The White River, a major tributary of the Wabash River, flows through Indianapolis, Noblesville and Fishers, and other surrounding communities, as it meanders from east to west across Indiana. In recent years, the region around the state capital has experienced a renaissance. Development in local downtowns and other districts is accelerating, arts and cultural institutions are expanding their visions, and investments in parks and open spaces have contributed to a flourishing public realm and quality of life. The White River is the next frontier. Long invisible, the river is awakening from a period of underutilization and ecological degradation. Agency has been engaged by a multi-county partnership to lead an interdisciplinary team to examine the complex and interconnected issues of human activity and ecological systems along the White River corridor.
The project, which will run from Spring 2018 to Summer 2019, includes a deep analysis of the area’s existing conditions, including studies of the region’s cultural and natural history, ecology and hydrology, development potential, governance, activation opportunities, and open space system. Using this investigation as a foundation, the team will develop a comprehensive and transformative vision for the region including a roadmap for implementing the plan recommendations. Engagement of key stakeholders, technical experts and public constituents was facilitated throughout the process to both inform the plan recommendations and build allies for the plan as it moves into implementation.Project Images