In 1909, Landscape Architect George Kessler prepared a master plan for the City of Indianapolis. Willard Park was a major component of this plan for Indianapolis’s Park and Greenway System. Over many years Willard Park has served a variety of different users. This Mast Plan was initiated at the request of the neighborhood, to consider possible improvements to revitalize the park and, in turn, the neighborhood. Willard Park, on Indianapolis’s Near Eastside, is classified as a Neighborhood Park. Willard Park lies one mile east of downtown on Washington Street, also known as the Old National Road.