FALL CREEK PLACEMAKING
FAll Creek Leaf Jump
Is there any better way to celebrate fall than to jump into an enormous pile of leaves on the shore of the creek that shares the season’s name? This event was a partnership with Broadway Methodist church and their artists in residence. After raking the biggest leaf pile you’ve ever seen, we spent hours swan diving in. The Wagon of Wonders made an appearance and we made some leafy art projects. Families brought picnics, lounged in hammocks, and roasted marshmallows to go with their hot cider. The temporary activation of this location inspired residents and artists to understand the potential of their public space.
In collaboration with Sapphire Theatre Co. and Fall Creek Gardens, we developed a temporary outdoor community stage and a month of community programming for the neighborhood of Mapleton-Fall Creek. Programs included public speaking classes, yoga, self defense training, improv classes, community theater, children's exercise, and chess instructions. This pilot program helped us gather useful insights into how to adapt ideas and infrastructure for future plans.
Rethinking Our Streets Initiative
Working with the Indianapolis Department of Public Works, The Mapleton-Fall Creek Community Development Corporation, People for Bikes, and the Netherlands Bicycle Ambassador, this project reimagined a north side neighborhood's roadways as complete greenways. By planning, testing, collecting data and feedback, studying results, and permanently implementing changes, the goal is to find low cost/low risk solutions for creating neighborhood roadways suitable for pedestrians and cyclists as well as cars.
Photos: Kurt Nettleton