“Once again, I get to stand in the middle of one of our most amazing parks and announce yet another great project with another great partnership for us at Indy Parks,” said Linda Broadfoot, Director of Indy Parks.
But, this project is unlike any they’ve done before.
“The Colts and Riverside Park and the community have something to look forward to with the Play 60 Colts Challenge Course, the first fitness park of its kind in the Midwest,” Broadfoot said.
They broke ground on Wednesday and when it’s completed this fall, the Colts Fitness Park will be a fun new way for kids to get out and be active for 60 minutes a day. And it’s not just for kids – there’s an adult course too.
Colts Vice Chair and Owner Kalen Jackson (formerly Irsay) said the Colts have a vision to make Indiana a healthier place for both children and their families. And this project will help make that a reality.
“That was important to us too because the whole family wellness and understanding what that is and growing up and learning about what this is from your parents and then learning about what this is for themselves. And really being something that’s part of your daily life.”
The Colts Fitness Park is being funded by the Colts Foundation and the NFL Foundation. And Colts fans also played a part – a big part.
“It really truly is Colts Nation that helped make this possible from our 50-50 program at the games. I know a lot of people do it because it’s a fun idea, but really, they’re not just doing it for the chance to win money themselves. They’re donating back to their community and this is what comes from that,” Jackson said.
Last fall, the Colts put in a Play 60 room inside the Family Recreation Center at Riverside Park.
Sydnee Pate-Sansbury plays basketball and attends summer day camp at Riverside. She said the indoor project has had a significant impact on their community. And she thinks the outdoor project will even more so.
“By bringing the new playground, kids around the city will be able to have the chance to get outside and enjoy the weather and have fun on a day they don’t have anything to do, which will reduce the violence in the streets.”
The Colts continue to transform Indiana one project at a time.
“We’re always trying to find new ways to give back to the community in any way we can,” said Jackson. “It’s not about us. It’s about our city and our community and our fans. And that’s in everything that we do.”
Riverside Park is one of the largest municipal parks in the country. Mayor Hogsett called it a treasure for the community and the city.
“This is a great day for Indianapolis. It’s a great day for Riverside. It’s a great day for this neighborhood. But as important as all of that may be, it’s a great day for our kids.”