June Happenings

MIDSUMMER PICNIC

Hey neighbor, let’s get together on one of the longest days of the year and do it right. Join us 6 pm on Saturday, June 24th for lawn games, chill beverages, hot dogs & s’mores by the fire pit in our neighborhood park. Bring yourself, your kids, your neighbor, a summery dish to share, your favorite beverage and a blanket or lawn chair. We will bring the dogs, s’mores, firewood, an assortment of lawn games and ice.  See you there!


Windsor Park Land Use Meeting June 13th @ 6:30pm

We will meet at Ruckus Maker Space (roughly at 12th and Brookside in the CCIC). At this meeting, we have one item on the docket regarding the building at 1258 Windsor (historic church building at Commerce and Windsor). There will be a presentation made by Tom Battista and his team regarding their plans to re-purpose the building as an independent movie theater and restaurant. For general information about our Land Use Committee, please check out our Land Use Committee Page. If you are a neighbor and want to get involved, please join us at any meeting or email our Land Use Chairs, Aaron and Micah at wearewindsorpark@gmail.com.


NESCO GAMES June 17th-24th!

Every year in June, the Near East Side Community neighborhoods and organizations try to best each other at various skills and feats of strength at the NESCO Games. Windsor Park neighbors are invited to participate. Justin Becht is organizing teams for Windsor Park and you can reach him at our board email wearewindsorpark@gmail.com. You can also form a team and participate by registering here.

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Spades Park Library has kicked off their summer programming. Check with the librarians and take advantage of the new seed library, the summer reading program, Summer Servings, cooking classes and films for the kids (Moana this week), Music Mondays and more! 


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And… if you want something free and lovely to do with your kids outside this weekend, stop by the Pogues Run Art and Nature Park (2300 Dequincy) on Saturday June 11th 2-4pm for an Ecological Scavenger Hunt. All participants get a truly beautiful, hand drawn, Illustrated Nature Guide with lots of info on the nature and geology of our Indianapolis waterways (courtesy of Reconnecting To Our Waterways).


Windsor Park Neighborhood Association’s mission is to:

  • Provide the residents of the neighborhood with a voice in the planning and the redevelopment of the near east side of Indianapolis, in and around the geographic area served by the Corporation; and
  • Improve the living conditions in and around the near east side of Indianapolis by addressing problems of blighted, abandoned and vacant properties as well as advocating and supporting safe, decent, affordable housing and economic development, including job creation; and
  • Provide opportunities for adults and youth to participate in civic activities which encourage community participation and volunteerism.

We are a 501c3 charitable organization and neighborhood association registered with the City of Indianapolis.

Spring Clean Up April 8th and Other News!

Time for Some Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year! We need more volunteers to help with our annual neighborhood spring clean up, part of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the City of Indianapolis’ Great Indy Cleanup. Plan on being there at 10 am this Saturday! Details below. Let’s make our neighborhood shine!

NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP: Saturday, April 8th

– Free cleaning supplies will be available at 10AM at the corner of 10th and Brookside in George Berry Park. Meet at the “Windsor Park” sign

– Trash Compactor Truck will be available to haul junk and trash from 12 Noon – 2:30. We will be walking through the neighborhood to pick-up trash during that time, so please set what you would like hauled away out on the curb.

– If you would like to help load the Trash Truck or if you know of something heavy that you want the Truck to go to, please meet at 10th and Brookside at 12 Noon.

Volunteers from Duvall Residential Center will be helping clean the area near Pogues Run early in the morning. If you are passing by, be sure to say thank you!


Raise a glass to your favorite librarian (Deb Ehret)!

Join the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and the Spades Park Branch Library at a special fundraising event in honor of National Library Workers’ Day!
$1 from every pint sold will benefit library programs and services at the Spades Park Branch, right here in the Windsor Park neighborhood. 

Tuesday, April 11th | 4pm-9pm | 21+ | Centerpoint Brewing @ 1125 E Brookside Ave

Other Things You Should Know…

If you have not checked out IDADA First Friday at Circle City Industrial Complex, (CCIC) you should! It is a great opportunity to visit the galleries, buy some local art, check out Ruckus, eat some Lick Ice Cream or get a pint from Centerpoint Brewing.

Indy Winter Farmers Market runs every Saturday morning from November-April and there are only 4 Saturdays left!

We have a new Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate, Olubunmi Ijose. She is very excited to work in our area and looks forward to meeting you at the May 17th WPNA Members’ Meeting (6:30 @ Spades Park Library).

Our Land Use Committee is reorganizing and will be having meetings. Our first meeting is set for Tuesday, April 18th @ 6:30 pm at Ruckus Maker Space in the CCIC.

On April 27th, join other neighbors from around the near east side as they work on the Quality of Life Plan at the Spring Near East Side Summit.  On the agenda… the House Life Project Mobile Garden, The Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School and Great Places 2020 Update.

 

What’s new + Winter 2017 Newsletter

Hello Friends and Neighbors.

Happy New Year! Our 2017 WPNA Board held our Annual Meeting on January 2nd and are looking forward to working with you to make our community stronger and more connected. The 2017 Board is: Justin Becht, Alaina Cutler (Secretary), Jen Eamon (President), Micah Hill, Matt Lamping, Alex Reiff (Vice President) and Kacie Schlegel (Treasurer). Anyone interested in joining a neighborhood Committee (Beautification, Health and Safety, Land Use, Finance) please shoot us an email or join at any of our neighborhood events.

We have included an advance copy of our neighborhood newsletter, the Windsor Park Wire- Winter 2017 (if copy does not appear below, please click the link). Inside, you will find information about upcoming events and membership.

You may notice that we have new meeting times and locations. Based on feedback from many of you who participated in the IUPUI SPEA study this fall, we are making our meetings more engaging and social, switching to a bi-monthly schedule and moving the meetings out into the neighborhood. Our January meeting will be held on 1/18/17, 6:30pm, at Ruckus Maker Space and Ashley Miller, our Mayor’s Neighborhood Advocate, will be conducting a land use listening session that will inform the City about what we want in Windsor Park (more details in the Wire). All are welcome. Bring a neighbor or friend.

We hope you will join us!

P.S. You can stay up to date on events and meetings that impact our community via the online calendar here on our neighborhood website. If you have event information or content to share that you would like included in either on our website or our Windsor Park Wire- Spring 2017, please send it to wearewindsorpark@gmail.com and we will do our best to get the word out.

Fall Clean-Up 10.15.16 10am-2:30pm

Hi neighbors. We hope you will join us on a beautiful fall day and help clean up our neighborhood.

We will start at Fletcher Park (12th and Arsenal) at 10am. We will have coffee, juice and Long’s donuts. Bags, gloves and maps showing trash drop off points for the packer truck will be distributed. This year, we are also planting tulip bulbs in our greenspaces that were donated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. General trash pick up and tulip planting runs from 10am-Noon. At noon, our packer truck will arrive at the “Triangle” greenspace at 12th, Sterling and Commerce. We will follow a set route to pick up the bags and also will visit the alleys to pick up dump sites. Anyone who would like to follow the packer truck and who has a dump site to report, please email us at wearewindsorpark@gmail.com.

Windsor Park Block Party This Saturday!

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Year 6 for the Windsor Park Block Party, our annual gathering in the street to celebrate our neighborhood. This year, we are moving the party over one block to the 1200 block of Sterling. We will have about the same amount of pavement but will gain the use of the little “Triangle” park.

This year’s live music includes: Keldon Snyder, Hobee Luv, Antique Power Division and Knot Brothers.

Cosmic Chrome Cafe General American Donut Company and Gordon’s Ice Cream will be there with their deliciousness. As is our tradition, Windsor Park Neighborhood Association will have a beer and wine tent, vendors, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk and street games like corn hole, ladder ball and bocce. New this year, we will have a futsal court.

Want to have a booth to share your organization’s info or sell your wares at the Block Party or know someone else who does? Now is the time to sign up! Complete the Vendor Application and please email it to wearewindsorpark@gmail.com. Payments may be also be made via PayPal. We will take applications until the Thursday before the event. Fee will be waived for non-profit booths and booths providing entertainment.

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Windsor Park Block Party 9/24- Save the Date!

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Year 6 for the Windsor Park Block Party, our annual gathering in the street to celebrate our neighborhood. This year, we are moving the party over one block to the 1200 block of Sterling. We will have about the same amount of pavement but will gain the use of the little “Triangle” park.

Cosmic Chrome Cafe and General American Donut Company will be there with their deliciousness. As is our tradition, Windsor Park Neighborhood Association will have a beer and wine tent.

Want to have a booth at the Block Party or know someone else who does? Now is the time to sign up! Complete the Vendor Application, mail it or email it (wearewindsorpark@gmail.com). Payments may be also be made via PayPal. Fee may be waived for non-profit booths and booths providing entertainment.

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Giving Native Bees Some Love

On April 16th 2016, a few Windsor Park neighbors gathered to build nesting houses for the native bees that work in Fletcher Park’s Native Field.

These houses are intended for solitary native bees (carpenter, mason and leaf cutter). Native bees are super pollinators and evolved in tandem with our native plants. These bees do not live in hives like our native bumble bees or the European honeybee. They create nests for their young in 5-7″ long tunnels, which they create or reuse in trees, houses, hollow stems of plants, fallen branches or brush piles. Each type of bee prefers a different type of tube and has a specific diameter they prefer for their nesting tubes.

Be nesting houses are simple to make (our youngest volunteer is “almost” three). We made the bee houses out of scrap lumber, a random glazed building block pulled from Pogues Run, bamboo, reeds, sticks and the hollow stems of plants at Fletcher Park. The various bees use different diameter holes for their nesting tubes but nearly all prefer a tube approximately 6″ deep, so we made sure to offer them this depth with the drilled holes and stems. The bee houses need to be placed in a sheltered location (fence, building, tree) and bees prefer the houses if they are facing east to south east. As soon as the houses were built, bees began moving in.

The female bee will create individual pods within each tube for each egg. She will clean out the tube and make sure it is the right diameter. Then, she creates a cake out of pollen and nectar, lays an egg and seals that section of tube with mud. This continues with cake/egg/seal until the tube is full. The female bee will lay the female eggs first, at the back of the tube, followed by the male eggs, nearer the opening. This ensures survival of the species as any eggs eaten by opportunistic predators, like woodpeckers, or parasites, like parasitic flies and wasps, will likely be males (sorry guys). The larvae develop over the summer and the bees will remain dormant from fall to early spring, when they emerge to start the cycle all over again.

You can find four of the houses on the east side of the large sycamore in the Native Field. The Native Field is the large planting bed located at the south west corner of the park, at 12th and East Brookside. Right now, the spring bulbs are up and our baby native plants are beginning to emerge.

Observing the bees is entertaining, as they pop in and out of the tubes. One neighbor took video of a bee working a tube the day the houses were made. We hope that other neighbors will visit and observe but not disturb the bees or the plants in the field.

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Spring Clean Up- Saturday April 2nd

The Windsor Park Spring Cleanup will occur on 4/2/16 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We will meet by the steps of the Spades Park library that morning at 10:00 a.m., have a short safety meeting, and do a group cleanup of Pogue’s Run near the new trail until 12:00 p.m. We will then disperse to our individual streets and alleys throughout the neighborhood. We may need some people to hit multiple streets or switch their area depending how many people we have participate. Children are encouraged to participate and we will have some smaller gloves for them to wear.

Starting at 12:00 p.m., we will have a packer garbage truck available to us that I lead around the area to pick up our trash bags and any large items. We have been provided gloves and trash bags by KIB, but we are in need of hand tools (shovels, grabbers, buckets, push brooms, etc), so if you have any of these items please bring them!

After we are complete, weather dependent we will meet at Spades Park for refreshments (I am working on a backup plan in case of weather). Buca di Beppo will be donating some pasta and bread for our volunteers. If anyone would like to contribute some additional food, drinks, or desert you are more than welcome to do so!

Please feel free to post any questions/comments on NextDoor or email me at brandonreed.br@gmail.com. Also, if anyone would like to post a copy of our flier, shoot me a message as I have some extras printed out.