Shelton Heights Neighborhood – Turning an abandoned trailer park into a pocket park
In 2016 the Shelton Heights neighborhood worked with the City of Indianapolis to demolish a mobile home park at 3836 Rockville Avenue on the west side of Indianapolis after it was left abandoned by its owner. In 2017, Indy Gateway, a local community and economic development organization, began working with the Shelton Heights Neighborhood to get the land donated by the city for a pocket park.
In September 2017, the Shelton Heights Neighborhood and Indy Gateway Inc. was awarded a Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) Greenspace grant and identified as one of its three greenspace locations in Indianapolis to focus on in 2018. The next step will be developing a park plan for the property with KIB and the firm of MKSK. The plan will outline options and phases for development. KIB, Shelton Heights Park Board, and Indy Gateway volunteers will begin the work of the first phase of the plan in 2018.
During and after the implementation of the first phase of the plan, funds will need to be raised to purchase additional park equipment and construction to complete subsequent phases of the park as designed. On-going maintenance costs of the park will be the responsibility of the Shelton Heights Park Board through the Shelton Heights Park Fund established and managed by Indy Gateway, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community and economic development organization on the west side of Indianapolis.
Stay tuned for more on this project in Spring 2018!
MKSK to Complete Plan by April 2018
Indy Gateway is a partner with the City of Indianapolis of a Westside Strategic Revitalization & Airport TIF Implementation Plan and subsequent action plan and began working with the firm of MKSK to develop plans with a focus on the West Washington corridor in October 2017. This process is organizing focus groups that will include neighborhood association representatives, business owners and other impacted government and community organizations. The completion of this plan, which will be early April 2018, will lay out specific projects to be implemented in the coming years that will spur economic and community development for the area. Concurrently, the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works began in March 2017 an engineering study of West Washington Street from Harding Street to I-465 overpass to determine from an engineering standpoint issues such as drainage and easement that would need addressed to move forward with transformative infrastructure changes to the corridor.