Pogue’s Run

pogues-run-2-0Pogue’s Run begins just north of 38th Street on Lennington Drive and flows southwest through the Near Eastside when it enters a box culvert at New York Street and continues underground where travels through downtown Indianapolis and into the White River at Kentucky Avenue. ROW is focusing along Pleasant Run from 21st Street to Interstate 70 which includes the Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan community.

 

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ROW / CICF Grant Open

Through generous support from the Indianapolis Foundation/ Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) ROW is able to forward our mission by offering a new grant. The grant round is for $50,000 and the application is available to any of our Waterway or Element committees. There is no minimum ask for the grant but the maximum amount that can be requested per application is Read More…

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Success Story: Pogue’s Run Rest Stops

With a focus on aesthetics and creative placemaking, the areas bordering Pogue’s Run waterway and trail – including a park, neighborhood, and school – have been transformed. Through a partnership with Williams Creek Management and funded by the Kresge Foundation, Reconnecting to Our Waterways worked with local artists and community members to create three rest Read More…

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Reconnecting to Our Waterways Awards $250,000 to Improve Three of Indy’s Waterways and Beyond

INDIANAPOLIS – Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) recently awarded grants totaling $250,000 for creative placemaking projects and programming along three Indianapolis waterways of focus to the collective impact initiative – Fall Creek, Central Canal and Pogue’s Run. A portion of the funding has been awarded to ROW’s Ecology Committee as well. These creative placemaking projects Read More…

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Placemaking with Art and Science [VIDEO]

  During the last round of grants to support creative placemaking along Indianapolis’ waterways, Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) awarded $60,000 for system-wide waterway interpretation and education. Managed by The daVinci Pursuit, the funding was used to underwrite temporary, movable and adaptable artistic and educational installations placed along each waterway to increase awareness. The pilot Read More…

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Education Committee Focuses on Five Levels of Interpretation

Reconnecting to Our Waterways is focused on holistic solutions that integrate six related elements. Each element has a taskforce to identify and support projects connected to each waterway. At the January ROW Steering Committee meeting, Mark Kesling, co-chair of the Education Element Committee and founder of The daVinci Pursuit, presented on the Committee’s commitment to Read More…

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ROW Initiates PLAN 2020 Implementation Partnership

  The Indianapolis Plan 2020 is a strategic planning effort led by Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) and the Department of Metropolitan Development to make Indianapolis a better place to live, work and visit. This comprehensive plan lays out initiatives to be completed by the 2020 bicentennial. As an action-oriented collective, Reconnecting to Our Waterways Read More…

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Mystery Placemaking Experiment!

  Have I piqued your interest?  I hope so! Come out to the Canal at the corner of Illinois and Westfield this Thursday, September 10th, 5:30 pm to engage trail users in a unique and surprising way! We hope to spread a little joy and whimsy while hopefully inspiring future thoughtful use of our Canal Trail! See you out Read More…

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ROW Seeks Six Lead Artists for Creative Placemaking

Reconnecting to Our Waterways is seeking six Lead Artists, one for each ROW waterway in Indianapolis (Central Canal, Fall Creek, Little Eagle Creek, Pleasant Run, Pogues Run and the White River). Although it is preferable for the artist to reside within one of the waterway areas, it is not required. Lead Artists will work with the ROW Creative Placemaker Read More…

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Progress on Pogue’s Run [VIDEO]

  Check out our latest video about plans along Pogue’s Run on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. In March, Pogue’s Run waterway received $72,260 for “Pogue’s Run Rest Stops: A Reason to Pause” through funding from The Kresge Foundation and Central Indiana Community Foundation. In addition, the City of Indianapolis is leveraging $500,000 through the Department Read More…

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Capture Our Waterways Photo Contest

Announcing the CAPTURE OUR WATERWAYS photo contest! Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) is asking YOU to capture the beauty of Indianapolis’ waterways with your own images. Indianapolis has beautiful waterways that have been overlooked by many for several decades. ROW aims enrich the livability of Indianapolis and the well-being of residents by refocusing on our local waterways and key Read More…

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Meet the ROW Creative Placemaker

Big Car Collaborative has hired Alan Goffinski as ROW Creative Placemaker to implement high-quality, creative placemaking programming at ROW destinations. The position is supported by a grant funded by the the Kresge Foundation and Central Indiana Community Foundation. A lifelong artist, outdoorsman and community enthusiast, Goffinski says the role stokes some of his deepest values and Read More…

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ROWciprocity

David Forsell of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful reminds us of the power of collective impact and how that model is working to help Indy reconnect to its waterways. David calls this “ROWciprocity”. Listen to his throughts in this video from ROWport 2015.

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ROW and Partners Introduce Indy Brownfield Accelerator Program

ROW’s Economic Committee, Great Places 2020 and LISC’s Fostering Commercial Urban Strategies (FOCUS) program have brought together professional industry leaders to host a series of technical assistance sessions to help fast track the redevelopment of brownfields around Indianapolis. If you have a property that you are interested in developing but are concerned that it maybe Read More…

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Changes in ROW Leadership

Since Reconnecting to Our Waterways started in 2012, we have been blessed with great partners, volunteers and – in recent history – backbone staff navigating the mission of our collective impact initiative. Effective April 1, Corrie Meyer has accepted the role as ROW’s new collective impact director. You may have noticed Corrie in IBJ’s most Read More…

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[NEWS RELEASE] ROW AWARDS $232,260 FOR CREATIVE PLACEMAKING ON INDIANAPOLIS’ WATERWAYS

Funding from Kresge Foundation and Central Indiana Community Foundation will support projects, programming and education along six waterways INDIANAPOLIS – Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) awarded grants totaling $232,260 for creative placemaking projects, programming and artist training along all six waterways of focus to the collective impact initiative – Central Canal, Fall Creek, Little Eagle Read More…

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[NEWS RELEASE] RECONNECTING TO OUR WATERWAYS TO HOST ROWPORT 2015: THE RIPPLE EFFECT ON MARCH 13

Annual event will celebrate the power of collective impact on Indianapolis’ waterways and neighborhoods INDIANAPOLIS – Local community, business and non-profit leaders will celebrate the collective impact of the Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) initiative at ROWport 2015: The Ripple Effect on Friday, March 13, at the Eiteljorg Museum. Registration for the third annual event Read More…

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[News Release] City Leverages More Than $6 Million for 2015 Projects Along Five Waterways

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development, along with the Department of Public Works and Reconnecting to Our Waterways, announced plans today to invest $6.16 million next year in projects aimed at revitalizing neighborhoods along five of the city’s major waterways. The funding is a mixture of local and federal public funding as well as Read More…

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Brownfield Redevelopment Through Insurance Cost Recovery

Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) is focused on holistic solutions that integrate six elements – aesthetics, connectivity, ecology, economics, education, and well-being – into its projects and programs around the waterways.

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Be a ROW Citizen Scientist

Here’s a great opportunity to get involved with ROW – volunteer to be a ROW Citizen Scientist! The ROW Citizen Scientist team will collect data and help track the impact of the ROW initiative. This data will be used to inform future activities, plans and programs along the waterways. There are four types of volunteer activities for Read More…

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News Release: Indianapolis DMD and ROW seek proposals to award $1.16M for community development building and creative placemaking

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development and Reconnecting to Our Waterways are seeking proposals for neighborhood improvement projects near Indy waterways. Organizations may apply for a total of $1.16 million, which has been contributed by Community Development Building Grants ($1 million) and Reconnecting Our Waterways ($160,000). Six Indy waterways are slated for projects, Read More…

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Kresge Grant Application FAQs

Since the Launch: Creative Placemaking workshop on April 19 and the first round of funding from the Kresge grant, we have received several questions about funding opportunities for artists and creative placemaking projects. Learn more about creative placemaking: http://reconnectingtoourwaterways.org/about/creative-placemaking. How can I apply for Kresge funding? Individuals and individual organizations are ineligible for ROW’s Kresge funding. Read More…

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ROW’s 2013 Collective Impacts

Content: ROW highlights the 2013 accomplishments of the initiative and its partner organizations, read on to learn how 2013 was a year of engagement, planning, and action for our waterways. ROW 2013 Accomplishments (PDF)

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ROW RECEIVES $1.35 MILLION FROM NATIONAL KRESGE FOUNDATION PLUS $300K LOCAL MATCH

RECONNECTING TO OUR WATERWAYS (ROW) INITIATIVE RECEIVES $1.35 MILLION FROM NATIONAL KRESGE FOUNDATION PLUS $300K LOCAL MATCH Three-year grant will support projects that engage residents and artists to create vibrancy in neighborhoods INDIANAPOLIS – In late November, the Kresge Foundation awarded Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) $1.35 million over three years (2014-2016) as part of Read More…

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Reconnecting to Our Waterways (video)

Reconnecting to Our Waterways is a collaborative initiative to embrace the waterways that weave our neighborhoods together.

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Every Litter Bit Helps Video Contest

Did you know it’s illegal to litter in Marion County? If you’re caught tossing litter, the police can stop you and issue a warning or fine you $45 to $500. Rather than only focus on the penalties, IMPD partnered with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to help change the city’s attitude about littering, with a focus on Read More…

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ROWport 2012

The 2012 ROWport highlights the first year of the initiative as well as the priorities moving forward. Download the 2012 ROWport. Presentation of Destination Locations by Know No Stranger

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ROW-related projects for Lilly Global Day of Service

A majority of Eli Lilly and Company’s 8,000 employees volunteering on its upcoming fifth Global Day of Service will be working on ROW-related projects, such as: Ivy Tech & Fall Creek – Fall Creek Parkway from N. Senate Ave to 39th & Fall Creek Nearly 2,500 employees will be picking up litter, removing invasive plants, Read More…

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Lilly’s Fifth Global Day of Service Focuses on Local Waterways

INDIANAPOLIS – Thousands of employees from Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY), in a sea of red T-shirts – and other volunteers from numerous neighborhoods, nonprofits and businesses – will work from dawn to dusk on Thursday, October 11, as part of Lilly’s fifth Global Day of Service. Work primarily will be focused along six Read More…

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Reconnecting to Our Waterways Update

Here’s a brief overview of what’s happened since the March 9 charrette. THANK YOU for bringing your time, talent and energy to this ever growing, ever evolving, exciting citywide initiative. Your continued interest and engagement in the Reconnecting to Our Waterways initiative is essential for realizing transformation in our city! WE NEED YOU! We have Read More…

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Idea Factory Extension

We’re closing in on 100 ideas in the Reconnecting to Our Waterways Idea Factory, and have more than 230 users now participating in the sharing and commenting of ideas! We’ve had several requests to keep the system open so neighborhood stakeholders can continue to submit, promote, and provide feedback on ideas, and in response we’re Read More…

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Grassroots Coalition Launches Reconnecting to Our Waterways Initiative

A grassroots movement to improve several waterways that converge in the heart of Indianapolis is gaining strong momentum. A recently formed coalition of community and business leaders has launched an effort called Reconnecting to Our Waterways: The Science of a Better City. The group – with input from Indianapolis residents – seeks to boost the Read More…

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