Parks Chapter

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Parks Summary of Proposed Updates as of 4/1/2021

The following is a list of updates and revisions to the Fishers 2040 plan proposed during the 5-year update effort, based on the current draft document.

Major Changes

1. Priorities. The following topics for Parks were identified during the update process by the parks subcommittee and steering committee as important for future implementation. These are not listed in priority order.

  • Adaptive & Inclusive programming
  • Art & Culture promotion
  • Acquiring land for future park land and a potential community recreation facility, focused on multiple uses
  • Health & wellness promotion, including mental health through programming and education
  • Creating passive experiences such as public gardens & providing education on gardening
  • Continuing to expand the City’s trail network

2. New Actions

  • 1.2.5. Assess feasibility of a dog park.
  • 1.2.6. Identify opportunities for a tranquility park to promote mental health.
  • 1.3.1. Implement the capital improvement projects as outlined in the bicycle and pedestrian master plan.
    • 1.3.1A. Prioritize east and west trail connection to the Nickel Plate Trail.
    • 1.3.1B. Prioritize city-wide connections that create a trail loop of the overall Parks network.
    • 1.3.1C. Identify waterway connections between parks for kayak and canoeing opportunities.
  • 2.1.2. Acquire additional land for future parks that can be easily designed and developed to include a variety of both active and passive uses.
    • 2.1.2A. Inventory where private neighborhood parks currently exist in North Central Fishers and pursue feasibility of acquiring park land to incorporate into the overall parks network.
    • 2.1.2B. Pursue acquisition of land off the Nickel Plate Trail for pocket park opportunities.
  • 3.2.4. Provide more opportunities for citizen involvement in environmental sustainability, such as providing for recycling at city events and around the community.
  • 4.1.1. Create and install a consistent and vibrant wayfinding signage design for use in all the parks and along all the greenways.
    • 4.1.1A. Establish a phasing plan and budget for wayfinding signage
    • 4.1.1B. Design a wayfinding signage system
  • 4.1.2. Create and install a park and greenways network map at all park locations to show the connections within the parks network. Consider cost savings opportunities such as in-house design and fabrication.
    • 4.1.2A. Integrate relevant technology into park maps and signage such as QR codes, digital counts, trail mileage and minutes of travel time.
  • 4.2.4. Determine need and potential locations for providing an indoor community recreation and events facility.
  • 4.2.5. Implement the priorities identified in the Fishers Art & Culture Master Plan in coordination with park design use and programming.
    • 4.2.5A. Identify and promote available spaces for the performing arts community to rent or utilize.
    • 4.2.5B. Establish a City grant program under the Arts & Culture Commission to provide funding opportunities to the arts community.
    • 4.2.5C. Pursue programming of multi-cultural events including music, food, etc.

Minor Changes

Page Change Type Description
All Text update – title Title changed from “Parks and Open Space” to simply “Parks”
65 Text update – Park Classification Entire page replaced previous definitions
67 Map and Table Update – Public Parks Parks classified and new parks added. Amenities updated.
72-77 Text Updates – Actions Action items were revised to indicate status, remove duplicates, 
and clarify intent.
Several new or revised actions have been added.
79 Text update Existing parkland acreage updates (see red text)
81 Map update – Park acreage per quadrant Map updated with current park areas per quadrant
82 Map update – land acquisition areas New parks added to map since 2015
83 Map update – Primary Bike / Pedestrian Will be updated to match transportation chapter
84 Map update – park designs Map and list updated to reflect current conditions