Indy Parks is excited to announce their newest park, which features amenities for all ages and abilities. Rev. Charles R. Williams Park is located at 3242 Sutherland Avenue which sits adjacent to Fall Creek and has a connection to the Monon Trail!
The park’s namesake, Rev. Charles R. Williams, became the president of Indiana Black Expo Inc. (IBE) in 1980. Rev. Williams also founded the Circle City Classic, an annual Black collegiate football game with revenues exceeding $800,000 going towards scholarships for qualifying high school students across the state of Indiana since 1984. Until his death in July of 2004, he served as an effective voice and leader in the fight for the social and economic advancement of African Americans.
This new park honors the contributions and influence that Rev. Charles R. Williams had on our city and state. The 2.25-acre parcel was donated to Indy Parks in 2012 and was a concrete slab with a vacant industrial storage building on the site. In 2015, the master plan was completed and included expanding the park to become a 13.3-acre neighborhood park. In 2022, Indy Parks broke ground on construction, and one year later, there’s a brand-new completed park for the community to enjoy!
The new park now features playground equipment, horseshoe courts, a picnic shelter, an open lawn area, a small amphitheater to host community concerts, a perimeter loop trail, and a connection to the Monon Trail. Additionally, the playground features a universal express swing, rubberized surfaces in a variety of colors and patterns, a sensory cove, musical equipment, an arch basket swing, and much more. If you’re on the Monon Trail, this is a great spot to stop off to rest and play. We look forward to seeing and hearing about how this park will be an asset in bringing the community together. To learn more about upcoming construction projects around the city, programs and much more, visit parks.indy.gov.