Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

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Established in 1961, Martin Luther King Jr. Park sits on nearly 14 acres on the near north side. The park is named after civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was was instrumental in the adoption of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. The south end of the park features the Landmark for Peace memorial of King and Robert Kennedy, who in 1968 gave a historic address informing Indianapolis residents that King had been assassinated in Memphis Tennessee.

MLK Park has a swimming pool, playground equipment, tennis courts, softball diamonds, shelters, horse shoes, and basketball courts. The Kennedy King Park Center is located just south of the Landmark for Peace memorial. The center hosts Indy Parks staff and an exhibit room dedicated to Dr. King and the history of the Civil Rights Movement in partnership with the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative.

Kennedy King

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Dating back to the 1800s, Kennedy King is a historic and culturally significant area located just north of downtown Indianapolis. It was in this neighborhood that Robert F. Kennedy delivered a famous speech on April 4, 1968, announcing the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Landmark for Peace Memorial, a sculpture depicting Kennedy and King reaching out to each other, commemorates this event and stands as a symbol of unity and peace.

Locals love to grab coffee or a cocktail at PROVIDER; enjoy burgers, shakes, and the outdoor play space at Baby's; bask in the sunshine at Craig Kids Memorial and MLK Parks; and mark special occasions with dinner at Indy favorite Tinker Street.

Rich in architectural history, Kennedy-King is one of Indianapolis’ fastest growing urban neighborhoods, offering a quiet and unique enclave within the bustling vibrancy of Indianapolis.

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