What's there to do at the park?

Belmont Beach is a small pop-up park, but we’ve packed it full of different activities. Built with salvaged materials by neighborhood volunteers, the pop-up park is a temporary testing ground to see what features the neighborhood would like to see in a permanent park in the future.

Sand "Beach" Area

While not actually on the river (the river is not clean enough to swim in yet!), a sandy beach area lets you relax and soak in the views of the White River.

Nature Play Area

Young or young at heart? Test your balance on a stump walk and play King of the Hill (or whatever else your mind imagines) on our sand dune (it’s really mulch, but lets pretend!).

Art Zone

Part of the White River Art Canoes program, a colorful canoe painted by a neighborhood artist is at the park. And, coming soon, a mobile trailer art gallery featuring local artwork will open, and sometimes you’ll even be able to catch an artist working!

Walking Paths

There is a small loop mulch trail in the park, and many people also wander down into the floodplain forest to explore.

Picnic Areas

There are three shaded picnic tables available for use.

Fire Pits

What river experience would be complete without a good bonfire? Fire pits are provided, but bring your own firewood!

Nature Rooms

We’ve carved three outdoor “rooms” out of the invasive honeysuckle that are the perfect size for a family or small group of friends to hang out.

Fountain

Part of the Indy Art and Seek program, river water flows in an artistic, solar-powered water fountain.

Fishing

The site has long been popular with fisherman. You will need a DNR license, and be aware of fish consumption advisories though if you plan on taking your catch home!

Know Before You Go
  • Hours: Open daily dawn to dusk
  • Getting There: The official address is 1350 N White River Pkwy W Drive, but Google maps best knows the site as 2020 N White River Pkwy W Drive. “Belmont Beach, Indianapolis, Indiana” also works. You can access the park on IndyGo Route 37 and bike lanes on White River Parkway.
  • Parking: Limited parking is available at the park. Additional parking is available across White River Parkway on Belmont Avenue. Use extreme caution when crossing White River Parkway as there is no formal crosswalk.
  • Restrooms and Water: Portable restrooms available. No drinking water available.
Park Reservations

Interested in using Belmont Beach for a family or community event? Belmont Beach is a privately-managed space, and all organized events and activities with more than 20 people must be approved by the resident managing committee. Events should maintain the family atmosphere of the park and have insurance and safety requirements. 

Park Rules and Advice

Open Dawn to Dusk
This park is open during daylight hours except for scheduled and approved events.

Use at Own Risk
Use of this park and adjacent natural areas comes with inherent risk of injury or death. We are not liable for such and you are assuming this risk by visiting or participating in activities on this site. In addition, we are not responsible for damage or theft to vehicles, bicycles, or any personal property.

Please Stay Off the Dam
The rocks in the river are remnants of a dam that collapsed. The rocks can be slippery and unstable, and the water flows fast with strong undercurrents that can trap you underwater.

Be Aware of Poor River Water Quality
Drinking the water, splashing water in the face, or full-body contact with the water such as swimming is not advised due to poor water quality. You may get sick doing these activities. We advise washing or sanitizing hands after any contact with the water.

Pets Welcome
Pets are welcome but must be on a leash and you are responsible for disposing of dog waste.

Very Dangerous Swimming
The river around the dam flows very fast, can be unexpectedly deep, and has dangerous currents that can trap you. Drownings have occurred here. Please be careful and keep children near you.

No Glass in Sand and Playground Areas
Please do not bring glass containers into the sandy or mulched playground areas.

Please No Littering or Dumping
Trash cans are provided for your convenience. Please help us keep the site clean and litter out of the river.

Reservations and Scheduled Events
You are welcome to use this park and its facilities for gatherings of friends and family that does not inhibit the ability of others to enjoy the park. All large gatherings of more than 20 people must be scheduled and approved by the resident managing committee. Get in touch with us at [email protected]

No Camping
Overnight camping is not permitted.

Video Surveillance
Portions of this park have video security cameras. These are here to keep you and the park property safe and are controlled by neighborhood partners. Any recordings will only be used in the event of criminal activity.