December 8, 2021

Construction underway on 70-acre waterfront park in Fishers

The Geist Waterfront Park is located on the last-remaining undeveloped parcel along the 1,900-acre Geist Reservoir

The Geist Waterfront Park is located on the last-remaining undeveloped parcel along the 1,900-acre Geist Reservoir

The Geist Waterfront Park is located on the last-remaining undeveloped parcel along the 1,900-acre Geist Reservoir.

Officials broke ground in May.

Sarah Sandquist, Director of Fishers Parks, said the park will be constructed in phases, with a full completion date set for 2040.

“This first phase features the majority of the amenities for the park, so an expansive beach, walking trails, open green space and motorized boat launch, a launch for canoes and kayaks,” Sandquist said.

A cove was recently drained 20 feet to construct the beach and swimming area. The cove will be refilled early next year.

The projected budget for Phase 1 is approximately $15 million.

“The Geist area is one of Fishers’ most distinct assets and this park sets forth a momentum for the long-term sustainability of Geist Reservoir, its residents and our community at large,'' Mayor Scott Fadness said.

The city of Fishers purchased the land in 2018. The park will provide the only public access to the reservoir once it is completed.

“We didn’t have any public access to it prior to this park. Unless you owned a boat or lived on the reservoir, there isn’t any access currently,” Sandquist said.

The first phase of the park is expected to open in 2023.

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