Discovering Indy's Green Velvet Glove

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Sunday, November 8, 2009 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
at multiple venues (see below)

Fall Creek Boulevard at Delaware Street Quadrant:

Arts, Religion, Humanities

Chris Baas, Don Colvin, Paul Diebold, Joan Hostetler, Jeffrey Kellams, Don Miller

Event Description:

photo: Historic postcard collection; Tina Jones

  • General Information
  • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.—"The Green Lungs of the City; 100 Years of Conservation Efforts"
             Bike ride, led by Don Miller - meet at Boulevard Station on the Monon at 38th St., 1050 East 38th St.
             (parking access via west alley); bring bike, water
  • 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.—Walking tours (choose one)
         1.  "Gotta Have Plants"
               Pleasant Run, led by JoEllen Meyers Sharp - meet at Garfield Park, Conservatory
         2.  "A Run Runs Through It"
               Pogues Run, led by Tessie Lloyd-Jones, Tracy Heaton, and Joan Hostetler - meet at 
               Woodruff Place Town Hall, 735 Woodruff Place East Drive
         3.  "Beautiful Infrastructure and Buildings"
               Fall Creek, led by Tina Jones - meet at Marott Apartments,
               2625 N. Meridian Street, enter through the main door and meet in the lobby
         4.  "George Kessler & The Design of the Ideal American City"
               White River, led by Chris Baas - meet at former IndyParks Headquarters, 1426 W. 29th St.
         5.  "Sound Mind: The Importance of Nature and Its Setting to Mental Health"
               Big Eagle Creek, led by Paul Diebold - meet at Central State's Indiana Medical History Museum,
               3045 W. Vermont St.
  • 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.—"I Love My Parks"
               Participant dialogue, moderated by Don Colvin, to share the day's experiences:
               Athenaeum Downstairs Ballroom
               401 East Michigan Street
               Food and drink available for purchase.

Free; donations requested.
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Explore the design of Indianapolis by stepping outside and enjoying bike rides, walking tours, a self-guided driving tour, exhibits, and public dialogue that showcase the artistry and spirit of the historic Indianapolis Park & Boulevard System, masterfully designed by George Kessler. Learn the history of conservation and explore landscape architecture, engineered structures such as bridges and floodwalls, and more, in featured parks/venues. Guiding you through the system is a bevy of knowledgeable professionals including Chris Baas, associate professor of landscape architecture, Ball State University; Don Colvin, deputy director of IndyParks; Don Miller, leader of the Land Stewardship Section, IndyParks, among others. Presented by the Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation; Friends of Garfield Park; Max Kade German-American Center, IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI; and Near Eastside Community Organization (NESCO). Questions? Call 317-327-7041or e-mail