Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Broad Ripple Village

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Broad Ripple Village

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The village voice

Broad Ripple Village might have the most diverse history of any area in Indy. The village was once home to a gristmill, amusement park, jail, ice houses and more.

But, the village really began two centuries ago when a man named Jacob Coil moved from Virginia to the area in Indy with his wife and children in 1855. Me began a settlement by surveying 48 plots of land, creating Broad Ripple. According to the History of Indianapolis, he gave it that name because "the ripple in the river at this point was the largest and widest in the country."

Although Coil settled in the area because of its proximity to the canal, that decision later proved disastrous. Broad Ripple was prone to flooding every year, with a flood in 1913 keeping the town submerged underwater for almost three days.

Today, the area is known for its creativity and bustling art scene. The Broad Ripple Art Fair in May draws more than 25,000 people to the area every year. With the many murals, sculptures, artwork and historic buildings, art lovers may find Indy an oasis.


Art Attack

For the true art lover, the Indianapolis Art Center should be the first stop. It supports an arts organization that strives to make art accessible to all people. In 2005, the ARTSPARK was added to the art center, creating a place where nature and art come together. Visitors can view sculptures such as the 100-ton limestone Confluence, admire artist's work as they depict a scene, or even follow a sensory path through the park. …

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