Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v04n23)
Keeping Broad Ripple Beautiful - By Ashley Plummer
posted: Nov. 16, 2007
On November 10, 2007, the Broad Ripple Village Association (BRVA), in conjunction with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Inc. (KIBI), the Indianapolis Arts Center and others who have adopted medians planted 80 trees along the medians from 64th to 71st Streets along College Avenue.
Around 150 volunteers showed up for the 9 a.m. planting which, according to KIBI's website included planting trees, shrubs, flowers and spreading mulch on the planting beds. Morning refreshments were provided by Mug Shots Pub while lunch was provided by Chipotle Mexican Grill.
This is one of the first phases of an extensive change to the College Ave. medians that will include landscaping, art and signage that will announce the gateway into the Broad Ripple Arts and Cultural district.
Numerous other volunteer groups from the area came out for the planting, including New Horizons Church, Alpha Kappa Psi of Butler University and the Butler University Student Foundation.
Butler students Nicole Stephan, Alicia Weiste, Cindy Halfman and Karen Williamson described the day's events as an awesome experience and a great way for students to reach out to the community.
"We're here with the Butler University Student Foundation," Halfman said. "This is our philanthropic event for the semester."
Halfman went on to explain that many students like helping KIBI because they work very well with their volunteers, especially students.
Broad Ripple and outside area residents alike should keep their eyes open for future additions to the medians, as the BRVA and other organizations work to continue improving the Greenways of Indianapolis.
Michael Freeland, Peter Dean, Sharon Butsch Freeland