Volunteers help transform Southside Indy neighborhood

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A huge cleanup effort brought out more than 100 volunteers on a chilly Saturday morning. The Great Indy Cleanup focused on a Southside neighborhood near Beecher and Singleton Streets. The lot located at that intersection was once an overgrown eyesore but it has been transformed into a park.

The organization, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, worked with the Bates-Hendricks and Brookside neighborhood associations. The neighborhood received a grant to help build the pocket park. Neighbors said the project has been two years in the making and it all started with a simple idea to cleanup the area.

“This will be a great asset down here to these neighbors who have asked us to help them and we’ve been able to come out here with some resources and some volunteers to really change this neighborhood,” said Ashlee Fujawa, with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

Fujawa challenges others to take back their neighborhoods and get involved in cleanup efforts. The organization helped coordinate 328 cleanups this year.

The Great Indy Cleanup helps beautify neighborhood by helping pickup trash and debris. This was their last big event for the season. The program runs from April through October.