Blaine/Southeast Neighborhood Playground Completed

Blaine-Field-001The playground began as a seed, an idea that grew at each monthly neighborhood association meeting. The Blaine/Southeast Neighborhood Association formed only a few short years ago in 2011 under the direction of Clifford Clemmons. Supported by a small group of dedicated residents, the association worked with Ball State University urban planning students under the direction of faculty member Lisa Dunaway to develop a neighborhood action plan. The Blaine/Southeast Neighborhood Action plan, finalized in December 2014 provided key information that reinforced the neighbors’ belief that Blaine/Southeast lacked adequate play space for its youth. Located on the far east side of the city, the neighborhood sits removed from Muncie’s established parks and playgrounds.

Planning for the neighborhood playground began in earnest in winter 2014 after the association was successful in attaining a $15,000 KaBoom playground grant. A committee of residents worked diligently to find funding to match the KaBoom grant, to plan for the Community Build Day and to clear the overgrown field where the playground would eventually be built. With the efforts spearheaded by Clemmons and Isabelle Sowers, Muncie Action Plan Volunteer Coordinator, Spring and Summer 2015 were busy with fundraisers and cleanups leading up to the September 12th Build Day.

Playground-Build-16Build Day was attended by dozens of volunteers who successfully erected a portion of the playground, with the final construction occurring throughout the following few weeks. The October 16th ribbon cutting was well attended by residents, volunteers and city officials. Since October, the playground committee has continued to fundraise for the purchase of mulch and landscaping as well as other necessities like lighting and signage through their GoFundMe site. The Neighborhood Association understands that the playground is a community asset, but one that will require constant oversight and maintenance. Association members are committed to creating a play space that is well-loved and well-used by neighborhood children for years to come.


Blaine/Southeast Neighborhood Playground in Progress

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GO FUND ME – The Blaine/Southeast neighborhood association has set up an online fundraiser to help raise the remaining $16,000 needed to build the playground.   The neighborhood’s motto “The Unity of the community gets the job done,” is very true. Please donate and/or share with others!

November 2014 – The Blaine/Southeast neighborhood association was awarded a $15,000 KaBoom playground grant. Residents have formed a playground committee and are currently working to redevelop the old Blaine field adjacent to the Serenity Club, 1215 S. Brotherton, into a new neighborhood playground.

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March 2015 – The KaBoom grant requires that the playground equipment be purchased from one of four pre-selected vendors. The Playground Committee worked with Matt Bailey, former Superintendent of Muncie’s Park’s Department under the McShurley Administration, to select the vendor and the design of the playground. Located in Parker City, IN, Landscape Structures was chosen as the playground equipment vendor based on the quality of their equipment, their commitment to working closely with the neighborhood association during Build Day, and their willingness to help the association maintain the equipment due to their close proximity to Muncie and their strong relationship with the City’s Park’s Department. The Committee also worked with a BSU graduate Landscape Architecture student to place the playground on the field in the most appropriate location.

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April 11, 2015 – A successful clean-up of the field took place from 10:00-12:00. Over 20 volunteers helped clear the field of brush and vegetation in preparation for the fall playground build day. Thank you to all who attended!

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May 03, 2015 – The cleanup of the field continued on the same day as the whole neighborhood cleanup. Volunteers were able to make great progress on removing shrubbery and small trees from the fence line. Another field cleanup day is scheduled for Saturday, May 30th.

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PHOTOS: May 02, 2015 – Neighborhood Clean-ups

Members of the East Central, Forest Park, Blaine, Southeast, South Central, Industry, and Pettigrew Acres Neighborhood Associations partnered with the Muncie Sanitary District to help clean-up their communities. The first date of the spring clean-ups was May 2nd. Volunteers helped pick up trash and debris alongside their neighbors. Thank you to all those who helped beautify the city as part of the spring neighborhood cleanups.

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Immersive Learning in the NEWS

On April 14th, the Ball State Daily News wrote an article highlighting the BSU immersive learning class that worked with the Blaine/Southeast neighborhood association to develop their Action Plan. Please follow this link to view the full article. To view the Blaine/Southeast Neighborhood Action Plan, please click here.

Blaine/Southeast Neighborhood Action Plan – Fall 2014

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Lisa Dunaway, Instructor of Urban Planning, is leading a class of BSU undergraduate planning students in developing a neighborhood action plan for the Blaine/Southeast neighborhood. During the development process, the students conduct an analysis of current neighborhood conditions and receive input from the neighborhood association. The students research best practices and assess the needs of the neighborhood to determine the action steps necessary to reach attainable goals. The final neighborhood action plan will include initiatives created by the residents but written by the students. Each initiative will include relevant case studies, step-by-step procedures, potential funding sources, priority levels, and target dates. The plan will conclude with steps for the residents to begin enacting the plan.

To view the Blaine/Southeast Neighborhood Action Plan online please follow this link.

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Southeast Neighborhood

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The Southeast Neighborhood Association meets in conjunction with the Blaine Neighborhood at the Serenity Club, 1218 S. Brotherton, on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm. All are welcome!

Neighborhood Action Plan

Neighborhood residents worked with immersive learning students from Ball State’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning to develop a neighborhood action plan. To see the efforts of this collaborative project, please follow this link Blaine/Southeast Neighborhood Action Plan 2014.

On April 14, 2015, the Ball State Daily News published an article about the Blaine/Southeast Neighborhood Action Plan. Follow this link to view the full article.

KaBoom Playground Grant

In November 2014, the Blaine/Southeast Neighborhood Association was granted a $15,000 KaBoom Playground grant to purchase equipment for a neighborhood playground. Residents have formed a playground committee and are currently working towards a build date in August 2015. To learn more about this exciting project, please click here.

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