Groups working to make the White River into a destination spot

City-County leaders are looking to the White River riverfront for development as a future hot spot (WTHR Photo/Mary Milz)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Multiple groups are working to make the White River a destination spot.

If you drove past White River State Park Saturday, you might have noticed teams of racers sailing across the water during the Dragon Boat Race.

The race represents just a small part of what supporters hope the river can become. In fact, they already have big plans to make sure events like this become more common.

"We're really looking at how the river can be ecologically healthy, economically vibrant and culturally vibrant, and really serve as a destination for central Indiana," said Emily Mack with the Department of Metropolitan Development.

The Vision Plan Project started in May and will take about a year to develop. It includes a 58 mile stretch from southern Marion County into Hamilton County.

If you live near the White River or want a say in the plan, there's a survey available online that lets you tell the planning group more about what you think of how they currently use the river and what their goals should be for future use.

The next round of public meetings will be held the week of October 23. Locations and exact dates haven't been announced yet, but you can stayed tuned to for the latest information.