There are more than 650 medians in Marion County, half of which are begging to be adopted. These grassy strips of land in the center of the street are a great advertising opportunity!
Unadopted medians are maintained by the city, but many have been adopted by neighborhood associations, garden clubs, businesses, churches, organizations or individuals. Our adopters often do more than just mow the medians, they beautify them with plants and trees, and in turn they get a sign on the median with their name prominently displayed.
These adopted medians become powerful symbols of the pride that people take in their community. Just imagine driving down the streets of Indianapolis all lined with trees, plants and colorful flowers rather than concrete! What a beautiful sight!
Why adopt a median?
SustainIndy believes that medians are important not only in keeping our streets looking aesthetically pleasing, but also in helping improve the air and water quality of the local environment. Increasing the amount of trees, shrubs, and green space in our city helps absorb carbon dioxide and pollutants from the air, provides shade, reduces heat and glare from the concrete, helps reduce erosion and storm water runoff and provides economic value to neighborhoods. Visitors and residents alike will appreciate your efforts. Did you know that studies indicate that well maintained landscapes in public places give citizens a feeling of safety and security? Plus you are helping to reduce city spending by volunteering your labor.
SustainIndy's mission is to make a viable, sustainable impact on the lives of residents in the Indianapolis area and the neighborhoods in which they live. Through active partnerships with businesses, neighborhoods, youth, schools and government, we engage citizens in beautifying the city, improving the quality of the environment and fostering pride in the community. We want to partner with you to do just that!
Of the over 650 medians in Indianapolis, only half are adopted. SustainIndy is looking for people to adopt these green spaces and to plant, mow, pick up trash and to care for them to help beautify the streets of Indianapolis. You are encouraged, but not required to add plants to the median.
So how does one get involved?
1. Locate a median in your area that has not already been adopted.2. Contact DPW about joining the adopt-a-median program.3. Determine your maintenance, mowing and/or landscape plan.4. Select a name for your sign5. Complete and sign an annual agreement to maintain the median.6. Submit, Mail or fax your agreement for the approval process
Once a person has been approved as a median adopter, a sign with their name will be installed on the median. Median adopters receive safety and planting tips from DPW. Applications are due each fall.