What would a nice gateway to Nora look like? With your help, we will work with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to answer that question.
The Keystone Avenue Bridge at 86th Street, currently under construction, serves as a gateway to the Nora community. However, the bridge, exit ramps, and surrounding land have been neglected for years, collecting trash, invasive plants, and the occasional homeless person camping out in the overgrown wooded areas. With the construction of the Keystone Bridge, we have an opportunity to give this area a facelift.
- to engage the Nora community in proactive planning with the assistance of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
- to help address the homeless population that are living in this area from time to time
- to meet the community wants and needs with a design based on community input
- to determine what gets put in place in areas that have already been cleared by the construction process
- to determine how to maintain wildlife / greenspace as desired by the community
- to determine a tree maintenance plan so newly planted trees are maintained and thrive after construction crew is gone (these do not otherwise have a maintenance plan, and trees often die after the construction phase)
- to work with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to help in the planning and design phase, and then in seeking funding to implement the plan
The goal for the July meeting is for a designer to capture what is important to the community at this space so a design can be created. The goal for the August meeting is for the designer to come back with a rough drawing capturing feedback from July and gather final feedback before getting a solid plan to go forth with.
Dates and times for the meetings are still being determined. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about the project. Stay tuned for more information!
We learned this week that the College Avenue Trail in Nora has been funded as part of the RebuildIndy 2 projects. While the project was originally approved, it lost its funding and was cancelled last winter. Recent funding was acquired and the project was again added to the list of approved projects announced last week.
The project will provide a safe pedestrian off-street trail along this often congested section of College Ave. that has no sidewalks or shoulder.
RebuildIndy is Mayor Greg Ballard’s initiative to restore deteriorating streets, sidewalks and bridges as well as address neighborhood drainage and flooding issues. This investment continues to transform neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis.
Getting an off-street pedestrian trail or new sidewalks in a community can take years of hard work. Indeed, for the past 3- to 4- years several people in Nora have been advocating for an off-street trail along College Avenue between 86th Street and 91st Street. Some of the people involved in spearheading the trail include George Robinson, former athletic director at First Baptist Church, Barry Wood, and members of Hope Church. It serves as an example of what community pro-active planning can achieve.
Early details on the project are provided by Benjamin Easley, Public Information Officer / Department of Public Works:
- This project will indeed be bid for construction in July and completely built by the end of the year.
- The College Avenue Trail will be an off-street asphalt trail similar to the one on 91stStreet. The trail on 91st Street narrows down to a sidewalk at 91st/College
- There will be a crosswalk connection at the signal at 91st/College.
- The College Ave trail will be on the west side of the road.
- There will be pedestrian signals at 86th/College as well as 91st/College.
Thanks to ReBuildIndy, DPW, and all the people involved in making this trail happen.
What would it look like?
Indy Parks Begins 5-Yr Master Planning: Washington Township
On March 4th, 2015, Indy Parks kicked off their master planning process for Washington Township. While the master plan will be for the entire city, their approach will be to look at each township individually.
Now is the time to get involved in the process for Washington Township!
Indy Parks Master Plan
The parks department evaluates the path their extensive park system will take every five years. The goal of this project is to engage the community, leadership and stakeholders in a meaningful and innovative public input process to build a shared vision for parks and recreation that supports the economic and community goals of the City of Indianapolis. PROS Consulting is a nationally recognized firm, headquartered in Indianapolis and will lead Indy Parks to a great sustainable plan to move forward.
The duration of the project from start to finish is 10 months with an anticipated completion date by December 2015.
This is a community-input driven process and the outcome and future recommendations will be driven by the needs and vision articulated by the community members.
Through the ‘Participate’ section on the Plan Indy Parks website – www.planindyparks.com, you can provide open ended suggestions, respond to the online survey, know the dates for open public meetings and even share feedback through social media on Facebook and Twitter.
- The importance of teamwork and fair play
- Respect for others
- Being a gracious winner or loser
- Conflict resolution
- Taking responsibility for one’s own actions