See Downtown’s Public Open Spaces

“It’s not about the destination, it’s the journey that counts,” said someone famous. With the Indianapolis Cultural Trail connecting 3 of downtown Indianapolis’ unique PUBLIC spaces, we like to think it’s the journey and the destination that make our city unique. Go, enjoy!

Indianapolis Cultural Trail Connection

Use the Trail to see the network of downtown Indy’s dynamic public spaces:
  1. Lugar Plaza
  2. Downtown Canal Walk
  3. Georgia Street

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1. Lugar Plaza

Find it: Along Washington Street between Delaware and Alabama Street, across the street from downtown Indy’s Julia M. Carson Transit Center.

How to get there: Already downtown, it’s a short walk or bike-ride away! Take a bus to downtown Indy’s Julia M. Carson Transit Center or ride Pacers Bikeshare to the station at the corner of Deleware and Washington Street. Driving? There is metered street parking available on the surrounding block.

While you’re there: 

  • Starting in May 2023, bring your dog and enjoy the PAWP-UP Pup Park from dawn to dusk.
  • Pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawn.
  • Let the kids splash in the splash pad – you can play too as long as you’re nice.
  • Find the swings and let them rock you.
  • Learn about art and history.
  • BYO bocce ball set.
  • Read a magazine.
  • Look UP – you have a great view of lots of interesting architecture.
  • Enjoy the shared space in your community.

2. Downtown Canal

Find it: Senate Street & Walnut Street along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail

How to get there: Already downtown? Ride, walk, or bike! Driving? There is metered street parking available on surrounding streets, and an IndyGo line with stops a few blocks away.

While you’re there: 

  • Grab Pacers Bikeshare or BYOBike and see it all.
  • Enjoy the Colts Canal Playspace – downtown’s largest and newest playground.
  • Find a place to lay out a blanket and enjoy a book, magazine, or board game.
  • Use it as a route to visit some of Indy’s historical places and cultural institutions.
  • Lace-up your sneakers and run! It’s ~3 miles or a 5k roundtrip.
  • Enjoy this beautiful community asset.

3. Georgia Street

Find it: Connects to the Cultural Trail on Capitol Avenue and spans Georgia Street from Capitol Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue

How to get there:  Driving? There are a few nearby parking garages for Circle Center Mall that are very convenient for Georgia Street Access.  There is street parking available on surrounding streets, and an IndyGo bus stop only a few blocks away.

While you’re there: 

  • Visit one of the restaurants lining the street.
  • Sit down on a bench and look up – lots of great architecture here.
  • Grab a friend, a drink, and catch-up on life.
  • Walk to your favorite event at Lucas Oil, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, or Convention Center.
  • Learn about Hoosiers who have made a mark on history.
  • Explore this urban walkway, created when Indy hosted the SuperBowl in 2012.

Considering a special use for any of these spaces?

If you’re planning on having more than 50 people in your group, please submit an initial inquiry form. We will follow up with additional details on formal reservation of the space within two (2) business days. All spaces are following public health guidelines as outlined by the Indiana Department of Health regarding COVID-19.

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