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Joyce M
201 and 209 W. 33rd
(Crown Hill)
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Photos of our Summer BBQ

the project

Help us put the park in Historic Meridian Park!

Historic Meridian Park invites you to help us create a “pocket park” – an attractive, low-maintenance green space where residents and our friends can gather to chat, play, read, and reap the benefits of fresh air and nature. 

Our pocket park is being developed in the heart of the neighborhood on two adjacent lots on 33rd Street between Pennsylvania Street and Washington Boulevard.  Our park will provide an imaginative “play station” and stump course for children, benches for reading and chatting, an outdoor movie area, and a shelter for picnics and other social gatherings. It will be landscaped with drought-tolerant native plants.

The design of this neighborhood park is a result a collaborative process between Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Ball State and our neighbors! Learn more about the ideation of this new greenspace by watching the PLAYscape video and in our photo gallery. 

Our team is working in partnership with the Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corp (MFCDC).  The MFCDC will play an essential role as our fiscal sponsor and manage the tax deductible funds raised through our campaign to build the park. 


the steps

Thanks to several generous individuals and grants, we have secured the property, built our play station and stump course, installed an outdoor bench that will double as an outdoor movie screen, built a brick column entrance, and landscaped the park with drought-tolerant native perennials and trees. We have also installed a fence and are preparing to build our shelter.

Additional steps include:

Pour concrete floor for shelter

Pour concrete walks to provide accessibility to all areas of the park

Add a toddler swing

Purchase 2 additional benches

Provide an outdoor grill

Purchase of solar lanterns to sit on top of brick columns

Purchase of stains for wood PlayStation, shelter, and movie bench with screen

why we're doing it

Historic Meridian Park interviewed 35 representatives of our 200-household neighborhood to see what their priorities and needs are as part of a quality of life plan. The need for green space was second only to bringing more businesses to our area. Despite the “park” in our neighborhood’s name, we had no green space!

Our Pocket Park will serve as a shared front porch or backyard – a place where neighbors can gather to share their lives and get to know one another better in the beauty of nature. It’s the historic neighborhood definition of “social networking.” We’d love your help!

To learn more about our partner, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, and the over 500 annual community improvement projects it supports visit: 


We are looking forward to getting the shelter completed.
We want to thank all of the people that made this project a huge success. Come by ann enjoy the park!


Disbursed Budget:

shelter floor: $2,500

concrete walkways: $1,200

3 benches: $600

clear sealer for play station and shelter: $400

toddler swing: $300

tools and supplies for the maintenance of the gardens in the park: $58.25

RAISED = $5,245.00
 less ioby Platform Fee  $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $151.75


Original Budget:

shelter floor: $2,500

concrete walkways: $1,200

3 benches: $600

clear sealer for play station and shelter: $400

toddler swing: $300

subtotal: $5000

SUBTOTAL = $5,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
3rd Party Payment Processing Fee (3%) $150



Photos of our Summer BBQ

Thanks to everyone who came out, with their side dishes in hand, to our Summer BBQ last Saturday.  Check out a few of our photos of our neighbors enjoying our Pocket Park!




Work and play in our pocket park!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Anonymous
  • Sharon Gamble
  • JoAnn & Bob Giannini
  • Erica Stout & Nick Wright
  • Ben & Abby Nicol
  • The Blanes
  • Scott and Emily McCelland
  • The Patricks
  • Carmer Watson Properties
  • Alisha V.
  • Tom Battista
  • Lee & Mark
  • Ryan N.
  • Anonymous
  • Paula Politt
  • Justin Garrett Moore
  • Joyce L. Moore