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IPL sponsors 15th annual IPL Mayor's Lunch for Parks


Posted on 3/15/2017

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Written by: Claire Brumback, Public Affairs Intern

Indianapolis Power and Light Company (IPL) was proud to be the title sponsor of the 15th annual IPL Mayor’s Lunch for Parks, hosted by the Indianapolis Parks Foundation and Mayor Joe Hogsett  on March 15. This luncheon celebrated the Parks Foundation’s 25 years of service.

 

IPL President & CEO Rafael Sanchez gave opening remarks, highlighting what was happening in the world 15 years ago when the first Mayor’s Lunch for Parks was held (like Monica and Chandler getting married on Friends and Brittney Spears and Justin Timberlake being Hollywood’s power couple), illustrating the fact that a lot can change in that amount of time.

In 25 years, the Parks Foundation has transformed nearly 282 acres of park land. In the last 12 years, the foundation has built 16 playgrounds, 14 water spray grounds, 22 permanent restrooms, 16 basketball courts and 63 tennis courts, adding to the nearly $50 million investment in Indianapolis parks over the last 25 years.

 

With the help of over 2,000 volunteers last year, the Parks Foundation put together playgrounds, cleared trails, enhanced greenspaces, created neighborhood family centers and offered free swim lessons and youth basketball leagues. The organization also partners with Indy Urban Acres and Eskenazi Health to assure residents of Indianapolis have access to fresh food that can be grown in neighborhood parks and greenspaces.

Mayor Hogsett was the keynote speaker for the event. He emphasized the importance that parks and public spaces have on the quality of life of the city’s residents. Last year, the city-county council increased the city’s investment in Indianapolis’ park system. To reiterate this importance, Hogsett said, “An investment in our parks is an investment in the city of Indianapolis.”

Looking to the next 25 years, the foundation hopes to add more parks and play areas around downtown, specifically along the canal, as well as trails and greenspaces. Last year this event set a donation record for the most money raised since its beginning, and the organization hopes this year will be even better than the last.


 
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