VOLUNTEER IN BATES-HENDRICKS!
The neighborhood association and all of its committees, activities, and beautification efforts are volunteer-powered. Be part of the Bates-Hendricks thriving community and lend your time to serve on one (or more) of the committees, help maintain the public green spaces, offer support to a Block Host, or volunteer to be a Block Host. If none of that interests you, but some other initiative does, reach out to the Association. Or, if you simply don't have the time to put in, consider donating to help achieve the neighborhood goals.
Block Hosts are residents who step up as a leader for their individual block and/or surroundings blocks by organizing neighbors at a localized level. Block Hosts work to increase community, communicate updates and concerns, and welcome new neighbors to the neighborhood.
These neighborhood-led groups focus on specific areas of interest to improve the neighborhood and need support to keep going. Meeting times and locations are listed on the calendar. Send an email if you have any particular questions about a committee.
The Events Committee plans events for the neighborhood, including the Annual Chili Cook-Off, Street Fest, September Cookout, Holiday Pitch-In Dinner, 2nd Thursday Supper Club, and more. Help is always needed with event planning, event setup and teardown, and running events the day of. Check out the calendar to see upcoming events.
The Land Use Committee considers zoning, development, and property issues in the neighborhood, with the goal of ensuring peaceful co-existence among residents and businesses.
The Marketing Committee works to promote Bates-Hendricks, both within and outside the neighborhood. The committee is involved in maintaining the website, generating social media content, producing brochures, and creating t-shirts and other apparel items.
QUALITY OF LIFE
The Quality of Life Committee addresses ways to improve the appearance and quality of developments in the neighborhood to the benefit of all community members.
Come help out in our public green spaces! Check out our rotating list of 1st Saturday Cleanups on our calendar to help out at a different green space each month. Or, if you'd like to dedicate time to a specific space, contact one of the coordinators below.
BAUMANN PARK 1868 Singleton St.
Baumann Park was designed and created between 2012 to 2014 by the Bates-Hendricks Neighborhood Association and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. The park features a play structure, a pergola with picnic tables, a grill, two benches, a large open space, and native plantings.
COBURN PARK 626 Prospect St.
Coburn Park was dedicated by the Bates-Hendricks Neighborhood Association in 2014. Currently, the park features some plantings and a small open space.
GATEWAY - EAST 830 E. Morris St.
Our East Gateway marks our boundary on the northeast side of the neighborhood at the E. Morris Street / Prospect Street split by the I-65 South onramp. The "Southeast Neighborhood" subtext on the sign refers to being a part of the Southeast Neighborhood Congress.
GATEWAY - NORTH 1190 S. East St.
Our North Gateway marks our boundary on East Street between E. Morris Street and Sanders Street. The landscaping is currently maintained by Hanza Realty Group.
GATEWAY - SOUTH 1911 S. East St.
Our South Gateway marks our boundary at the railroad tracks just south of Beecher Street. It is currently maintained by East Street Apostolic Church.
NEW JERSEY STREET ESPLANADE
The S. New Jersey Street Esplanade features a historic gazebo, walking path, and numerous trees and other plantings. It is currently maintained by residents on S. New Jersey Street.
ORANGE PARK 1271 S. East St.
Not to be confused with the official Orange Park on the City's east side, this park on the northeast corner of East Street and Orange Street is a temporary public space until the property is developed. The green space features plantings and an open grassy area.
RINGGOLD PARK 1500 Ringgold Ave.
Ringgold Park is a city park that is in the process of being improved by the Bates-Hendricks Neighborhood Association and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. The park features a swing set, a 4-way seesaw, and native plantings. Read more about the project in the Ringgold Park Handbook.
SHORTCUT PATH 850 Sanders St.
The Shortcut Path between Sanders/Wright Streets and E. Morris Street features trees and other plantings along the I-65 South on-ramp.
The Bates-Hendricks Neighborhood Association (BHNA) meets on the first Monday of the month (or the second Monday if the first is a holiday) at 6:30pm at Immanuel United Church of Christ. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you aren't a member, but only dues-paying members can vote. Voluntary annual association dues are $10 per household and $25 for businesses. Membership dues are essential to a functioning neighborhood association, and cover our costs each year for insurance, tax filing fees, permitting, supplies for events, and more. Dues can be paid by cash or card at monthly meetings or online at any time.