Old Southside Looks Fresh after 2017 Great Indy Cleanup

Welcome garden landscaping part of old southsde great indy cleanup

It’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.

– Dr. Seuss, The Lorax



The Indianapolis Old Southside hosted FIVE cleanup projects around the neighborhood on Saturday for the 2017 Great Indy Cleanup!  Over 75 volunteers showed up to support the event including local Indiana Rep. Justin Moed, as well as groups from Indiana Railroad Co and Mount Pleasant Christian Church.


If you don’t know about the Great Indy Cleanup, it’s Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s anti-litter program. KIB, in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, helps neighborhoods coordinate community cleanups and even provides the supplies!

The cleanup event hosted by the Old Southside Neighborhood Association (OSNA), aimed to beautify the gateways to the community. Neighbors weighed in to determine the 5 best project sites for the 2017 cleanup.

View the 2017 Old Southside Cleanup Project Map


Old Southside 2017 Great Indy Cleanup Project Photos

Project #1 – Pedestrian Bridge

The Pedestrian bridge is the east gateway to the Old Southside. This site was chosen for the Great Indy Cleanup due to the large amount of foot traffic this area sees daily. Located at the end of Palmer Street, the bridge allows safe crossing over Madison Avenue.

Jed Fuller of Mount Pleasant Christian Church led the cleanup efforts at Project #1. This site is home to an existing wildlife and nature preserve where his crew picked up trash, weeded, cleaned out gutters, and cut down crazy amounts of overgrown limbs and brush. The group plans to come back April 29th to finish beautification and spread mulch over the area.

Project #2 – Kenwood St | I-70 | Wilkins Street

This site is a main road through the Old Southside neighborhood. Cleanup efforts were focused on trash pickup and removing debris from the streets and gutters. The underpass area looks great thanks to the project led by Crystal Bridgewater.

Project #3 – 1419 S Capitol Avenue vacant lot

One big field, lots of trash! Thanks to the volunteers at Project #3, the lot that separates the residential and commercial properties in the area is a much cleaner place. The crew also tackled the alleyways along S. Illinois Street. The Capitol Ave project was led by local residents Richard & Donna.

Project #4 – S. Meridian Street

South Meridian is a heavily traveled main road through the Old Southside. OSNA President Judith Essex led the cleanup from Morris St north to Iozzo’sThat’s at Meridian & Ray Street if you don’t know, highly recommended! But I digress…

The volunteers at this site picked up trash along Meridian, and weeded & mulched the gardens at Sacred Heart Parish Hall. The area looks great thanks to our volunteers!

Project #5 – Welcome Garden at Meridian & Morris

The Welcome Garden got a major overhaul during the Old Southside Great Indy Cleanup. The project was led by Richard Essex & Jason Osborne who trimmed and transplanted rosebushes. Thanks to the crew from Indiana Railroad for weeding, planting flowers, and mulching the garden and area trees. We couldn’t have done it without your help!

Whats next for the Old Southside? How can I get involved?

The 2017 Old Southside Great Indy Cleanup was a huge success thanks to the help of our terrific volunteers and the support of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!

We’d love you to be a part of the progress, so here’s a few ways you can get involved!

  1. Come to Neighborhood Association meetings
  2. Adopt your block! Become an Adopt-a-Block Captain for your street (or Business!)
  3. Like the OSNA Facebook Page to learn about meetings, events, and all things #46225!


Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

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