Through the Historic Meridian Park Neighborhood Association, many programs and activities are planned throughout the year. Due to residents' busy schedule, the Association holds few general resident meetings each year. (Notification of these meeting is posted on the neighborhood website and communicated through email and signage in strategic spots throughout the neighborhood.) The Association coordinates numerous programs with the assistance of Neighborhood volunteers, including:
- Safe Neighborhood Awareness Program (our version of crime watch),
- Alley Cleanups,
- Alliance for Senior Advocacy Program (assisting neighbors age 62+ with things like applying for winter assistance, grocery shopping, light cleaning, home repairs, etc.),
- Gardening efforts for public spaces, and
- annual Social Events, such as the New Neighbors Reception, Cajun Brunch, Summer Barbeque, Fall Festival, and Holiday Party.
We offer lots of opportunities for involvement.
Each December at the Association's Annual Meeting, residents elect a nine member board. Basic Association dues are $10 per year, and for those who can afford a higher level of support, patron-level dues are $25, $50 and $100. Dues go toward gardening materials for public space, social events, signage, Historic Urban Neighborhood of Indianapolis (HUNI) Association dues and Board meeting materials, postage, and advertising for our bi-annual garage sale among other items.
- Tour of Homes Reflecting and Connecting (June 2010),
- Wine Tastings (April & August 2010), and
- Participation in a Quality of Life Planning initiative through LISC's GINI program.
We have a limited number of businesses which sit within Historic Meridian Park. These business are predominantly service-oriented organizations, including:
- Collar Me Happy,
- Mapleton Fall Creek Development Association,
- Mapleton Center for Health, Fitness & Nutrition, including:
- Mapleton Medical Center,
- Mapleton Diagnostic Center,
- Mapleton Wellness Center,
- Mapleton Pain Center-Bethesda Clinical Research PA Labs, and
- the Meridian Park Event Center.
People who've shaped recent history
Historic Meridian Park has been fortunate to have forward-thinking residents who care about their residential community. In the 80's, A group of residents including Jean & Lamar Richcreek, Bertha & Herman Richardson, Jackie Nytes & Michael O'Brien got together and formed a crime watch block club. Through these early conversations dialogue began about seeking National Register status. The neighborhood has benefited from excellent neighborhood association presidents over the past decade and a half, including: Marsh Davis, Mark Webb, Larry Sanner, Jay van Santen, Steve Towns, Lorraine Phillips Vavul, Doug Day, and as of January 1, 2011 -- Cassie Mehlman-Rhys. Additional strategic assistance has been provided by Cassie Mehlman Rhys (home tour chair), Lee Smith (home tour chair), Jess LaNore (newsletter editor), Amy Rubin (electronic communications), Ora Triplet & Annie Gautier (Senior Advocate Program), Babs Button (Safe Neighborhood Awareness Program), Dick Luchtman, the Titan of Trash (alley clean-up chair), Larry Sanner (chair of gardening committee for public spaces including roundabout, triangle and 33rd Street median), and Sharon Gamble (chair of HMP's national Arts & Crafts Symposium).
We publish a monthly newsletter, the Meridian Park Mirror, which is contained within the Urban Times publication delivered to residents' doors by neighborhood volunteers.