IPL Project GreenSpace supports partnerships with neighborhood-based organizations to help eliminate blight and provide the expertise and resources to revitalize neighborhoods and public spaces.
A little history...
Since 1995, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., in partnership with Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) and the City of Indianapolis, has helped neighborhoods, schools, churches, and other community-based organizations (CBO's) create beautiful places from vacant lots, old parking lots, medians, or little used areas. Often, these sites are neglected and overgrown—inviting littering, illegal dumping, or worse! These little-used, undervalued, or detrimental places are transformed into community assets--green and beautiful places that build community, encourage community pride, and add value to neighborhoods across Indianapolis.
With our help, you can create a Pocket Park, landscape beautification, environmental planting, community vegetable garden, or neighborhood gateway.
Definition: A pocket park is a small outdoor space, usually no more than ¼ of an acre, most often located in an urban area that is surrounded by commercial buildings or houses on small lots, with no places for people to gather, relax, or to enjoy the outdoors. There is no set design for a pocket park; each one is different depending on the size and use of the space. They are also called vest pocket parks, a term first used in the 1960’s.
KIB works with CBO's to create attractive, inviting, and vibrant outdoor public spaces. The use of the space is determined by the applicant. It can be a quiet space, a play space, or anything in between! We encourage our project partners to think outside the box, both in selecting a place for their project, and how the space will be used and maintained.
Our grants are “project management” grants, meaning that we bring the plant material, tools, and project management expertise to the project, the applicant brings volunteers to do the work, provides lunch, and so forth. The key thing we look for in the application is a maintenance plan, who and how will you take care of the plantings once KIB is done helping you bring your vision to life? Projects with a strong maintenance plan will win out over the competition to receive a grant.
Check our grant application pages to see how to get organized and ready, and to see how to go about working with us on your project. Any group is eligible to apply. Our applications are a competitive process, so the more people you have involved and the more organized your group is, the more likely you will receive a project grant from us.
- Get involved: help another organization realize their dream of a pocket park.
- List of scheduled 2012 GreenSpace and Pocket Park projects.
- Read about a recent pocket park success story.
- Go to our pocket park history and photo gallery.
Thanks to our 2012 IPL Project GreenSpace sponsors!
The Employees of CICF
With additional support from: