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PROJECTS
[Urban Gardens, Recycling, Green Alleys, Bikeways]
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We, at Green Broad Ripple, Inc., believe that the most effective way to advance our mission is through a series of practical projects that initiate change toward sustainability while, at the same time, educating the community as to the many positive possibilities of going Green.




Bill Brink Memorial Garden
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...
 
 
Complete Streets
Green Broad Ripple spearheaded the complete streets initiative in 2008 with our petition for bike lanes. Since then, we have partnered with other community organizations to get concrete bump outs at bus stops, sharrow lanes, cross walk thermoplast, and the Broad Ripple Avenue Bike Lanes. Recenty, GBR kicked off a campaign to transform some on-street parking spots into bicycle parking by installing a bicycle corral. GBR won the first one in a contest from Saris bike rack company and then raise...
 
 
Local Food Guide
Green Broad Ripple is proud to be a major sponsor of the 2013-2014 Local Food Guide! The Local Food Guide is annual resource edited, printed and distributed by the Food Coalition of Central Indiana. This free guide lists all local farms, farmers markets, wineries, brewers and food businesses around the Indy metro area. It also highlights when local produce is in season and lists restaurants that use locally sourced food.

You can pick up a free copy at locations around Indianapolis or downloa...
 
 
Beautification
Many of our friends and neighbors kept asking us to create some projects that would improve our green spaces throughout our community. Since a number of groups already strive to do this, we thought we should only take on the projects that seem to slip through the cracks. Therefore, our first public beautification project is the median plantings on Broad Ripple Avenue and the Monon Trail crossing. This quite prominent intersection had not been maintained for some time. GBR volunteers, under t...
 
 
Recycling
Broad Ripple Square recycles ten tons of glass per month.

Wanting to work toward full stream recycling on the Indianapolis city block known as Broad Ripple Square, an idea was conceived to implement a three phase plan that will lead us to eventual zero land fill. The beer bottle is arguably the most ubiquitous object in Broad Ripple. In order to utilize the co-mingle programs that became available in 2008, the problem of eliminating the bottle effectively had to be dealt with first. Recycl...
 
 
Bike Rides with INDYCOG
Green Broad Ripple was there when our dear friends at INDYCOG were just a blog and dream. They have now become the beacon of all things bicycling in our fair City. GBR has partnered with INDYCOG to promote the concept of using the bicycle as a means of transportation and life style. In 2010 we held the Pedal Indy ride showcasing this concept. We had over 400 riders running errands and going about daily business on bikes. It was quite a sight. Since then, we have partnered on the Annual Twe...
 
 
Urban Garden
A Green bright spot on the horizon has been the huge success of farmer’s markets throughout the country. Providing direct customer access for the small local food producer, it is a marvel of efficiency. Low transportation costs, freshness of product, opportunity for socializing, and greater return for the farmer all contribute to a new vision of how food production might be improved. Following this thread, Green Broad Ripple (GBR) has organized on a new initiative. On Friday, May 30, 2008, on a ...
 
 
Green Film Series
We have been incubating the idea of starting a film series where we screen documentaries that pertain to the green movement since our inception in 2007. GBR has finally begun this program in which we showcase educational films that discuss some of the issues our community, state, nation and world are facing with food, water, energy, public health, environmental degradation and other problems. These films are selectively chosen to not only tell the story, but to also offer practical solutions t...
 
 
Envision Broad Ripple
GBR is proud to be the originator and the long time partner in the Envision Broad Ripple process. On Earth Day 2008, GBR kicked off the first Envision Broad Ripple session. Since then we have had over 20 meetings with hundreds of participants. These sessions have provided the general public a conduit for describing what they want for the Broad Ripple community. These sessions have resulted in the bike lanes on Broad Ripple Avenue, the new cross walk striping, the design considerations for th...
 
 
Green Alleys
The alleys of Broad Ripple are an under appreciated and underutilized asset. They are wonderfully diverse spaces; sometimes very urban other times almost disappearing into nature. They provide glimpses of the more personal and informal ambiance of our community. The “New Urbanism” has long espoused that alleys could lead to better integration of automobile and foot traffic. Where streets are primarily vehicular in nature accommodating pedestrian traffic to varying degrees, alleys could become pr...
 
 
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