Indianapolis has come a long way. Known in past decades largely for its racetrack, this once sleepy town fittingly nicknamed “Naptown” is now a bustling metropolis. Well, maybe not so bustling at the moment.
After the impact of COVID, downtown Indy turned into a shadow of its former self. But we’re closer to warmer weather and the light at the end of what’s become a very long tunnel. As we slowly but surely return to some partial sense of normalcy, we encourage you to visit and revitalize our beautiful city. Local businesses need your support. Our restaurants and related hospitality merchants are struggling and NEED OUR SUPPORT!
There’s plenty of fun stuff coming up around the corner. This year, we’re blessed to make history as the first state to host the entirety of the March Madness men’s basketball tournament. A local health provider is partnering with the NCAA to facilitate COVID testing and maintain a safe, controlled environment for players, coaching staffs, administrators and officials. The NCAA is also working to promote health and safety with the “Mask Madness” initiative, which will include the distribution of thousands of masks throughout the state in the time leading up to the tournament.
As we get further into spring and summer, consider the wealth of outdoor activities the city has to offer. Take a trip to the zoo and marvel at the wondrous wildlife. Enjoy a nice stroll or take in a concert at White River State Park. Or visit Crown Hill Cemetery, the largest urban greenspace inside the beltway. While you’re there, you can stop by John Dillinger’s grave, hike to the top of Crown Hill or break out your binoculars to get a closer view of the gorgeous flora and fauna surrounding the cemetery.
The level of citizen and consumer activity in any given city makes an impression on businesses old and new, as well as visitors to our community. It determines which ones stick around and which ones decide to plant themselves elsewhere.
Of course, we all need to stay safe, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a fun time out on the town! Mark your to-do list with a reminder to visit downtown Indy. Let’s keep our city from becoming a sleepy place again. Come on downtown and make it thrive!