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Indianapolis Greenways Partnership Receives INASLA Award

INDIANAPOLIS, In. (August 12, 2020)- Today, the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects announced the recipients of their 2020 Design Awards. We are pleased to share that the Indianapolis Greenways Partnership and its 12-month Pilot Project was among the projects recognized in their virtual Awards Presentation. Each year the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (INASLA) recognizes outstanding projects completed by individuals or organizations located in the State of Indiana. These awards are given in an effort to raise standards of excellence, heighten public appreciation of quality landscape architecture, and expand public awareness of the profession and ASLA.

Indianapolis Greenways Partnership: Pilot Programming Project was recognized with an Honor Award in the Communications category. This category recognizes achievements in communicating landscape architecture information, technology, theory, or practice to those within or outside the landscape architectural profession. Typical entries may include: published or written documents such as books, articles, videos, and audio recordings of presentations on landscape architecture history,art, or technology; educational material intended for the non-technical consumer; events or public service; or material that increases awareness of landscape design, environmental, or conservation issues.

The Indianapolis Greenways Partnership, a partnership between Indianapolis Parks Foundation, the City of Indianapolis, and Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group, was established to promote awareness and engagement with the Indianapolis Greenways System. The Partnership’s efforts are based upon the premise that providing broad opportunities for residents to engage with the greenways helps to build lifelong advocates, support, and demand for continued investment in the greenway system, especially with underserved user groups. In 2018-2019, the Partnership undertook a 12-month pilot project which included over 22 programs that provided meaningful engagement opportunities for users of all ages, incomes, and demographic types. Programs were developed, facilitated, and documented in the areas of Health, Fitness & Wellbeing; Cultural Enrichment & Engagement; Education & Awareness; and Commercial Engagement.

Throughout the duration of the pilot program, development processes and costs were documented. Digital support infrastructure and online tools were developed for use by the Partnership. Collateral materials were created to support the programming efforts, and more community partnerships were established to help plan, lead, or provide technical guidance to various program events. The final Pilot Programming Summary Report included information about how the structure of the organization was set up and operated, the planning process for all programs, the costs and labor hours for each program, and the return on the investment. Legacy initiatives that were developed as part of the programming initiatives include Central Indiana Girl Scouts and Boy Scout badge program, Art on the Greenways tours, engagement with senior and youth programming offerings, Walk with a Doc program, and seasonal programming, including a Solstice Walk and Winter Family Hike.

The Greenways Partnership has demonstrated the local demand for programming experiences on Indy Greenways, and the documented work provides a blueprint that will be used for years to come for future programming in Indianapolis.

Its always good to be recognized by professional peers for the value and quality of your work and we are excited to receive this designation. This is the second time in the last several months our work has been recognized by our professional organizations. Last month we shared that the Greenways Partnership had been recognized as a “planning best practice” by the Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). You can watch the video presentation of the award below (the Greenways Partnership begins at about 9:20 into the video).

Congratulations to all of our Partners who contributed in this success.

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