This past Saturday, June 1st, Tarkington Park hosted its first ever Tarkington Park Fest . And oh what a festival it was! Starting with the car show and ending with the Spiderman movie in the park, the basketball, tennis, football, yoga, food truck, art, games, bikes, splashpad, playscape, performance, vendor, ice cream filled Fest was a HUGE success! When we say huge we're talking nearly 6,000 people signed up with that many, if not more, attendees throughout the day. This was a Midtown Indy-driven, neighbor-powered Fest made possible by some of our area's most community minded organizations, and it will definitely be back in 2020 ! Parts of the Fest are highlighted in the Instagram- and Facebook-collected pictures below with more to come thanks to Fest video and photo coverage by KI NuMedia .
Though the Fest has come and gone, the excitement in the park will remain thanks to support from a new collaborative programming model . This first-of-its-kind-in-Indianapolis model keeps the park in the hand s of Indy Parks & Recreation while allowing park programming, like the Fest, to remain hyper-local. The Indianapolis Parks Foundation , Midtown Indy , and the MLK Center are Tarkington Park's program implementation partners, and we're all very excited to play this new role!

What's also here to stay is food in the cafe ! BRICS ice cream premiered their Tarkington Park location Saturday, and given the lines out the door, we think they're quite a good fit. BRICS is now open daily from 9am - 9pm throughout the summer and into fall. While BRICS will remain the park's 2019 anchor vendor, we're seeking local vendors interested in adding a featured item or two of their own to the cafe menu. If interested, email us:
We're also seeking further suggestions for the area greatriarchs project . What's a greatriarch? A greatriarch is a member of the community who has helped write the story of the neighborhood. This could be someone who helped raise the kids of the neighborhood, someone who pastors a church, has lived here for a long time, or--as in the case of Harriette Bailey Conn--someone who was a civil rights and legal profession trailblazer. Harriette was our featured introductory greatriarch as the Harrison Center 's Abi Ogle painted her 4x6 foot portrait live during the Fest (painting below).
This first of many Fests and programs to come was an all around success, and we couldn't be happier! Special thanks to : TPF Planning Committee Members and Contributing Neighbors, Indy Parks & Rec , Indianapolis Parks Foundation , MLK Center Butler University , INHP , Chapman Heating & Air , The Lavengood Team at Plat Collective Realty , Flanner Buchanan , Elizabeth Marshall State Farm , The National Bank of Indianapolis , LISC , Ann M. Stack, Newfields , Jeff Kolp State Farm , The City League , BRICS , Indy Steelers , Nine13sports , Haven Yoga , KI NuMedia , Studio 77 , our performers, and all those who contributed to our online fundraising campaign!
Check out the event Facebook gallery for a whole bunch more, and stay tuned for more pictures to come thanks to KI NuMedia's photo- and videography throughout the Fest!

ps: Attended the Fest but didn't get a TPF 2019 shirt ? Email, call, or stop by our office to pick one up for only $5 a piece or 3 for $10!!, (317) 600-3141

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