Riverside Park was established in 1903 and is the second-largest park in the city with 862 acres. Since 2017, the near west side park has been on track to become one of the most transformative initiatives in the city. In 2021, its major project was the Taggart Amphitheatre.
This year, it’s the Riverside Promenade, which just cut the ribbon yesterday.
The Riverside Promenade — running along the east side of Riverside Park — will become known as a unique pedestrian corridor that links to other popular pathways, including the White River and Central Canal trails.
“The Riverside Park Promenade is a great way to see this park, learn its history, or to get from 30th Street to 16th Street in style,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett.
It’s a roughly 1.5-mile, 15 ft wide multi-use trail that incorporates mini-plazas throughout. One of the major goals of the promenade is to pay homage to the history, culture, and traditions of its surroundings through a total of seven nodes along the trail — all with different themes that provide historical storytelling devices, public art, and amenities.
This new promenade became a reality thanks to community partners and Riverside resident and advocate, Phyllis Hackett.
The next major addition to Riverside Park will be a new Adventure Park, which is expected to begin construction later this year.