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Hogsett announces $190M proposal to improve parks, public facilities

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Posted at 2:37 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 15:28:45-05

INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Joe Hogsett proposed Monday a $190 million investment to public agencies and facilities across Indianapolis.

The proposal, called Circle City Forward, is designed to not only upgrade parks and facilities in Indianapolis, but also jumpstart the local economy.

The proposal will be formally introduced at Monday night’s City-County Council meeting.

Hogsett made the announcement at Frederick Douglass Park, where a new $20 million family center is planned.

“One hundred years ago, this park was built as the first park to serve Black Indianapolis residents during segregation,” Hogsett said Monday. “It has stood as a beacon of resilience and community ever since.”

The park will celebrate its centennial this summer.

Other planned projects include:

  • $11 million to Riverside Park
  • $7 million to Krannert Park
  • $7 million to Grassy Creek Park
  • $30 million for a new forensics lab
  • $40 million for a Youth and Family Services center – replacing the current juvenile center at Keystone Avenue and 25th Street
  • $16 million on a new coroner facility
  • $7.5 million on a new fire station to replace firehouse in Broad Ripple
  • $18 million new building Animal Care Services center
  • $9 million solid waste garage, replacing a 70-year-old facility

The proposal will be financed by offsetting the expiring Pension Relief Fund property tax levy with the County Cumulative Capital Development Fund tax levy. This is available after the 2005 Pension Relief bonds are paid off in 2021.