Historic Meridian Park http://www.historicmeridianpark.org Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:17:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 23028694 First Annual Progressive Carnival http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/first-annual-progressive-carnival/ Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:13:27 +0000 http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/?p=2929 On August 27, 2017, a new social event took place in the neighborhood.

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It seems that with each new neighborhood activity or social event, someone decides to add another and those events become annual events. That is the beauty of urban living where neighbors want to know each other and engage with each other. It’s the beauty of large front porches where passerbys can stop for a quick drink and short conversation before continuing on their way. Or maybe they just smile and say hello and before long strangers become familiar faces who become friends.

So it should be no surprise to anyone who is familiar with HMP that on August 27, 2017, a new social event took place in the neighborhood. The HMP Progressive Carnival included six homes where neighborhood children were invited to roam the neighborhood and participate in carnival activities. A special thank you goes to the host families: The Hamptons, Robertson, Valentines, Parsons, Mehlman Rhys and the Reeves. Without them, the newest neighborhood activities would not have been possible.

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Eclipse Party http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/eclipse-party/ Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:11:45 +0000 http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/?p=2925 On this day, the nation stood still, gathered under the sun, unified—to watch the historic solar eclipse.

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On Monday August 21, 2017, millions of people across the country gathered to watch the solar eclipse. It seemed that with so much turmoil throughout our country and abroad, very little could be done to bring people together. But on this day, the nation stood still, gathered under the sun, unified—to watch the historic solar eclipse. HMP neighbor Angela Colby hosted an eclipse party at her home with included NASA approved glasses, soda and moon pies, and other eclipse-themed snacks.

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September 2017 Pocket Park Update http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/september-2017-pocket-park-update/ Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:09:56 +0000 http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/?p=2923 The Pocket Park has been getting a lot of use both from neighborhood-sponsored events and individuals enjoying the space.

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The Pocket Park has been getting a lot of use both from neighborhood-sponsored events and individuals enjoying the space. It has come a long way since its inception. Many neighbors have donated countless hours of labor to keeps weeds at bay, clean up the occasional stray packaging left behind, planting flowers, and finishing up the big work such as installing fencing and laying concrete walkways. With all that has been completed, still more remains. Help is always needed and much appreciated.

What is still needed?

  • YOU and your physical and financial support.
  • The movie screen needs to be located and installed.
  • Trash and recycle bins. If the park acquires recycled materials, there is a cost for pick up. If you live near the park and would like to donate your trash or recycle bins for park use during activities, please contact a Board or park committee member.
  • The 100-foot hose use for park watering has come up missing again. A safe storage or method is greatly appreciated.
  • Park rules indicate that signage is a priority.
  • Toddler swing
  • Install picnic tables

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Purchase NAP Credits to Benefit MFCDC Parks http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/purchase-nap-credits-benefit-mfcdc-parks/ Sun, 24 Sep 2017 19:07:02 +0000 http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/?p=2921 The Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation believes parks and greenspaces make our neighborhood a better place to live, work, and play.

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The Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation (MFCDC) believes parks and greenspaces make our neighborhood a better place to live, work, and play. Because of this, they have transformed several vacant lots in Mapleton-Fall Creek into parks and greenspaces. This both improves the neighborhood aesthetically and enriches the community with places to exercise, gather, and enjoy one another. To keep up with maintenance, infrastructure, and programming, the MFCDC relies upon donations. And purchasing Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) credits eases the cost of your donation on you.

NAP credits act like a rebate on your state taxes. For donations of $100 or more, the donor receives 50 percent of their donation back on their state taxes. The money raised from NAP goes directly to support our parks.

To learn more, please visit http://mfcdc.org/programs/mfc-pocket-parks/.

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The Children’s Museum Black Hat Dash http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/childrens-museum-black-hat-dash/ Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:58:29 +0000 http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/?p=2918 The Children's Museum Guild's 4th Annual Black Hat Dash is Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM.

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The Children’s Museum Guild’s 4th Annual Black Hat Dash is Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM. The 1 mile and 5K Family Fun Run and Walk courses are almost entirely within Historic Meridian Park.

There is a lot HMP neighbors can do to be a part of the festivities:

  • Participate! Dress up and run or walk the 5K or 1-mile course. HMP neighbors get a special discounted rate of $10 per person ages 5 and up. Register at https://www.childrensmuseum.org/black-hat-dash and enter promo code NGHBR. There will be prizes for best costumes and most creatively decorated strollers. Rach Black Hat Dash entry comes with a ticket to the Children’s Museum Haunted House!
  • Decorate! Decorate your yard or house for a chance to win great prizes. Judges will be looking for creativity and Halloween appeal. Send an email to dashneighbors@gmail.com by October 25th with your name, address and phone number to enter.
  • Cheer! Neighbors are invited to watch and cheer the costumed runners as they run through Historic Meridian Park.

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Help Wanted: Urban Times Block Captains http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/help-wanted-ut-block-captains/ Fri, 08 Sep 2017 23:00:46 +0000 http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/?p=2776 HMP is still in need of Urban Times Block Captains and back-up Block Captains, particularly for Route 12 (3000 block of Delaware Street).

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HMP is still in need of Urban Times Block Captains and back-up Block Captains, particularly for Route 12 (3000 block of Delaware Street). Your assistance is only need once a month and for your block only.

Any neighbor willing or interested in becoming a UT block captain should contact a Board member to express interest. Block captains are responsible for getting the UT delivered to homes on their block. This is an excellent opportunity to get a little exercise and meet your neighbors in the process. If you already have a block captain for your block, consider becoming a backup for your block captain or becoming a block captain for another are of HMP. No one willing to help will be turned away. There is plenty of work to go around and many hands make light work. Per our agreement with the UT, we need to make sure that we are getting the papers delivered in a timely and consistent manner.

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Summer 2017 Pocket Park Update http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/summer-2017-pocket-park-update/ Sun, 09 Jul 2017 21:01:59 +0000 http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/?p=2811 After many fits and starts, the concrete work in the pocket park is finished.

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The Pocket Park Committee is excited to welcome Erica Stout as its newest member. At the last meeting Erica was introduced to the other members. She hit the ground rolling and has abundance of great ideas. She will bring a lot of energy and new ideas to the committee. Welcome Erica!

After many fits and starts, the concrete work in the pocket park is finished. It was a long haul and through the generous donations of many neighbors and the hard work of those on the committee and the many volunteers, the next step of completing the park is underway. A few extra items were added, free of charge, by our contractor, Mike Sturgeon. Mike offered to concrete in the new bike rack and provide a bump out for the Little Free Library to make it wheelchair accessible. The end is in sight and it is only a matter of time that HMP will be able to enjoy the fully-completed park that was envisioned so many years ago.

Many may remember that the Pocket Park had three phases:

  • Phase 1: Identify and purchase land
  • Phase 2: Develop plans for park, get permits, complete build outs
  • Phase 3: Maintain and add extras/embellishments

At the last committee meeting, Cassie Mehlman-Rhys reported on the Phase 2 progress to date:

  • The committee raised the remaining funds needed for the concrete
  • Cassie and John Carmer had a good walkthrough with Mike Sturgeon, the concrete contractor, to clarify expectations
  • The park has a bike rack, courtesy of Larry Sanner’s directed donation
  • John installed the Little Free Library
  • Cassie found and donated a toddler slide
  • John will lead the efforts to assemble a team to install the remainder of the fence. Sections were intentionally left open to accommodate the big equipment used by the concrete contractors

Other progress since last meeting:

  • Cassie and Sharon Gamble presented the pocket park plan to Ryan Noel and Nick Wright to get current board leadership caught up on the history of the park
  • Cassie and Sharon plan to revive one-on-one fundraising efforts
  • Cassie plans to revive small-group park tours on Monday nights, twice each month, for anyone interested
  • Bob Mead plans to donate 4 picnic tables for under the shelter that will need assembly

As much progress that has been completed on the park, there are still a few remaining immediate needs:

  • Continuous financial support: While fundraising efforts were enough to pay for concrete, the pocket park funds will be depleted after that
  • A platform needs to be built on the low playstation structure where the big kid slide is resting to permanently affix the slide at the right height so it can be used
  • Park items that were previously located in the garage of Doug Day need a new home (100-foot hose and movie screen)
  • Leslie Hale’s mom has some playground equipment to donate
  • A plan for wintertime snow removal from the park’s walkway

The committee needs to identify dates for:

  • Back-to-School Party in the Park in late August
  • Grand Opening Party in the Park in the early fall

As mentioned, the pocket park needs continuous financial support. If everyone gives then the financial burden does not continue to fall on a few neighbors. The park is available for everyone and everyone is asked to help make and keep the park alive and beautiful. Financial contributions to the pocket park are separate from neighborhood association dues.

The committee floated around a few fundraising ideas:

Erica shared a fun fundraising idea she has done before: a trolley trip! The committee felt we could find enough willing participants to do this a few times with different themes/destinations, including at the holidays to look at lights.

  • A one-time insurance liability rider is required for each trip
  • Trips are BYOB
  • Neighbors who like to cook may be solicited to make food for the trip
  • The trolley would be boarded at the park so people could see what their ticket is raising money for

The committee welcomes other fundraising ideas.

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Little Free Garden http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/little-free-garden-2/ Sun, 09 Jul 2017 20:51:37 +0000 http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/?p=2808 You may have heard of a Little Free Library. Our pocket park has one as do a few neighbors. But have you heard of a Little Free Garden?

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You may have heard of a Little Free Library. Our pocket park has one as do a few neighbors. But have you heard of a Little Free Garden?

Abi Rozelle plans to put a Little Free Garden in the pocket park as a school project that she envisions will help hunger in our community. Abi, assisted by her mother and active Board member Jen Rozelle-Trinosky, presented her idea to the Pocket Park committee where she won unanimous approval to proceed.

The idea is to build a 2’ x 4’ x 12’ raised bed, enlisting neighborhood children to help build (under the guidance of an adult, Luke Trinosky), plant, and maintain vegetables from which anyone in need could harvest the produce. Abi and Jen have studied the Pocket Park and identified the open greenspace in the northeast quadrant as the best location. The neighborhood kids would learn about the garden and Abi and Jen reported that parents would be engaged in communication to help spread the word.

The project is designed to engage the neighborhood children in the planting and maintenance of the garden. Information about the garden will be shared with neighbors via social media and face-to-face contact.

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Pay Your 2017 HMPNA Dues http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/pay-2017-hmpna-dues/ Sat, 08 Jul 2017 20:24:10 +0000 http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/?p=2767 Historic Meridian Park Neighborhood Association (HMPNA) dues are separate from contributions to the Pocket Park. Annual HMPNA dues are ONLY $10 per year.

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Historic Meridian Park Neighborhood Association (HMPNA) dues are separate from contributions to the Pocket Park.  Annual HMPNA dues are ONLY $10 per year. More is accepted and greatly appreciated. However, only $10 per year per household will fulfill your membership dues status as well as provide much need financial support to the neighborhood.  Association dues are used to support activities such as social gatherings, neighborhood beautification and other services that neighbors enjoy.  Please give thoughtful consideration to your contribution towards the neighborhood association dues.

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Spotlight: Luke Trinosky http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/spotlight-luke-trinosky/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:06:04 +0000 http://www.historicmeridianpark.org/?p=2780 Indianapolis’ latest lunch hot spot, Friday Food Truck Frenzy, includes one of Historic Meridian Park's very own residents, Luke (Chef T) Trinosky, with High 5 Lunch.

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Indianapolis’ latest lunch hot spot, Friday Food Truck Frenzy, includes one of Historic Meridian Park’s very own residents, Luke (Chef T) Trinosky, with High 5 Lunch. Luke has been cooking professionally for over 20 years and has had the food truck since 2014.

Luke and his soon to be wife, Jen Rozelle, moved to HMP in 2014. While Luke is from Van Wert, OH and Jen is from Chicago, their paths crossed 6 years ago when mutual friends introduced the two. Luke and Jen continued to see each other, fell in love, and recently married.

Along with being active members of the neighborhood, Luke set out to follow his long time passion of owning and operating a food truck. He took the plunge and now is owner and operator of High 5 Lunch. As if owning and operating a food truck is not enough, Luke also caters special events and offers cooking classes in the home or group setting.

For the last year, Chef T has been involved in the food truck group “Friends of Fred.” Friends of Fred is a group of food truckers who collaborate, share gigs, and have most recently started what they call #FoodTruckFrenzy. Food Truck Frenzy is a Friday lunch event held downtown on Vermont Street across from the War Memorial. From 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM, anyone can head down to Vermont Street and choose from 8 savory food trucks, a dessert truck, and a boutique truck. There are over 25 trucks on rotation so the variety of food offered is aplenty.

Some of Trinosky’s menu highlights are Korean BBQ Tacos with sweet sesame soy sauce and house kimchi, Maple Whiskey Glazed Chicken Wrap with candied pecans and bacon, and the Midwestern Bowl with smoked cheesy mashed potatoes, chicken or pulled pork, bbq sauce and slaw.

If you can’t make it to his truck, High 5 Lunch, you can find him on UberEATS during the week for both lunch and dinner. Be sure to check out www.high5lunch.com or like the High 5 Lunch page on Facebook!

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