Millersville at Fall Creek Valley, Inc. formed in 2009 to preserve and promote the natural beauty, fascinating history and diverse (30) neighborhoods of this northeast-side Indianapolis community. With a grant from the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) in 2010, residents toured our neighborhoods by trolley, got to know each other, learned Millersville’s proud history, and began to take action.
Our beautification team planted trees and, aided by the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) and grants from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB), converted huge crumbling-concrete lane dividers into awesome flowering medians. And, with more grants and awards, and Cathedral HIgh School's help, we began turning the pond at 56th Street and Fall Creek Parkway into a community pocket park.
Summer band concerts and a Café Market with live music, food trucks and seating beneath bright blue umbrellas created gathering spots for the residents of Millersville’s many neighborhoods. Smaller groups started meeting to bike and walk the Fall Creek Trail and to volunteer help with school projects to help our community teachers, staff and students.
In 2012, the city approved Millersville’s Village and Corridor Plan. Indianapolis city planners, residents and businesses agreed that our biggest needs were the revitalization of our village core, presence of a grocery store, traffic calming, sidewalks and trails to connect the neighborhoods and village with the Fall Creek Greenway. By the close of 2014, a sidewalk along the south side of 56th Street was built, the Fall Creek Trail was extended to Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park and a new Walmart Neighborhood Market opened in our village business district!
Over four years, we created the amazing Millersville at Fall Creek Preserve - an award-winning community park dedicated in 2016. It features water views, a plaza with a fascinating sculpture and benches, native plantings and more landscaping ~ all thanks to KIB, SustainIndy, the Indy Arts Council and lots of volunteers. Also in 2016, and in 2017, new restaurants opened in the village, an anti-litter campaign was launched, and new bike lanes were created to calm traffic and provide connectivity, both on Emerson Way and the newly resurfaced 56th Street.
Our persistence has earned both city and national awards and grants. We continue to come together as a community and get things done!