IPL Project GreenSpace

We partner with neighborhood-based organizations to help eliminate blight and to revitalize public spaces.

  • Why greenspace is important

    Connecting people to nature, creating vibrant places rooted in community and building lasting value by working together. Committed to creating vibrant places and communities, IPL Project GreenSpace is a grassroots effort that transforms vacant lots and underused spaces into natural, beautiful, and functional pocket parks and greenspaces for neighborhoods. KIB has also partnered with Arts Council of Indianapolis to bring art to these spaces in the form of benches, murals, and centerpieces.

  • How we green up indy
    How we green up indy

    KIB helps develop a plan for the space’s design, implementation, and long-term maintenance. Take a look at some of our previous and ongoing projects.

    Partnership applications are available in early May for this competitive program. KIB creates a 3-5 new community greenspaces each year by partnering with neighborhoods who have strong applications, rooted in community collaboration, long-term stewardship plans, and a focus on activating the space as a community asset.

    Questions? Contact Joseph Jarzen at 317-264-7555 x106

  • Apply today to create a greenspace in your community

    The application for 2017 projects has closed!

    Check out some of the links below to learn about a few of our current and past projects, and what makes for a strong application; then click here watch a presentation with pointers to strengthen your application.

    Applications for IPL Project GreenSpaces 2018 will open again next spring. Please stay tuned!

    click here to Apply
  • Current Projects
    Current Projects

    We are currently working with three neighborhoods to create community beautification projects as part of KIB’s IPL Project GreenSpace for 2017:

    Current  IPL Project GreenSpace project partners please click here for project resources.

    • Past Projects: You can also click here to take a look at some of our previous and ongoing projects.
  • Your Committment
    Your Committment

    Are you committed to beautifying Indy? Here’s what we look for in a partner:

    • Volunteers – At least half of the volunteers on any given project day must come from the neighborhood.
    • Partnership Development – Project partners will work to broaden community engagement with neighbors, businesses, churches, and community organizations that may provide additional project support.
    • Maintenance Commitment – Individuals will be needed  to take on specific maintenance roles and to coordinate volunteers to maintain the space.
    • Celebrations – Project partners will help provide food for project days and plan dates to celebrate the space when milestones are reached.
  • What KIB provides
    What KIB provides

    To ensure project success and sustainability, KIB makes a multi-year commitment to its project partners.

    • Expertise, Support and Guidance – KIB will provide support in community engagement, design, volunteer recruitment and coordination, and project implementation.
    • Native Plants and Trees – KIB will purchase plants and trees. At the end of the project, partners will receive a care binder that will outline common weeds, care and maintenance of the native plantings at the space, and the importance to keep out invasive species.
    • Paths, benches, shelters and nature plays – Hardscape elements called for in the design will be secured by KIB to help complete the site.
    • Maintenance Support – KIB will work with the project partner to identify specific maintenance needs such as watering that they will assist with, as well as schedule follow-up workdays to bring the tool trailer and volunteers.
  • Project Partner Resources

    Past project partner or interested in finding our about our past work? Below you’ll find information about some of our past projects and community resources.

    • IPL Project GreenSpace Alumni Club: Past project partners can join our GreenSpace Alumni Club to network, share resources, and stay in touch with KIB. Find our more info at the GreenSpace Alumni Club Facebook page.
    • Stewardship Assistance Program (SAP): Past project partners, active in our Alumni Club are encouraged to apply for a reimbursable grant, up to $500, to help past project partners complete maintenance and other projects at their greenspaces. Partners can apply here for 2015.
    • Placemaking Resources: Looking to activate your space? Click here for links to help you get started or continue your work.

    Have a question? Contact Joseph Jarzen at 317-264-7555 x106.

    Apply Here
  • sponsors

    Indianapolis Power & Light Company, City of Indianapolis, The Kresge Foundation, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. Pocket Park fund – a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation, Indianapolis Garden Club, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Lacy Foundation, REI, The Angie’s List Foundation, Lions Club of Indianapolis Downtown, Amos Butler Audubon Society, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Sun King Brewing, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company