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Through this ambitious beautification project, we transformed an acre of land along Fall Creek that was once a weed-infested eyesore into a picturesque setting for relaxation and recreational use – and a source of pride for all of the neighborhoods in the Millersville area.

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We completed extensive clearing of invasive and other undesirable plants around the pond and Fall Creek Trail, and park landscaping. We implementing a multi-year maintenance plan to prevent regrowth of invasives and to continue the planting of native grass seed and native flowers and trees.

 

The pond has been environmentally stabilized with bioengineered walls and provides a natural habitat for native fish and wildlife – a fisherman’s delight!

 

The Preserve also includes a pocket park, thanks to a Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) / IPL Greenspace grant. It provides a rest stop for those on the Greenway trail or walking through our community on East 56th Street. There are benches on a round concrete plaza, scored with etchings reminiscent of a grindstone used at Millersville grist mills in the early 1800s. In the center stands a remarkable limestone sculpture, by Indiana artists Amy Brier and Sharon Fullingim, which also recalls the essence of Millersville’s history as a mill town. This art in the park was underwritten with funding from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and KIB.

 

This incredible project was made possible by our partnership with KIB, and with support through multiple grants, other donations and countless hours of work provided by scores of enthusiastic volunteers. Many thanks to all who helped make this happen!

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Millersville at Fall Creek Preserve

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