Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Ann Kreilkamp from the Green Acres Neighborhood Community Garden (GANG) will be the guest speaker at our Dec. 3 neighborhood meeting. She will be reporting (with pictures!) on the process that Green Acres has gone through to establish and maintain this garden, including the relationship that has unfolded with the city's planning department. Many Green Acres neighbors have consistently come together to make this garden a great success, and have even held a series of permaculture workshops to increase their knowledge & enhance the community aspect of the garden.
Check out their blog to learn more about the work they are doing:
Many neighbors in McDoel Gardens have expressed interest in the possibility of creating a community space of some sort in our own neighborhood (garden, compost, park, or otherwise). This presentation will be a good opportunity to hear about and consider the realities of executing & maintaining such a project. We hope to see you all there:
Thursday, December 3 @ 6:30 in the basement of the McDoel Baptist Church on the corner of Rogers & Allen
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
There will be fun activities for both kids & grown-ups.
It's a potluck, so feel free to bring a dish....
& it's a Halloween party, so wear a costume.....
(Don't like cooking, don't have a costume? Please come & hang out anyway!)
dog picture from HalloweenJoys.com
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
how we, as a neighborhood, can draw out a permanent sense of place and enhance it with things that really work for individuals -- like edible landscaping and home retrofits, but also communal centers for exchanging information/food/celebration/games, etc. She will also talk about resources and also how individuals can build resilient, sustainable homes that contribute to that neighborhood health we all want when we are invested in a place.
We will have the opportunity to brainstorm our own ideas for enhancing our community. Some neighbors have discussed the possibility of a community garden (we are McDoel Gardens, after all), and one of our next guest speakers will be from the Green Acres Neighborhood Garden.
Bring your ideas, along with your friends & neighbors to the meeting. We want to hear what you want to learn about in the upcoming workshops. From your input we will schedule the next speakers.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
This house was the home of Eathel Elkins, a longtime McDoel resident. Eathel lived in the house for more than 55 years and lived well beyond her 100th birthday. Eathel was originally from Elkinsville, which was one of the towns flooded to create Lake Monroe.
The house has been lovingly restored by Bloomington Restorations, Inc. with a new kitchen and bath and new appliances. Stop by the Open house for information, punch and cookies.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
(copied from the H-T Outdoor Calendar)
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Another PC meeting topic relevant to McDoel Gardens is the Bryan White project proposed for 223 W. Dodds St. It would involve a rezoning of 1.6 acres from commercial limited to a PUD, where the developers would build up to 20 single-family homes. This has been discussed on the blog in previous entries. For the report from the last Plan Commission meeting regarding the development, go to: http://bloomington.in.gov/documents/viewDocument.php?document_id=187.
Look in the right hand task bar, under 'Attachments,' & click on '8-31-2009.' Your plan commissioners will vote on this project at the October 5 meeting, so make your opinion heard. Currently Jack Baker and Isabel Piedmont-Smith sit on the commission, are your neighbors, and want to know what you think.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
This message is to inform you that there will be two public workshops to discuss the 10th Street Mobility Study (also referred to as the North Campus Area Study):
- Thursday September 10, 2009 from 11:30am-1:30pm in the auditorium of the Monroe County Public Library (303 E. Kirkwood Ave.);
- Getting there by bus: Bloomington Transit routes 1, 3, 4, or 5
- Parking: parking is available at the library or the adjacent streets
- Thursday September 10, 2009 from 5:00pm-7:00pm in Room CG2061 of the Kelley School of Business Graduate and Executive Education Center (NW corner of N. Fee Ln. and E. 10th St). Room CG2061 is on the second floor in the NW corner of the building.
- Getting there by bus: Bloomington Transit routes 1, 6, or 9; IU Campus Bus routes A, B, D, or E
- Parking: paid parking is available in the Fee Lane Parking garage (attached to the northern side of the Kelley School of Business)
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
You can still catch the broadcast of the Aug. 31 meeting on CATS local channel 12. Click here for this week's schedule.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Click http://www.conaonline.org/survey.html to take the survey.
The developers plan to use many eco-friendly building techniques and products, although some will be optional. Aesthetically, the homes will have varying traditional styles, as to reflect the surrounding neighborhood character. Also, 40-50% of the homes will be subsidized, allowing a greater range in affordability.
The project goes to the City of Bloomington Plan Commission on August 31, 2009, at 5:30 in Common Council Chambers in City Hall. The project will next have to go to City Council, likely in October. Attend and make your voice heard.
The boundaries of McDoel Gardens neighborhood are defined as:
On the north:
On the south:
The Indiana Railroad Line tracks immediately south of Hillside Drive
On the east:
CSX Railroad tracks and Morton Street
On the west:
Patterson Drive, excluding Maple Court; and Rogers Street between Patterson Drive and the south boundary
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
A branch of Clear Creek runs alongside and through McDoel Gardens, though until recently it looked more like a drainage ditch than a real creek. The reason for its transformation? McDoel resident Paul Ash spearheaded a plan to have the neighborhood "adopt" the creek through a program run by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Under the program, the section of the creek in McDoel is cleaned up twice a year. McDoel was the first neighborhood association to adopt a river or creek under the DNR's program.
The first several cleanups have been highly productive, with items such as grocery carts and car parts fished out by stoic volunteers. The creek has been so persistantly used as a dumping grounds over the years that clean-ups are still producing a large quantity of debris.
The winter creek clean-up has been aided by City of Bloomington's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day project grants, which have been used to provide gloves and bags and other supplies, and allowed use of dumpsters set up to receive the "loot."
The youth group at McDoel Baptist Church has generously contributed their labor and cheerful attitudes to the clean-ups, as well, another way in which the church stands out as a very good neighbor.
These photos show neighborhood and church volunteers braving January cold to clean up the creek on Martin Luther King Day.
The neighborhood associations applied for its first grant from the City of Bloomington's Neighborhood Assistance Grant program in 1999. This program, administered by the Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, provides funding for neighborhood projects.
The 1999 grant application was for purchase and installation of thirteen limestone planters, to be installed along South Rogers between First Street and the railroad tracks south of the old RCA building. The grant was awarded, and the neighborhood now has the planters in place, tended by neighborhood volunteers. The northern and southern most planters are inscribed with the words "Welcome to McDoel Gardens."
Another aspect of the 1999 grant was the creation of a historical marker for the neighborhood, to be placed in the small traffic triangle at the corner of Madison and Patterson, and two limestone benches. The traffic triangle was created during the expansion of Patterson Drive through our neighborhood, and was finished and landscaped in April and May 2001. The historical marker and accompanying limestone bench were installed in July of 2001, with due ceremony. The second bench is located next to one of the planters on the Raintree Muffler property at Rogers and Patterson.
A current grant project is underway to steel-cut benches to provide seating at a bus stop on South Rogers. Summer 2003 is the target date for installation.