Marott Park & Nature Preserve

Wooded 102-acre park including a nature preserve with trails, birdwatching & spring wildflowers.

The 84-acre preserve, encompassing most of Marott Park, is composed of an old second-growth mixed mesophytic upland forest in the north, and floodplain forest and successional fields along Williams Creek and the White River to the south. The park land was given to the City of Indianapolis by the Marott family to be used as a natural area. Ongoing restoration of the area includes removal of Amur bush honeysuckle and garlic mustard, which are problematic non-natives; erosion control, and hardwood restoration.

During the spring there is a nice show of wildflowers including rue anemone, wild ginger, bloodroot, mayapple, Solomon’s seal, wood poppy, trillium, and others. Some interesting trees here are Ohio buckeye, pawpaw, bur and chinquapin oaks, and rough-leaved dogwood.

Marott Park is an Indy Park and does not require an admission or entrance fee. The park is open from dawn until dusk year round.

Gear Up for the VEX Robotic Championship

The City of Indianapolis hosts the annual VEX Robotic Championship for elementary, middle school, and high school students. Students from the North Central High School and Northview Middle School Robotics Teams participated.

Indy organized the VEX Robotics Championship (IndyVRC) in an effort to help promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives within the city. As the global economy continues to move toward STEM-focused enterprises, Indy must continue to develop a future workforce to meet that need. The IndyVRC engages teams of students to design, build, and program a robot to compete against robots from other teams in a sports-like game.

The 3rd annual City of Indianapolis VEX Robotics Championship was a success with over 130 school teams competing Nov. 15 – 16, 2014. The STEM Fair was host to over 35 booths featuring hands-on STEM learning activities such as robot chess and mathematics pentathlon.

 

photo credit: IndyStar
video credit: City of Indianapolis

Off-street trail in Nora, Indianapolis

Indy’s Complete Streets Policy

On March 5, 2014, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization – IRTC Policy Committee approved a complete streets policy for the Central Indiana region. How do those plans affect Nora?

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a complete street. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.

Roadways that are planned and designed using a Complete Streets approach may include one or many of the following elements: sidewalks, bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible public transportation stops, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, and more.  A “complete” street in a rural area will look quite different from a “complete” street in a highly urban area, but both are designed to balance safety and convenience for everyone using the road.
For more information, see the following:
Or visit the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization Complete Streets website.