Dear All,Below is the information about my next Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 13th, at Flanner anan Community Center located 2950 N. High School Road.  We will be doing a “Meet & Greet” time from 5:30 p.m. –
6:00 p.m. and the presentation will start 6:00 p.m. and last for about 45 minutes.  Please feel free to Forward this information on to your friends and neighbors who might not be on my email list.  While we usually do distribute over 7,000 cards throughout the district, we do not get everywhere.  I  do appreciate the help with getting the word out.  Thanks so much and hope to see you there.Sincerely,Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

Councillor Janice McHenry’s
Quarterly Town Hall Meeting

Criminal Justice Center
Why do we need it?  What are the advantages?  What is the condition and
what are the pitfalls of the current arrangements?  What is the cost?
These questions and more will be answered at on:
Monday, April 13th
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Meet & Greet
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – Presentation
Flanner and Buchanan Community Center
2950 N. High School Road


Deputy Chief of Staff, David Rosenberg will speak about the proposad
Criminal Justice Center and what this means to our County as a whole.Join other interested citizens and learn more about this issue.

 

Monday, April 13th
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Meet & Greet
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – Presentation
Flanner and Buchanan Community Center
2950 N. High School Road


Deputy Chief of Staff, David Rosenberg will speak about the proposad
Criminal Justice Center and what this means to our County as a whole.
Join other interested citizens and learn more about this issue.

 

 

Dear All,If you have been out to Eagle Creek Park this week and traveled on the east side of the park, you may have wondered what was going on.   It should be a long range improvement for the park and for our drainage and water system in the area as a whole.Sincerely,Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

media release

for immediate release
MARCH 26, 2015

media contact:
Benjamin Easley
Public Information Officer
Department of Public Works
(317) 327­-4669
benjamin.easley@indy.gov

 RESTORATION AT EAGLE CREEK PARK

INDIANAPOLIS – Recently named a Top 10 City for Wildlife by the National Wildlife Federation, Indianapolis will designate 120 acres of land and plant 11,000 native trees for wetland restoration at Eagle Creek Park in the next two ths. The project is coordinated by the City’s Land Stewardship team, Department of Parks and Recreation, Office of Sustainability, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“Eagle Creek Park is home to both rare and common animals and plants,” says Indy Parks Director John Williams. “This wetland restoration will restore what was once farmland to a natural area that will provide wildlife habitat for generations to come.”

During the next two months, a project area at the southeast corner of Eagle Creek Park will be selectively cleared, planted with seedlings, and protected with a temporary fence. The fence will keep new tree and shrub seedlings safe from over-browsing animals for a period of three years. It will be constructed to leave a trail corridor for park visitors and wildlife to continue to pass through the area. This first phase of the project will be funded and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Several park trails will be temporarily rerouted while workers clear and plant the project area, located just north of 56th Street and west of I-465. Park visitors should look for detour signs on the Orange and Green trails.

After the 3-year phase of vegetation control, the protective fence will be removed, and the longer process of ecological restoration will begin. The City’s Land Stewardship team hopes that the recovery process will bring back a natural ecosystem called ‘flatwoods’ to the park. The ongoing project will provide additional breeding habitat for wildlife which have been on the decline throughout the eastern United States due to habitat loss. The restoration will also reduce stormwater discharge, leading to a decrease in downstream flooding and an increase in overall water quality.

The 120 acres of land dedicated to wetland restoration is in addition to approximately 620 acres already in management at Eagle Creek Park to maintain and restore native, natural features. The park’s programs also include many environmental education opportunities at its Earth Discovery Center and Ornithology Center.

Visit indy.gov/eaglecreek or call (317) 327­-7148 to learn more about Eagle Creek Park educational programs and upcoming conservation opportunities, such as the Great Indy Cleanup at Eagle Creek Park on Saturday, April 11.

 

APOLIS – Recently named a Top 10 City for Wildlife by the National Wildlife Federation, Indianapolis will designate 120 acres of land and plant 11,000 native trees for wetland restoration at Eagle Creek Park in the next two . The project

Dear All,

It is that time of year again when neighborhoods, churches, and other organizations will be participating in “The Great Indy Cleanup”.  As we have done the past several years, I, along with Eagle Creek Park’s manager, have organized cleaning up from the Eagle Creek Park Office west along the causeway on 56th Street to Raceway Road.  As this is a long area, a lot of trash gets accumulated along there over time, and it is hard to clean up unless there is a group and we have police officers to calm the traffic.  Again this year we are privileged to have a couple of our local police officers to help us with traffic.  We will have trash bags, gloves and drinking water at this event, so all we need now is YOU!!!!  We would love to have over 50 people show up on Saturday, April 11th, at 9 a.m., at which time you may sign in either at the Park Office on the east side of the reservoir or at the “Bear” on the west side.  It would be great to have an  idea of how many people we will have show up that day.  You may either contact Brittany at Eagle Creek Park (her contact information is on the attached flyer) or reply to me from this email.  More information is attached to this email.

I hope that many of you who live in the area will be able to come out that day, but remember you do not have to be a resident along 56th Street to participate.  Most of this area (causeway and land on both sides of the causeway, as well as the entire north side of 56th Street) is part of Eagle Creek Park.  It is also a major gateway into Marion County that many people drive every day.  I hope that many of you will join me in taking pride in this part of the westside of Indianapolis.

Please pass this information on to others who may be interested.  I appreciate your help in spreading the word!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

Dear All,There are two Easter Egg Hunts this Saturday for children in our area.  The first one is the Clermont Lions Club’s annual Easter Egg Hunt at 11:00 a.m. in Lions Club Park on Tansel Road.  Information for that one is below.  The second one is put on by the Eagledale Neighborhood Association at 1:00 p.m. in Bowman Park behind School 79 off W. 34th Street.  A flyer for that one is attached.The boys and girls always have a great time as they rush around to gather eggs.  Please feel free to forward this information on to others who have children or grandchildren and may be interested in taking them to one of these hunts for a lot of fun!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

 

Dear All,

March is half over, spring officially begins this weekend, flowers are beginning to come up; however, there is also the major problem of litter that has accumulated over the winter.  Many of you have participated in the “Great Indy Cleanup” in the past, either with your neighborhood or with another group.  It is time to do those cleanups once again.  I already know of a couple of neighborhoods that have set their dates and times.  We will also be doing a major cleanup along 56th Street from the Park Office, across the causeway, and ending at Raceway Road.  This will be on April 11th, with more information  following on this soon, and I hope many of you will “save this date”.

Why I am writing today is to encourage many of your neighborhoods to get involved in your own cleanup.  The information from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) is below.  If April does not work into your neighborhood schedule, you may schedule it later (such as May or June) or even yet this month (as one neighborhood in our area is doing).  This would also be a great opportunity for your church, scout troops, clubs, etc. to organize a clean up in an area close to you that needs some TLC or in one of our parks.  While I know your neighborhoods would want to do your own road frontage, common grounds, etc., if you have a church group, scout troop, or any other organization that would like to have some ideas of where there needs to be some work done, I would be glad to give you some ideas.

I hope that your neighborhood will become involved in “The Great Indy Cleanup”.  I hope that many of you will help as well with some of the larger cleanups that are out there, including the one April 11th on 56th Street.  Remember, you do not have to be part of an organized cleanup to help.  You can pick an area and clean it up near where you live on your own.  Also, a huge help on an ongoing basis is to take a plastic bag that you have brought home from a store with you when you walk the dog, go out on your daily walk, etc. and fill it up with trash.  If everyone would do just a little it would make a huge difference in the area.

Below is the information from KIB (Keep Indianapolis Beautiful) on how to register your group, how to volunteer for a cleanup in progress, how to post photos, and where you can get trash bags and gloves during the month of April.  It would be great if everyone would get involved in one way or another with “The Great Indy Cleanup!”

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

 

The April Great Indy Cleanup Event is right around the corner!

The 2015 Great Indy Cleanup season kicks off in April.  This is KIB’s largest event of the year, and we hope YOU will join the fun! Last April, 208 neighborhoods coordinated cleanups with the help of over 7,000 volunteers, collecting 557 tons of litter and illegal dumping, along with dozens of beautifications!

There are THREE ways you can participate in the April Great Indy Cleanup Event:

  1. Coordinate a community cleanup: Find the date of your community cleanup, and complete the required request form to receive resources for your community cleanup.
  2. Volunteer: Join a cleanup already in progress as an individual or a group to help a neighborhood with their cleanup. Visit KIB’s Project Calendar to sign-up.
  3. See Litter? Take a photo then pick it up! When picking up litter in your neighborhood, be sure to post a photo on #Instagram and help us fill a digital dumpster! Those who post with the hashtag #EveryLitterBitHelps will be eligible to win a prize every day in April!  If you need trash bags and gloves, visit your neighborhood Indianapolis Public Library any day in April. Because Every Litter Bit Helps!

Contact Tammy Stevens at tstevens@kibi.org with any questions.

 

 

Tammy Stevens

Program Manager

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.

1029 E. Fletcher Ave., Ste. 100

Indianapolis, IN  46203

o:  317.264.7555 x116

tstevens@kibi.org

Dear All,

Attached is an event coming up Friday evening, March 20th, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Earth Discovery Center in Eagle Creek Park.  It is titled “Birds with Kevin Carlsen” and, with his expertise on birds, it should be very interesting.  While this is a Membership Event for the Eagle Creek Park Foundation, it is for members, volunteers, and guests as well.  They are asking for an RSVP by March 18th at eaglecreekpark.org.  Sounds like a fun evening.  Remember, if you do not have an annual pass there is a $5 per car fee to enter the park for Marion County Residents and $6 for non-residents.  Foundation memberships and annual gate passes will also be available that evening.  For more information see the attached flyer.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

On March 14th the Speedway had their fifth annual “State of the Town” program.  Included in the program were the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway Public Schools, along with a review of 2014 Town activities and looking ahead to 2015.  After the program, the President of Speedway Town Council, David Lindsey,  posed with Indianapolis City-County Councillor Janice McHenry.DSC03744

The 2015 IPL Mayor’s Lunch for Parks was recently held.  Councillor Janice McHenry and Eagle Creek Park Manager Brittany Davis posed with a “Turtle” that is designed for playgrounds.  Can you imagine how much fun boys and girls could have crawling around on this or other “native critters”?
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Councillors Janice McHenry and Bob Lutz  both were at the Park Comprehensive Plan Meeting at Krannert Park.  They had been looking at informational posters and talking with Don Colvin from Indy Parks (between McHenry and Lutz) when they posed for the picture.  Councillor McHenry also attended the meeting in Pike Township to hear what constituents had to say at both of these meetings.

Speedway Lions Club recently had their big Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser.  City-County Councillors Janice McHenry and Marilyn Pfisterer and Speedway Town Councilor Gary Raikes pose for the camera at this function.

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Dear All,

This week the last of the 1st round of the Park Comprehensive Plan Public Meetings will be held.  I attended the one last week at Krannert Park and was pleased at the number of people who were in attendance and interacted with discussions and participation.  We have another meeting close to us on Tuesday, March 10th, at the Pike Township Small Claims Court, located at 5665 Lafayette Road from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  I hope that many more of you will be able to make this one, and that we have an even larger group of people who voice what they would like to see in the future at our Indianapolis Parks.

This is your opportunity to talk with those who will be forming a plan for what improvements will be made for our park system.  Are there programs you would like to see offered?  What are your priorities for how our dollars are spent?  Do you have ideas on how we can “stretch our money further”?  Let your voice be heard.

You do not have to attend the one closest to you, if that does not work into your schedule.  There are 5 meetings this week, and you may attend any of them.  They are:

Monday –  March 9th – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Warren Township – World Sports Park – 1313 S. Post Road  &
Lawrence Township – Sterrett Center – 8950 Otis Ave.

Tuesday – March 10th – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Pike Township – Pike Township Small Claims Court – 5665 Lafayette Road (north east corner of 56th Street and Lafayette Road behind the gas station)

Wednesday – March 11th – 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Center Township – Old City Hall – 202 N. Alabama &
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Center/Perry Township – Garfield Park Burello Family Center – 2345 Pagoda Drive

You may get more information about this plan as well as make comments if you cannot attend a meeting by going to www.planindyparks.com & www.planindyparks.org.

Hope to see many of you Tuesday night.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6