Tarkington Park, Butler-Tarkington

Redevelopment and Expansion of Tarkington Park

Tarkington Park is a cherished Indianapolis landmark, located between 39th and 40th streets, and between Illinois and Meridian streets in the heart of Midtown. 

Completion of the $6,000,000 Phase 1 Tarkington Park project in 2016 was the result of a collaborative effort to spur area redevelopment, new investment, and improved public greenspace. The park upgrades are an example of how Midtown Indy works with diverse constituencies to achieve desired community outcomes.

This urban green space is part of the Indy Parks system and is overseen by the Parks Alliance of Indianapolis. Midtown Indy remains one of the many partners responsible for upkeep, maintenance, and programming of Tarkington Park.

Midtown’s involvement began in 2007 when we began hosting public meetings about the future of the area and addressing some of the needs and wants of residents. This park is special. It’s one that is precious to thousands of people, old and young — many of whom have decades worth of memories made at the park.

There is much to celebrate about the redevelopment of Tarkington Park and we’re proud to have a hand in its continued progress. Since 2019, Tea’s Me Community Café has brought much-needed gathering space for food and fun. In addition to breakfast and lunch, the café serves family-focused programming in the park.

Midtown Indy will continue to work with our programming partners to host events such as Movie Night and the Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, catalyzing creative placemaking and engagement of businesses all along Illinois, 38th and Meridian streets.

While much has been accomplished, achieving the long-term vision for Tarkington Park will require additional resources.

Phase 1 accomplishments:

  • Children’s Play Area
  • Basketball Courts
  • Tennis Courts
  • Splash Plaza
  • Café and restrooms
  • Performance shelter
  • Improved intersection at 40th & Meridian Streets

Phase 2 goals:

  • Bocce ball
  • Farmer’s market venue
  • New walking paths
  • New lighting and landscaping
  • Picnic shelters
  • Improved street crossings
  • Great lawn for field sports

Additional information about Tarkington Park

Park Anchors Maple Crossing, Great Places 2020 Initiative

This project was the first element in a comprehensive redevelopment strategy for a half-mile square area at 38th and Illinois streets called Maple Crossing. Tarkington Park is a destination urban park in an area that serves over a dozen diverse neighborhoods. Learn more about the Great Places initiative and Maple Crossing.

Play Area

Phase 1 Concept

Splash Pad

Cafe Rendering

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