600 Volunteers Expected for KIB's Great Indy Cleanup in South Indy


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South Indy Quality of Life Neighborhoods to Receive a Spring Cleaning with the Help of Over 600 Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Volunteers this Saturday
KIB, City of Indianapolis to host annual April Great Indy Cleanup Focus Neighborhood event with community volunteers on Saturday to clean eight of Indy’s neighborhoods

INDIANAPOLIS – (April 24, 2017) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) will host over 600 volunteers this Saturday in the South Indy (SO Indy) neighborhoods as part of the April Great Indy Cleanup. Volunteers will join neighbors in street cleanups, park and greenspace plantings, mural painting, habitat restoration along Pleasant Run, and planting 100 trees in the Garfield Park neighborhood.

  • WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2017; 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
  • WHERE: Southern Plaza in front of Brightwood College | 4200 S. East St., Indianapolis, IN 46277
    • Volunteers will be separated into 18 groups and disperse to project sites (link to project map)
  • VISUALS: Over 600 volunteers will meet for breakfast and project registration at 8:00 A.M. in the parking lot of Southern Plaza. Mayor Hogsett will greet and address volunteers around 8:45 A.M. Then volunteers will collect tools and supplies and branch out into the community to begin projects at 9:30 A.M. Projects will vary from location to location, but on the ground the work will take place throughout the SO Indy neighborhoods (link to project map) and last until roughly 12:00 P.M.

Highlighted Projects:

  • Project #10: Madison Ave litter cleanup & uncovering sidewalks (IMPD will have a lane of traffic closed; Madison Ave murals visible as a backdrop)
  • Project #11: Invasive species removal along Pleasant Run Creek (water shots available)
  • Projects #7 & 9: Street, alley, underpass litter cleanup in Bean Creek
  • Project #18: Garfield Park Neighborhood Tree Planting
  • Projects #14 & 15: Garfield Park Art Center mural painting and garden planting
  • Project #12: University Heights Park beautification

The SO Indy neighborhoods were selected as KIB’s 2018 Focus Neighborhood during a public selection event in November 2017 when SO Indy Quality of Life leaders presented their case to the community.
“Every year, during the Great Indy Cleanup, the Indianapolis community is at its best: working together to make our city cleaner, greener, and more beautiful,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “I am proud to once again join in the important work of investing in our neighborhoods and beautifying our city alongside Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the many committed residents who call our city home.”
A citywide effort to beautify and strengthen our communities, the Great Indy Cleanup is a partnership between KIB and the City of Indianapolis. Last year, nearly 9,000 volunteers collected 1.8 million pounds of litter through 331 community cleanups. From April through October, residents can apply for a community cleanup that KIB will support with cleaning supplies, Department of Public Works dumpsters and other resources.
The Great Indy Cleanup is made possible by generous donations from the City of Indianapolis, Kroger, Republic Services, South Side Landfill, and Clif Bar Baking Company. For more information on KIB’s efforts to beautify the city, or to learn how you can help, please visit us at www.greatindycleanup.com.
The Great Indy Cleanup is also supported by Yelp Indy’s first Yelp Helps Week – which highlights volunteer and service opportunities throughout Indianapolis. Yelp will donate $1 for every person who checks into the Great Indy Cleanup event on the Yelp app.
About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB)
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization with a mission to engage diverse communities to create vibrant public places, helping people and nature thrive. Annually, KIB works with nearly 20,000 volunteers on nearly 900 community projects. To learn more, visit www.kibi.org or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @kibiorg.
About the South Indy Quality of Life Neighborhoods
Covering 8 square miles with a population of nearly 40,000, the South Indy QoL neighborhoods include Bean Creek, Garfield Park, University Heights, Carson Heights, Meridian Raymond, South Village, Northwest Perry and Rosedale Hills. The eight neighborhoods, with distinct history and identities, boast a range of housing options, commercial corridors serving local and regional needs, educational institutions from pre-k to graduate and recreational destinations. Equitable growth in all neighborhoods will occur with improved mass transit and connectivity, housing and workforce development and revitalization of commercial nodes and corridors creating opportunities for all who live, work and visit in South Indy.