Herron High School students and the Old Northside are joining resources to clean up and renew the planting beds at the intersection of Tinker (16 th ) and Pennsylvania Streets. The New Tinker Street Committee (NTSC) coordinated the combined effort by proposing to student leaders at Herron High School that they adopt the planting beds and give them a distinctive Herron appearance and identity. A group of students responded enthusiastically and are making plans to plant Black-eyed Susans, Lavender, Tiger Grass, Milkweed and Blazing Stars. The students are working with the School’s arts department to design decorations for the flower beds and borrowing planting supplies from the Herron Gardening Club. Tentative plans are to start work in early April.
There is a significant historic connection between Tinker Street and Herron High School. The Tinker family were early Indianapolis settlers and owned the land on which the School’s buildings now sit. The named the land and their home there “Talbot Place.” The family also owned an extensive amount of land in what is now the Herron-Morton Place neighborhood. Accordingly, Tinker Street was the original name of 16th Street.
The Tinker family donated Talbot Place to the Indianapolis Art Institute as its first home. John Herron later donated funds for construction of the main building that still stands prominently on Tinker Street.
The members of the student committee are Kaylin Johnson, Maddie Swank-Brooks, Jackson Bruce, Atsede Zemichael, Amaya Davis, Genesis Brown, Jaala Weaver-Young and Rylee Butcher. Their sponsor is Ms. Ashley Coulter.
The NTSC also arranged financial assistance for the student’s project from the Old Northside Neighborhood Association and Foundation. The two organizations have committed funding for 2019 – 2021. Some of the student’s work will be done on the Old Northside (south) side of Tinker Street. However, the project will include attention to the traffic island and south side planting bed immediately west of the intersection. These areas constantly need attention and long-term solutions to some maintenance problems.
This project is also part of Old Northside efforts to renew plantings and other identification markers at the neighborhood’s “gateways.” The NTSC hopes to coordinate similar cooperative projects with the many interests and entities along Tinker Street. One plan for the near future is to promote a similar adoption of the east end of Tinker Street by The Oaks Academy.
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