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Round the Ripple - by Bill Malcolm
posted: Sept. 29, 2017
More road closures in the Ripple
Westfield, 64th Street, and 75th Street have all been partially closed as of late. It's great to see our roads being repaired and upgraded.
Readers Jonesy and Ben suggested I look into it after the sign went up on September 18, 2017, announcing Westfield Boulevard itself would be closed on or after September 26.
Here's the scoop from Warren Stokes of DPW:
There will be no full closures, only 2 upcoming partial closures. This will allow for residential traffic to still have access to their homes.
For the Westfield partial closures, there have been some recent changes to the planned detour route, I am still waiting on receiving that update.
I also want to note that construction detour routes only include major thoroughfares and secondary streets. Residential streets are not used to route traffic.
Below are streets in the Broad Ripple area that are either in construction or will be this year.
Ferguson St. from 64th St. to 67th St. - Start Aug. 2017, finish Oct. 2017. This street was partially closed, but should open sometime this week. No exact date since the contractor's schedule is based on their own workload.
Carrollton Ave from 64th St. to 66th St. - Start Sept. 2017, finish Nov. 2017. This will have a partial closure.
Compton St. from 61st St to Broad Ripple Ave. - Start Sept. 2017, finish Oct. 2017
Guilford Ave. from Broad Ripple Ave. to 64th St. - Start Oct. 2017, finish Nov. 2017
64th St from College Ave. to Monon trail - Start Oct., finish Nov. 2017
Westfield Blvd. from Guilford Ave. to Winthrop Ave. - Start Sept. 2017, finish Oct. 2017
Westfield Blvd. from College Ave. to Guilford Ave. - Start Oct. 2017, finish Oct. 2017
Westfield Blvd. from Rivera Dr. to 65th St. - Start Sept. 2017, finish Oct. 2017
Westfield Blvd. from 65th to Shore Island - Start Sept. 2017, finish Oct. 2017
There are also plans for an alley between 63rd St to 64th, but this will just be storm water infrastructure improvements.
Move the Glendale Branch back to Broad Ripple
The Glendale Branch of the Library will be exiting the former shopping mall, a leased space. Let's push to bring in back to the Village. (It used to be in BR Park where the City's community center is across from the pool.) The City is apparently planning to build a new branch which would not open until mid-2022.
I vote to move it to the Village to enhance our walkable community and diversify the mix of offerings away from bars, pizza places, and burger joints. Even better, put it in a re-purposed Broad Ripple High School.
Here is an update on the matter from IPL:
A new stand-alone building for the Glendale Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library is part of an overall capital improvement program involving 11 projects to renovate or build new library facilities. These projects are being funded through individual bonds approved by the City-County Council a couple years ago.
As for the Glendale project, the current projected schedule has site selection and site acquisition accomplished by mid-2018. A new branch would be scheduled to open in mid-2022. They will, as with all other construction projects, have numerous public meetings for individuals to offer input on what they'd like to see in their new branch, with opportunities to interact with the architects and to review what is planned before construction begins. The new branch would sit on approximately 6 acres. The cost would be approximately $10 million and will be funded from bonds issued in 2020.
Holliday Park Fall Festival Coming Up
Over at Holliday Park, there are a lot of Fall activities including, of course, Hauntless Halloween. Other events include:
Yoga in the Park: On Saturdays (from 9 to 10:15 am) from Oct 14 to Nov 14. Pre-registration required.
Field Trip to Goose Island in Linton, Indiana - Nov 4, 2017
Fall Festival: On Nov 5, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. celebrate fall at Holliday Park.
Details for these and other events at www.hollidaypark.org.
Run/Walk set for October 5
The Ripple Effect Run/Walk is set this year for Thursday October 5, 2017. Register or get details at http://www.tuxbro.com/entry-info/ripple-effect-entry-info.html
They are expecting around 1,000 participants again this year.
Art Museum Fall Fun
There is a lot going on at the Indianapolis Museum of Art including:
Oktoberfest Sept. 30, 2017 / 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oct. 1, 2017 / noon-5 p.m. - Beer Garden
Concert: Doug E. Fresh (presented in conjunction with City as Canvas) Oct. 5, 2017 / 8 p.m.; The Toby
City as Canvas: Exhibition Opening Party - Oct. 6, 2017 / 7 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of our special exhibition City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti from the 70s & 80s
FILM: Cereal Cinema: Hocus Pocus - Oct. 7, 2017 / 10 a.m.
FILM: Friday the 13th Part I & II - Oct. 13, 2017 / Doors open 6:30 p.m. / Film 7:30 p.m.
Other Upcoming Events Around The Ripple
October 7, 2017: Haunted Gingerbread Houses (Ages 2-11) at Broad Ripple Park at 10 a.m.
October 13, 2017: Indianapolis Art Center opening reception for the Faculty Show
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