GBR is proud to play a part in the design and implementation of the Bill Brink Memorial Garden, in honor of the late Bill Brink, a longtime resident who was lovingly referred to as the Mayor of Broad Ripple. It will reflect Bill's passion for the great outdoors, native Indiana plants, wildlife, art and Broad Ripple Village.
The garden will run alongside the Monon Trail east of Cornell Ave, from 65th to 67th. There will be a variety of plant habitats including a rain garden, forest wildflowers and a prairie as well as benches, public art and lighting.
The Bill Brink Memorial Garden will:
- Enhance attractiveness of the Village
- Increase enjoyment of a ride or walk on the Monon Trail
- Honor a contributor to the vibrancy of the Indianapolis community
- Promote appreciation of wildlife and the outdoors
WHEN WILL IT BE STARTED?
The project is already underway! This past fall, Green Broad Ripple led a group of volunteers (with the help of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Butler students) to remove invasive honeysuckle from the site of the garden. Look for the first phase of installation in Spring 2014 with expected completion in Fall 2014.
PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING!
The goal is to raise $35,000 to complete the initial project. Additional funds will be needed for ongoing maintenance. All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.
I want to DONATE.
I want to VOLUNTEER.
Visit BRVA's website for the garden here
WHO WAS BILL BRINK?
D. William (Bill) Brink (November 12, 1948 - November 15, 2011) was a self-taught wildlife photographer, naturalist and outdoorsman who, until his death, occupied the Broad Ripple home in which he was born. Brink, who "grew up" in Holliday Park and loved Broad Ripple Village, was affectionately known as "the Mayor of Broad Ripple."
A cofounder of the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society and an active member of the Amos Butler Audubon Society, Brink also served on the boards of the Friends of Holliday Park and the Indiana Audubon Society. A founder of the Scott Starling Nature Sanctuary, he led Sunday morning bird hikes at Eagle Creek Park for many years.