It was 12 years in the making, but the time had finally come. The much anticipated Indianapolis Cultural Trail opened Friday, May 10, 2013. The project’s official name is “Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick.”
To celebration this long-anticipated milestone, organizers issued an open invitation to the public to attend the “Get Down On It” weekend celebration, which commenced with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at City Market near Market and Alabama streets on Friday at 3:45 p.m. And from what we saw, the public responded.
The ceremony included U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, together with Mayor Greg Ballard, U.S. Congressman André Carson, Central Indiana Community Foundation President Brian Payne, Philanthropist Marianne Glick and Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc. Executive Director Kären Hale. Friday’s featured entertainment included a mural painted onto an IndyGo bus by Indianapolis-based art duo FabCrew, a live jazz composition performed by composer Becky Archibald and her 12-piece ensemble, and a poetry reading by Joseph [ALLEN] Woods, a local entrepreneur and artist.
The celebration resumed on resume on Saturday, May 11 at various points along the 8-mile trail from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Attendees had access to over 85 free events and things to do, including live musical performances, magic shows, a “Disco Parade,” a kids bike decorating contest, an exotic animal petting zoo, a tethered balloon rides, sidewalk chalk drawings, “Hip Hop Pictionary,” an outdoor, short film festival, a Carnival at Fountain Square, running and bike tours, food, drink and more. Local radio stations broadcasted from the trail, including WFYI Radio’s hosts Travis DiNicola and Sharon Gamble, who discussed the “trails and tribulations” of the Indianapolis art scene.
The program concluded around 4:30 p.m. with Bloomington-based Jefferson St. Band performing the weekend theme song, “Get Down On It,” by Kool and the Gang, and leading a parade to City Market’s east plaza for a beer garden hosted by Tomlinson Tap Room.
The 8-mile, meticulously crafted trail was made possible by the generosity of the philanthropic Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation, together with private donations in excess of $26 million and a federal matching grant in the amount of $20.5 million. In fact, not a single tax dollar went into the construction of the trail.
- Starts Friday at 3:45 p.m.
- Resumes Saturday, May 11, 2013