: a bike tour of art on the White River Greenway on June 1 and another bike tour of the art along the Monon Trail on June 29.
“There is more public art on Indy Greenways than most people realize” said Ron Taylor of the Indianapolis Greenways Partnership. “There are tremendous opportunities and works along Indy Greenways. The purpose of our Art on the Greenways programming is to help highlight those opportunities and to provide opportunities for residents to meaningfully engage with this work.”
You can learn more about our current Art on the Greenways program offerings at https://greenwayspartnership.com/. You can also visit the Arts Council of Indianapolis website for a searchable list of public art at https://indyarts.org/.
Date: June 29, 2019, 12:00 pm
Location: Monon Trail, 96th Street Trailhead- 1430 East 96th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46240
Walking has been proven to be one of the best exercises to improve overall health. Even small walks have been shown to improve cardiovascular health, mental health, type 2 diabetes, depression, and a whole range other health issues. Walking is a simple step in developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout all stages of life and it’s also a great way to get outdoors and see some of Indy’s great places! On June 29, join Dr. Carrie Leathers, an Eskenazi community physician for a walk on Indy’s award-winning Monon Trail. The walk will include a walking discussion of the new physical activity guidelines for older adults from the Move Your Way campaign and will explore other health topics including ways to incorporate balance and muscle strength training into your walking routine. Although the program will include tips for older adults, kids and all ages and all abilities are welcome to attend as the walk will be tailored to the participants that take part inn the walk. This event is free and bilingual. Participants are encouraged to register to ensure their spot on the walk.