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!!!!
A hearty “Thanks” to Judith Essex and The Old Southside for organizing the 1st Showcase of real estate for our area. As you can tell by the picture, the turnout was huge and The Old Southside did a wonderful job promoting this event. If any of you couldn’t make it and want to see the list of properties, reach out to Judith and she can send you something.
With the new administration coming on in the City of Indianapolis, it is unclear what will happen to our current neighborhood liaison. If you are interested in keeping Lisa Laflin on as our neighborhood liaison for the South Center Region please send an email requesting this to firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa has been a champion for the people of the Stadium Village area and the Old Southside neighborhood by regularly attending meetings and providing us with resources, information and support about anything related to our neighborhood and our needs. She would appreciate any support you can provide.
Below are a couple of links to ideas for development in areas that surround football stadiums. These proposals can give us some ideas for what can become of the areas surrounding Lucas Oil Stadium. The first is a proposal for a new stadium for the St. Louis Rams. The second link is about developments taking place around the Green Bay Packers stadium (Lambeau Field). Interesting stuff.
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