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Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v14n08)
Round the Ripple - by Bill Malcolm
posted: Apr. 14, 2017

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Trail along Williams Creek closed next 3-4 years
The Marott Park trail along Williams Creek will be closed for habitat restoration for the next 3-4 years according to IndyParks. This will allow the area to rehabilitate.
Otherwise, the land steward said it would cost millions to quickly repair the badly eroded hillside.
Unfortunately, it makes hiking through the park difficult.
Also at the Park, workers removed invasive plants along the fence and then cut down all the trees along the southern edge of the Park. The contractors told me removing the invasives led to the need to cut down the trees as well as exposing the fence (and leading to a pile of trees.)
In any event, it is an eyesore.


Pick your nomination for worst pothole
The roads in BR have a lot of potholes but my pick for the worst is the mini-crater at 65th and Westfield on the northwest corner.

Round the Ripple - by Bill Malcolm
image courtesy of Bill Malcolm
Quan


It's been there for several months. It's more of a crater than a pothole. It sometimes has an orange cone in it warning drivers, sometimes not. On April 7, it had two orange cones.
Send your favorite to bill@broadripplegazette.com


IMA turns into blossoming Central Park, adds beer garden
New plantings of blooming flowers (250,000 in total) adorn the gardens of the Indianapolis Art Museum. This includes a staggering planting of 150,000 new bulbs which was done last October by 300 volunteers. They have also added a beer garden and extended their hours until 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. The beer garden is in the old conservatory which sold plants. They have put in a new showcase garden in that parking lot (near Michigan Avenue). (Unfortunately, they are no longer selling plants for your garden there.)

Round the Ripple - by Bill Malcolm
image courtesy of Bill Malcolm
Quan


Round the Ripple - by Bill Malcolm
image courtesy of Bill Malcolm
Quan


To avoid the $18 entrance fee to have a brew and enjoy the flowers, memberships are a more cost effective way to visit the IMA. An individual annual membership is $55. (I still say that $18 is too high and as a cyclist I miss not being able to ride through the Park. The IMA was $7 then went to free, then jumped to $18. It's a stretch.)


In other IMA news-
Coming this summer the Museum has added Saturday movies to their Friday night outdoor movie series. You can also buy season tickets. Unlike years ago, the movies frequently sell out so it is hard to just show up to see them. I'll be there to see my favorite Priscilla-Queen of the Desert.
Finally, the IMA will have its semi-annual spring native plant sale on April 28.


Welcome Fresh Thyme
Have you been to the new Fresh Thyme? They even have a community room for community events. I can't wait for the nearby path along the canal to open.


Upcoming
April 14, 2017: New exhibition opening reception at the Art Center, 6 to 9 pm
April 21, 2017: Daffodil show, Holliday Park
April 22, 2017: Earth Day Indiana Festival, Military Park
April 23, 2017: Earth Day at the Jewish Community Center, 1 to 4 pm
May 8, 2017: Indiana Native Plant Society native plant sale, Park Tudor, 10 a.m. Details at www.inpaws.org
May 20-21, 2017: Broad Ripple Art Fair


Bill Malcolm also writes a travel column in The Midwest Eagle and is a reporter for All Aboard Indiana (as a volunteer for both). He advocates for fair and affordable utility rates for a national association based in Washington, D.C. He welcomes reader feedback and story ideas. Send to Bill@BroadRippleGazette.com




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