Happy 2020 to all the neighbors and friends of the Old Northside! I am honored to be serving as the new President of the Old Northside Neighborhood Association (ONSNA) and to continue as the Secretary for the Old Northside Foundation (ONSF). Before we get too far into the new year, I want to take a moment to look back at all we did in 2019.
The Association’s Social Committee hosted monthly events ranging from progressive cocktail parties to pitch-ins at the park. Attendance was strong at each of these events. The Social Committee also teamed up with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to host a spring and fall clean up. Trash was picked up, strange things were found, curbs were cleaned, dumpsters were filled…and the ONS looked better as a result. I suspect some fun was also had in the process. To continue the efforts of keeping the ONS in tip top shape, the Association, along with generous neighbors, had stumps along the sidewalks removed , replaced missing or faded banners throughout the neighborhood and contributed to improvements in the medians and along the southside of 16th Street (Tinker Street) at the northwest edge of the neighborhood. The Land Use Committee also stayed busy with their continued commitment to the preservation of the ONS. I cannot forget the work of the Board Members and neighbors who have attended countless meetings and forums on behalf of the ONS to ensure our voice is heard in the I65/70 North Split Project.
The Foundation was also very busy in 2019. Significant tree pruning occurred in both Great Oak Commons and Shawn Grove Park. The lighting in Shawn Grove Park was converted to LED to take advantage of energy and cost savings as well as address some ongoing maintenance issues. The 2nd Annual Plunder in the Park raised $20,643.19 all while neighbors and friends had a great time sailing the seas on a pirate ship, listening to great music, and enjoying some local brews and eats. Repairs to the gazebo and upgrades to the restroom in Great Oak Commons began and will be completed as weather allows. Numerous volunteers helped add plants and bulbs multiple times throughout the year in both parks and at the Central Avenue art installations. All of that and more was done on top of the day-to-day general upkeep and maintenance of the parks.
I think it is safe to say that 2019 was a great year for the ONS. There is always room to improve so I am looking forward to what can be done in 2020. None of this would be possible without the support of our neighbors and friends. We are continuously grateful to those who dedicate time, money and other resources to make this neighborhood the best! Be sure to visit www.oldnorthside.org to learn more about our upcoming activities as well as way to get involved.
President – Old Northside Neighborhood Association
Secretary – Old Northside Foundation