May 17, 2021

Indy Parks Announces Updated Racial Equity Policy

The pool at Garfield Park in Indianapolis. - Courtesy of Indy Parks

The pool at Garfield Park in Indianapolis.

Courtesy of Indy Parks

Indy Parks is working to make its sites more welcoming. The agency released a new Racial Equity Statement recently after conducting internal evaluations, staff surveys and listening sessions. Changes include anti-racist and implicit bias training for leadership and employees.

"We have also identified several other training opportunities for our staff and have been committed to getting staff trained,” Deputy Director of Operations and Programs Kimberly Campbell said. “As far as our recruitment and efforts, we are working closely with our HR department, and we are actively seeking out new opportunities for trying to identify ways we can advertise our job postings to diverse communities.”

Park visitors have options for reporting incidents which violate IndyParks’ equity policy.

“Each of our parks has a management team assigned to it. So, there is always someone that you can reach out to by phone or email,” Campbell said. “You could also call our customer service center; you can expect a response from staff within 24 to 48 hours.”

Indy Parks says it will continue to fund annual scholarships for day camps and swim lessons while monitoring each park’s neighborhood needs.     

 

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