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Today’s Forecast

91º | 50% chance of precipitation | Sunrise 6:15 a.m. |
Sunset 9:15 p.m. | Full Weather Report | Traffic Report

👙 Keep calm and swim on
A lifeguard instructor teaching a pool full of students
Lifeguards positions at Indy Parks start at $15/hour. | Photo via @indyparks|Photo by @indyparks
Central Indiana is experiencing an intense heat wave this week. We’re sharing some public pools and splash pads to cool off at to help you beat the heat.

Public pools

  • Broad Ripple Park | 1550 Broad Ripple Ave.
  • Brookside Park | 3510 Brookside Pkwy S. Dr.
  • Eagle Creek Beach | 7602 Eagle Beach Dr.
  • Ellenberger Park | 5301 E. St. Clair St.
  • Frederick Douglass Park | 1616 E. 25th St.
  • Gustafson Park | 3110 Moller Rd.
  • Indy Island Aquatic Center | 8575 E. Raymond St.
  • Krannert Park | 605 S. High School Rd.
  • Northwestway Park | 5343 W. 62nd St.
  • Perry Park | 451 E. Stop 11 Rd.
  • Rhodius Park | 1720 W. Wilkins St.
  • Sahm Park | 6801 E. 91st St.
  • Stanley Strader Park | 2850 Bethel Ave.
Pools are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays; and 12 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Admission fees will be between $2 and $5, depending on the pool. Pro tip: You can also purchase an Indy Parks Fun Card for $40 per person (ages 3 and above), which gives you access to one pool per day for the whole season.

A new splash pad at Frank and Judy O'Bannon Park in Indianapolis

A new splash pad opened at Frank & Judy O’Bannon Soccer Park last year.


Photo by INDYtoday team

Splash pads

If you’re looking for something a bit more shallow, a splash pad might be for you. These are typically made of concrete and have motion-detection to release streams of water + mist.

Splash pads are open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

You can find them all around the city, including places like Holliday Park (6363 Spring Mill Dr.) and Bertha Ross Park (3700 N. Clifton Ave.), where you can cool off after a long hike or get a view of the historic Crown Hill Cemetery. See the full list of splash pads.
What’s your favorite way to cool off on a hot summer day?

A. Jumping in the pool
B. Getting ice cream from a local shop
C. Indoor activities like going to a movie or museum
Tuesday, June 18
  • Indianapolis Indians vs. Iowa Cubs | Tuesday, June 18 | 7:05 p.m. | Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis | $13-$32 | Bring your appetite and devour hot dogs, peanuts, potato chips, popcorn, Cracker Jacks, and churros — all available for just a buck at the game.
Wednesday, June 19
  • Wednesday Night Trivia | Wednesday, June 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Guggman Haus Brewing Co., 1701 Gent Ave., Indianapolis | Free to play | Enjoy food and drinks while playing trivia for a chance to win prizes.
Thursday, June 20
  • Bingo Prom | Thursday, June 20 | 6-9 p.m. | Guggman Haus Brewing Co., 1701 Gent Ave., Indianapolis | $50+ | Dress up in your best prom night attire + get ready to dance, drink, eat, and win prizes — all in support of the Domestic Violence Network.
  • Live Music on the Plaza | Thursday, June 20 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Fountain Square Plaza, 1101 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis | Cost of purchase | Grab your favorite beverages + meals from a local merchant and then enjoy a show featuring three local musicians.
Friday, June 21
Saturday, June 22
  • Indianapolis 5K & Monumental Mile | Saturday, June 22 | 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Monument Circle, Indianapolis | $34-$44 | Join the 11th running of the Indianapolis Monumental Mile and the second annual Indianapolis 5K.
Sunday, June 23
  • Wellness Mornings on the Plaza | Sunday, June 23 | 10-11 a.m. | Fountain Square Plaza, 1101 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis | $1-$15 | Start your Sunday morning off with a Zumba class.
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News Notes
  • On Saturday, June 22, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis will welcome “Mandela: The Official Exhibition.” The exhibit will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about the world’s most iconic freedom fighter + Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Nelson Mandela. It will be here until Jan. 20, 2025.
Coming Soon
  • The Shadow Lounge is a new restaurant that’s planning to open in the building of the former Capri Italian Restaurant, near the intersection of 54th Street and Keystone Avenue. The 3,670-sqft restaurant will feature live comedy, spoken-word, and music performances. (IBJ)
  • With the heat wave we’re experiencing, Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside (FIDO) is reminding pet owners to be mindful of their furry friends. Dogs shouldn’t be outside for more than 20 minutes when the temperature reaches 90+ degrees. Learn more about FIDO. (WRTV)
  • 20,689. That’s how many ticket holders were on-site for the first round of semifinals + finals races Saturday night for the opening weekend of the Olympic Swim Trials — breaking a world record for most spectators to attend an indoor swimming event. (IBJ)
  • Going to the movies is an A-list activity for a hot summer day. The IMAX Theater in the Indiana State Museum has unveiled the rest of the lineup of the 2024 Classic Film Series, which brings decades of blockbusters back to the big screen. See the movies.
  • The Pacers have three picks in the 2024 NBA Draft, and all three are currently in the second round. Who should the team target? Locked On podcast host Tony East breaks down six draft prospects the team should consider.
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    • Conner Prairie invites visitors to “reflect forward” as they explore the museum’s unwavering connection to the past. From historical experiences to connecting with nature, the museum offers plenty of opportunities for guests to embark on a journey into the future as they look into the past. Plan a visit.*
    • Raise a glass, drop a deal. We’ll be toasting to Drink Up Week sponsored by Social Cantina and The Tap — a celebration of Indy’s vibrant beverage scene — from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26. If you own a local business that serves beverages, join us by offering a fun drink deal to our readers — we may include it in a newsletter.
    🏟️ Building on Indy’s sports momentum
    Bleachers with signage for IU Indy Athletics
    The IU Indianapolis Athletics Center will complement the existing IU Natatorium, Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium, and IU Indianapolis Softball Complex.|Photo by IU Board of Trustee via @iuindianapolis
    The IU Board of Trustees approved plans for a $110 million multi-sport arena in downtown Indianapolis.

    The 134,500-sqft facility will be built on part of a 7-acre green space at the northwest corner of Blackford and Wabash streets.

    It will be home to the IU Indianapolis men’s and women’s basketball + women’s volleyball programs. Plus, the Indianapolis-based USA Track & Field will move its headquarters to the new building.

    The arena will include a basketball/volleyball court with seating for 4,500 spectators, as well as an auxiliary gymnasium, multiple community spaces, locker rooms, a training room, and a weight room.

    The project will be funded by $89.5 million in state appropriations, which were approved during the Indiana General Assembly’s 2023 budget session. The remaining $21 million will be covered by IU Indianapolis-specific funds allocated by the board.

    The project is set to go before both the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the State Budget Committee in the coming months. The arena is anticipated to open in fall 2026.
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    Due to the extreme heat, Indy Parks Family Centers can be used as cooling centers for residents that need to avoid the heat. Find the nearest family center.
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