Major beautification success for Stadium Village

The month of June saw a huge push for beautification in the Stadium Village area.  Several projects were implemented over the past month that helped to highlight, beautify and enhance the presence of our neighborhood.  Key improvements included the following:

  • The addition of 20 concrete planters along the S. Meridian corridor.
  • A new planting of flowers and small shrubs in all of the concrete planters along S. Meridian St. and McCarty St.
  • Regular watering/weeding of all the planters
  • A new mural on the Shimp building on S. Meridian St.
  • The addition of the bison statue at the corner of McCarty and Madison where the I-65/I-70 ramps are located.

The bison statue is a part of the Indiana Association of United Ways “Bison-tennial” art project. This legacy project will help celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday by decorating and displaying 5-foot-tall fiberglass bison with an end goal of at least one – if not a herd – of bison on display in each of Indiana’s 92 counties.

The Stadium Village Business Association purchased a bison and commissioned Indianapolis artist William Denton Ray to paint the bison for our area. His idea behind the painting was as follows: “There are hints and references to Native American culture within the design. As settlers moved west and civilization exploded the bison were driven westward. If you look at our state seal the pioneer is chopping down a tree and the bison is running west. My bison is positioned facing west mimicking the seal but also points towards the neighborhood“.  Check out the photos below to see the great job he did.

Hats off to Dan Hall with Church Bros. for providing the clear coat on the bison, Kevin Martin with UPS, Steve Alexander with Prince Alexander, and John Bragg with John Bragg Photography for getting the Bison statue commissioned, built, transported and erected at McCarty St. and the I-65/I-70 Ramp.  And thanks to John Bragg, Kevin Martin, Tom Dale, and George Coogan for relocating the planters from Fountain Square to Stadium Village and to JP Parker for helping with the purchase and planting of the flowers.  This was a full team effort and produced some very impressive results.  Well done everyone!!!!

Facade Improvement Grant money available!!

For those commercial property owners who want to improve the look of their facade (and beautify the neighborhood), there is grant money available to help out.  Some of the members of the SVBA have taken advantage of this opportunity in the past.  If interested look at the link below to find out details.  This is time-sensitive because the application deadline is Jan. 9th.

2014 FOCUS Facade DA RFP final

PUP Seats were installed today!

The PUP seats went in this morning at both the Parish Hall Bus stop as well as the stop at the corner of S. Meridian and McCarty.  They look great and help to further enhance the neighborhood by providing public art that is functional, sustainable, artistic and historic.  The sign showing the SVBA’s sponsorship of the PUP seats is also prominently displayed.  For more info about the PUP seat program you can visit this link ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Oct. 28, 2011 Fall/Winter Beautification and planting day

In collaboration with Indianapolis Downtown Inc., and Cummins we will help plant and clean-up the neighborhood to help beautify it for the fall and to prepare it for Super Bowl XLVI here in Indianapolis.  Cummins is providing the plants and a budget for watering up until the Super Bowl.  None of this money comes out of our beautification budget.  So, we ask that as many members as possible show up to help lend a hand and show support for what IDI and Cummins are doing for us.  These days are fun and they go quickly with the right number of volunteers.  So please come out on Oct. 28th from 1-4 pm.  We will meet at Midwest Computer Associates at 850 S. Meridian St.