Thriving GreenSpaces in Indianapolis
KIB’s AES Project GreenSpace program creates pocket parks in some of Indianapolis' highest-need areas. KIB works with multiple neighborhood-based groups to provide expertise and resources needed to turn vacant or unused lots into active, environmentally healthy community assets. Neighborhood groups contribute volunteer labor and a vision for their landscape, and KIB arranges for everything else, including plants, tools, materials, volunteers, landscape design, and project management.
Each GreenSpace project is a three-year partnership with community members, going from community engagement, design, and implementation of the pocket park (Year 1) to long-term care and stewardship (Years 2–3 and beyond).
GreenSpace projects advance community and environmental impact in Indianapolis neighborhoods. Following a formal application, site visits/interviews, and community input, KIB chooses projects based on the potential for placemaking, environmental and community impact, and lasting value.
Once a project is selected for implementation, KIB invites partners to a series of workshops on orientation and design, engaging neighbors and partners, and maintenance. Professional landscape architects work with the community to design beautiful, functional greenspaces. KIB then spends the next year helping bring the community’s vision to life!
In 2021 KIB will select a brand new cohort of GreenSpaces for the coming year. When you give to this campaign, you help us get that much closer to our goal of raising $6,000 in support of these new greenspace. Once our goal is met, we will be able to apply for an additional $50,000 through the Gannett Foundation's A Community Thrives campaign, which will help cover the substantial costs associated with installing these project.