June 7, 2021

New Digital Project Takes a Look Back at Indy Parks

Brookside Park Soap Box Derby, 1975 - Digital Indy.Org

Brookside Park Soap Box Derby, 1975

Digital Indy.Org

City officials are celebrating the newest addition to the Indianapolis Public Library's Digital Indy archive.

The Indy Parks and Recreation Digital Collection includes the founding of some of the city’s most notable and historic public assets including Garfield Park, Riverside Park, Holliday Park and many others.

Indy Parks spokesperson Ronnetta Spalding said the collection offers a unique visual record of the history of the city.

“What that collection is –an amazing showcase of more than 16,000 photos, videos, historical documents that gives us a view of what Indy Parks has looked like over the years,” Spaulding said.

Spaulding said the collection has been preserved and made available in part due to long-time parks employee Rupert Daily who recorded, saved and organized thousands of photo negatives and slides from his 48 years with the parks department.

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