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January 1, 2016

Springdale Greenspace at the Nowland Oak

By: Jeremy Kranowitz


The Springdale Neighborhood, home of two of the City’s oldest and grandest chinquapin oak trees, is working to preserve and protect the space around the tree located off of Nowland Avenue through KIB’s IPL Project GreenSpace program. The neighborhood envisions a place for reflection to view the tree and learn about this natural and historic monument in an artistic and natural setting.

The Nowland Oak is approximately 200 years old.


KIB hired design firm, MKSK, to work with the neighborhood to hear their ideas and vision for the space, and is currently working on refining a design that has been in the creation process since November.

The Indiana Historical Society also returned as a project partner after creating a successful project in Ransom Place with the neighborhood and KIB in 2015. In this space, IHS will be worked with local artists to design interpretive panels that will be incorporated into the “tree circles” illustrating both the natural history and human interaction with the tree throughout time.

Draft Design, January 2016


Plants and art have been installed. Come by and see this magnificent tree and cool space.

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

The Temple Oak is located just two blocks east of the Nowland Oak at the intersection of Brookside Parkway S. Drive and Nowland Ave.


Continued success of IPL Project GreenSpace depends on our sponsors and individuals like you. Please consider donating to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Categories: AES Indiana Project Greenspace