Tarkington Park shapes this neighborhood. It is a literal example of how neighbors from diverse backgrounds come together with basic, common interests; to live, to learn, to play. In an area striving to create an inclusive community, this convergence isn't just nice, it's necessary.
“I call the park the United Nations. I call it the UN because a black family or an Asian family or a white family can see each other there. At a different place, they may not speak to each other, but when you see your children play together, you begin to talk and that makes things better.” Leodis Moore, Owner/Operator of Cheatham & Moore Barbershop, located across from Tarkington Park since 1980
Tarkington Park is a place of unity, a United Nations of neighborhood blocks where kids bring families together, turning strangers into neighbors. It is activities, programs, and maintained playscapes that keep neighbors coming back. Community partners Midtown Indy, Indianapolis Parks Foundation, the MLK Center, and MFCDC are joining together with Indy Parks to create a park where neighbors thrive.
WE NEED YOUR HELP to keep this public city park a place for all generations to play TOGETHER so future generations can learn to do the same. With year-round programming and maintenance, Tarkington Park will become a place that exemplifies the Power of Public Spaces.
In a testament to the importance of Tarkington Park and the vision for its future; Butler University has committed to match every dollar donated up to $35,000! Please donate NOW.
Examples of how your donation directly helps:
$25 buys two kids park-themed metal tumblers to reduce park's single-use plastic waste
$50 gives a family of five access to health and wellness classes throughout the summer
$100 covers the cost of obtaining a city park special event permit for shows and fests
$500 brings a local band or new movie to the performance shelter for a summer show
$1,000 provides interactive, family-oriented outdoor art and game experiences
$5,000 repairs a year's worth of divots in and distress to the multiuse field's grass turf
$10,000 pays for a complete season of programs ranging from string-quartets and artist-led placemaking to educational series such as garden workshops and healthy cooking classes.