Hi Perry Township Neighbors,

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the neighborhood liaison survey.  I appreciate all the feedback and will continue to work hard serve you.  I wanted to share with you some things that are coming up in our great city.  I look forward to seeing you at some of these upcoming events.  Please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you.  Thanks!

 

 


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PERRY TOWNSHIP TRAFFIC LANE RESTRICTIONS

​4506 S Keystone Avenue (ROW15-00732)
There will be 1 traffic lane restricted February 13, through April 3, 2015 for installation of new gas lines.

​8005 Pickford Drive (ROW15-00798)
There will be 1 traffic lane restricted March 28, 2015 to plant trees along the median of Stop 11 Road betweenPickford Drive & Broadview Drive.

 

 

5330 E Stop 11 Road (ROW15-01202) (INDOT PROJECT R-37075-A)
There will be 1 traffic lane restricted March 18, through April 1, 2015 on E Stop 11 Road over I-65 for Bridge joint rehabilitation.

7140 S Emerson Avenue (ROW15-01216) (INDOT PROJECT R-37075-A)
There will be 1 traffic lane restricted March 25, through May 30, 2015 on S Emerson Avenue over I-65 for Bridge joint rehabilitation.

 

Indiana Photographic Society Presents "Window On The World" Photography Exhibition

Opening Reception on Saturday, April 4th from 5-7pm

Garfield Park Arts Center

Please click here for more information.


The April Great Indy Cleanup Event is right around the corner!

The 2015 Great Indy Cleanup season kicks off in April.  This is KIB’s largest event of the year, and we hope YOU will join the fun! Last April, 208 neighborhoods coordinated cleanups with the help of over 7,000 volunteers, collecting 557 tons of litter and illegal dumping, along with dozens of beautifications!  (Our event is on Saturday, April 25th.  Please click here for a flyer with more information.)  

There are THREE ways you can participate in the April Great Indy Cleanup Event:

  1. Coordinate a community cleanup: Find the date of your community cleanup, and complete the required request form to receive resources for your community cleanup.
  2. Volunteer: Join a cleanup already in progress as an individual or a group to help a neighborhood with their cleanup. Visit KIB’s Project Calendar to sign-up.
  3. See Litter? Take a photo then pick it up! When picking up litter in your neighborhood, be sure to post a photo on #Instagram and help us fill a digital dumpster! Those who post with the hashtag #EveryLitterBitHelps will be eligible to win a prize every day in April!  If you need trash bags and gloves, visit your neighborhood Indianapolis Public Library any day in April. Because Every Litter Bit Helps!

Contact Tammy Stevens at tstevens@kibi.org with any questions.


 

Recycle Old Electronics - This Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium

Please visit the south lot from 10am - 3pm and drop off items like computer components, home electronics, gaming systems, small office electronics and more.  Please see this flyer for more information.

 


 

Spring is the perfect time to explore downtown Indianapolis and give public transit a try. Indy will be hosting many events, like the Final Four, so IndyGo is promoting getting downtown on the bus to avoid traffic, parking nightmares and to enjoy what the city has to offer in spring. The promotion is simple, 10 trips for $10 during the month of April. At only $1 per trip, what do you have to lose? The 10 Trips promotional pass is available online only with the promo code “GetDowntown22” and will arrive at your door within four business days. Twitter: #GetDowntown this April!


For the latest news from the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District, please click here for their most recent newsletter.

 

INDY DESIGNATES 120 ACRES, PLANTS 11,000 TREES FOR WETLAND RESTORATION AT EAGLE CREEK PARK

Recently named a Top 10 City for Wildlife by the National Wildlife Federation, Indianapolis will designate 120 acres of land and plant 11,000 native trees for wetland restoration at Eagle Creek Park in the next two months. The project is coordinated by the City's Land Stewardship team, Department of Parks and Recreation, Office of Sustainability, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"Eagle Creek Park is home to both rare and common animals and plants," says Indy Parks Director John Williams. "This wetland restoration will restore what was once farmland to a natural area that will provide wildlife habitat for generations to come."

During the next two months, a project area at the southeast corner of Eagle Creek Park will be selectively cleared, planted with seedlings, and protected with a temporary fence. The fence will keep new tree and shrub seedlings safe from over-browsing animals for a period of three years. It will be constructed to leave a trail corridor for park visitors and wildlife to continue to pass through the area. This first phase of the project will be funded and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Several park trails will be temporarily rerouted while workers clear and plant the project area, located just north of 56th Street and west of I-465. Park visitors should look for detour signs on the Orange and Green trails. 

After the 3-year phase of vegetation control, the protective fence will be removed, and the longer process of ecological restoration will begin. The City's Land Stewardship team hopes that the recovery process will bring back a natural ecosystem called 'flatwoods' to the park. The ongoing project will provide additional breeding habitat for wildlife which have been on the decline throughout the eastern United States due to habitat loss. The restoration will also reduce stormwater discharge, leading to a decrease in downstream flooding and an increase in overall water quality.

The 120 acres of land dedicated to wetland restoration is in addition to approximately 620 acres already in management at Eagle Creek Park to maintain and restore native, natural features. The park's programs also include many environmental education opportunities at its Earth Discovery Center and Ornithology Center. 

Visit indy.gov/eaglecreek or call (317) 327-7148 to learn more about Eagle Creek Park educational programs and upcoming conservation opportunities, such as the Great Indy Cleanup at Eagle Creek Park on Saturday, April 11.

Have you ever wanted to be a basketball referee?

Well, now's your chance!  Please click here for more information.

CITY, LIBRARY, AND U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE PARTNER TO GROW BIRDING IN INDY

The City's Office of Sustainability is partnering with The Indianapolis Public Library and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to introduce Indy's kids and families to the fun of urban bird watching. Through the City's BirdIndy program, the Office of Sustainability is providing birding kits for educators, naturalists, youth leaders, and bird watching enthusiasts.

The kits include bird watching essentials such as binoculars, field guides, activity books, and Audubon bird calls. Kits for larger groups are also available and feature curriculum guides for students in preschool through fourth grade. Larger kits also feature materials for groups participating in service learning projects.

"Since Indy became an Urban Bird Treaty city in 2011, we've worked to expose more Indy residents, especially kids to birding," said Melody Park, Director of the City's Office of Sustainability. "Birding is becoming increasingly popular around the U.S., specifically among families, and the BirdIndy initiative is designed to make birding fun and accessible to families across Indy."

Birding kits will be available to rent at no cost at 6 locations in Indy including:

1. Central Library, The Indianapolis Public Library, 40 E. St Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN
2. Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center, 6515 Delong Road, Indianapolis, IN 46278
3. Glendale Branch, The Indianapolis Public Library, 6101 N. Keystone Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220
4. Irvington Branch, The Indianapolis Public Library, 5625 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219
5. Garfield Park Branch, The Indianapolis Public Library, 2505 E. Shelby Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203
6. Spades Park Branch, The Indianapolis Indianapolis Public Library, 1801 Nowland Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46201

Funding for the BirdIndy program is provided to the City through a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). In October 2011, Indy became one of the newest cities to sign the Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds. Upon signing, Indy was awarded a USFWS grant to promote city-wide initiatives which improve bird habitat, increase community awareness, and encourage the active stewardship of migratory birds by residents. Birds act as key indicators of environmental quality, foster a connection between residents and their environment, and contribute financially to local economies through outdoor recreational activities.

In 2013, the City launched the Indy Birding Trail. The trail is designed to guide residents and visitors to 35 of the City’s best areas for bird watching. Through the Indy Birding Trail, city parks, green spaces, and environmentally conscious institutions throughout the city are celebrated as havens for biodiversity within an urban setting. The Indy Birding Trail is supplemented by the BirdIndy website, mobile application and trail guide, which will be available online and at sites along the trail.

For more information about the City's BirdIndy program visit indy.gov/birdindy.

INDY NAMED A TOP 10 CITY FOR WILDLIFE IN 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has named Indy a top 10 city for wildlife in 2015. NWF made the announcement of America's most wildlife friendly cities as part of their celebration of National Wildlife Week 2015.

NWF ranked America’s largest cities based on three important criteria for wildlife – the percentage of parkland in each city, citizen action to create wildlife habitat, and school adoption of outdoor learning in wildlife gardens. Indy was recognized along with Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Charlotte, New York, Portland, Seattle, and Washington DC.

"America’s most wildlife-friendly cities are located in every corner of our nation from sea to shining sea," said Collin O’Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation. "The common thread between these cities is that citizens are coming together for a common purpose - to create a community where people and wildlife can thrive."

Indy boasts more than 900 Certified Wildlife Habitats, the 2nd most of any major city in the U.S. The City has a robust rain garden and native planting area program  to reduce runoff and provide urban habitat.

”The Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF) is excited to see that Indy has been named as one of the country’s Top 10 Cities for Wildlife in 2015," Steve Cecil, IWF President said. "Programs like IWF’s “What’s Wild in Your Backyard” point out that, with a little help,  everyone’s backyard, school grounds or pocket park can become a safe haven for healthy and diverse urban wildlife populations.”  

Indy is also an Urban Bird Treaty City  and provides habitat for migratory birds traveling the Mississippi Flyway. In 2013, the City launched the Indy Birding Trail . The trail is designed to guide residents and visitors to 35 of the City’s best areas for bird watching. Through the Indy Birding Trail, city parks, green spaces, and environmentally conscious institutions throughout the city are celebrated as havens for biodiversity within an urban setting. The Indy Birding Trail is supplemented by the BirdIndy website, mobile application and trail guide, which will be available online and at sites along the trail.

"Our partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allowed us to create the BirdIndy program," Melody Park, Director of the City's Office of Sustainability said. "BirdIndy helps to connect families with wildlife in an urban setting, and the program helps people to better understand the need to preserve and enhance the natural areas in our City that wildlife use as their habitat."

Indy's reputation as a wildlife friendly city is also bolstered by its well-respected Land Stewardship program. The City's Land Stewardship division restores and protects natural areas in Indy Parks properties and along the City's greenways to ensure that these areas are a sustainable resources for people and wildlife. Land Stewardship cares for more than 1,200 acres of woodlands, prairies and wetlands across 45 Indy Parks properties that serve as home to many wildlife species. Land Stewardship also coordinates invasive species control, wetland restoration, reforestation, and native planting efforts across Indy.

“Environmental Education is a primary focus at the Eagle Creek Park Earth Discovery Center and Ornithology Center, Holliday Park Nature Center, Southeastway Park and the Garfield Park Conservatory, offering  more than 5,000 acres of wildlife and plant experiences just minutes from Downtown Indianapolis,” said John Williams, Director of Indy Parks and Recreation.” Nearly 40,000 students and citizens participate annually in hands on nature programs, such as the Eagle Creek Park  Geo-Thermal pond, a living outdoor classroom that teaches the importance of how baby dragonflies, tadpoles, water beetles,  zooplankton, snails, and  leeches each have a role enhancing our wildlife environment.”  

Indy Parks naturalists also devote time to training volunteers to allow for further wildlife experiences for the public in assisting with pond studies, teaching, live bird of prey programs, and leading nature hikes. Volunteers participate in bat surveys, reptile and amphibian studies, summer breeding bird surveys,Christmas bird counts, the Great Backyard Bird Count, and International Migratory Bird Day.

Visit indy.gov/dpr to learn about seasonal outdoor conservation opportunities such as monthly invasive plant removal efforts and the upcoming Great Indy Clean-up at Eagle Creek Park on Saturday April 11 .



 

 

In the coming months, the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office will offer a series of free crime prevention seminars for local landlords. The seminars are designed to assist rental property owners and managers keep the properties safe and free of illegal activity. 

Each seminar is an eight hour course providing information on applicant screening, rental agreements, warning signs of drug and gang activity, and the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) method of property and ground maintenance to reduce and prevent crime. To learn more about landlord training seminars or to register for a course, please visit indy.gov/MCPO/LandlordTraining or contact the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office at (317) 327-3522 or MCPO@Indy.gov.

Landlord Training Workshop 
One-day crime prevention workshops for property owners and managers

Apartment communities:
June 23, 2015
Indianapolis Fire Station #9
6270 E 86th Street, Indianapolis
 
August 19, 2015
Franklin Township Civic League
8822 Southeastern Avenue, Indianapolis
 
All other rental properties: 
September 9, 2015
Community Health Pavilion
1011 Main Street, Speedway

 

 

Kelly L. Foulk
Mayor's Neighborhood Liaison-South/Southeast
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services
Office of Mayor Greg Ballard – City of Indianapolis
kelly.foulk@indy.gov C: (317) 429­-7807 Fax: (317) 327­-5424
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