Spark City Market – Heart of the Community

Spark Heart of the Community is a placemaking effort for public spaces in downtown Indianapolis, supported by Southwest Airlines and Project for Public Spaces in partnership with Indianapolis City Market and the City of Indianapolis.

In 2016, Spark Placemaking partnered with City Market to plan and test ways to revitalize the market’s East Plaza into an active public space. In 2017, we implemented the insights and strategies we learned from 2016 as a long-term plan. We also continued our placemaking work on Monument Circle that began in 2015 by returning parklets and adding small-scale programming.

Spark Heart of the Community/City Sparket (2016)

From August to November of 2016, we experimented with various ways of activating the plazas of City Market and gathered information about the type of long-term activities residents and stakeholders want at City Market. This process included our biggest stakeholders, the general public, who ultimately decide the success of a public space. These months of research, data collection and experimental programming led to the long-term projects and new experiments for 2017.

Spark Heart of the Community/City Sparket (2017)

From May to October of 2017, we reinstalled the parklets at Monument Circle and continued our partnership with the City of Indianapolis, City Market, YMCA and many others to help the general public love the heart of Indianapolis even more. Thanks to the community’s input, in partnership with The City Market, we installed two bocce courts, a rain garden, added seating and tables, and created a mobile parklet at City Market’s East Plaza.

As part of this effort, we offer programming at the East Market and the Circle with free games and various activities that are community and artist led. We’ve had several successful events so far, including free outdoor fitness classes offered through the YMCA, live music and a book club. We hope to make the people of Indianapolis smile and hang out for awhile.

Check out a visual report of our data here.