With decades of dreaming and years of planning, a major transformation is in the works at Riverside Park, and we\u2019re excited to finally welcome you inside. This month, we\u2019ll open the gates at Taggart Memorial Amphitheatre. We have envisioned it as a place where community members can come together to experience live performances in their neighborhood. Shakespeare in the Park It will be the new home of Indy Shakes, our city\u2019s only professional \u201cShakespeare in the Park\u201d company. They\u2019ll take the stage for six performances this summer, beginning July 22. The amphitheater\u2019s inaugural concert season kicks off on August 5. Over the following two months, fans can enjoy nearly a dozen live shows and movie screenings in the venue. Renovating the Memorial and Creating the Amphitheater The amphitheater is anchored to a memorial, built in 1931 to honor former Indianapolis mayor, Thomas Taggart. In the past several years, the memorial\u2019s historic limestone arches have started to deteriorate with age. We knew that in order to create something special in this park, we had to bring the memorial back to its former glory. Renovating the memorial and creating the amphitheater was a huge undertaking that would not have been possible without the help of a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. In 2018, the Parks Alliance of Indianapolis led the charge in applying for a grant through Lilly Endowment\u2019s initiative, Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation. We collaborated with Indy Shakes and Indiana Landmarks in applying for the grant. As part of the grant proposal process, we had to prove that this project would improve this community\u2019s quality of life and benefit all those who live, work and play in Indianapolis. Riversides Parks Future Plans We\u2019re continuing to work alongside the Riverside community and partners to create a new future to the park. One that brings out the love of arts, music, and culture that west side neighbors are known for. The Riverside Regional Park Master Plan is full of plans that will make the park more accessible and enjoyable for all community members. I hope to see you out enjoying the opening season at Taggart Memorial Amphitheatre and all the changes to come at Riverside Park!