White River State Park is one of seven designated cultural districts in Indianapolis, Indiana and covers 250 acres (1 km2) on the western edge of the downtown area.
The park includes attractions such as the Indiana State Museum and IMAX Theater
, the Indianapolis Zoo
and White River Gardens, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
, the NCAA Headquarters and Hall of Champions, the Medal of Honor Memorial, Victory Field (home of Indianapolis Indians baseball), Military Park, the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn Concert Series, and the Indiana Cross Country Arena.
Restoration on this area began in the late 1980s, when public attention fell on the Indiana Central Canal. The canal was originally engineered in the 1830s as a way to ship goods through the state of Indiana, but the project went bankrupt and the Indianapolis section of the canal was the only section that was ever dug. Although the canal was never used for its intended purpose, recent restoration and development has allowed the area to function as a cultural center within the city.