Area Realtors Give Back to Revitalize Shelbyville Park
Recently, the Economic and Community Development Council of the MIBOR REALTOR® Association (MIBIR ECDC), along with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), awarded the city of Shelbyville, Indiana with an $11,500 Placemaking grant to create a linear park, behind the historic Porter Center in Shelbyville. Transforming the area into a rest area for trail users and a storybook trail for children will encourage trail users to utilize the west section of the Shelby County trail system.
Blue River Community Foundation
“The Porter Park project was chosen as one of Blue River Community Foundation’s implementation projects through Lilly Endowment Inc,” said Jennifer Jones, executive director of the Blue River Community Foundation.
“After a great deal of community input, we learned that our community members desire more public arts projects and areas to gather with other community members. Not only do projects such as this serve and satisfy our current community members, but they will also entice new residents to call Shelby County home. We are grateful that MIBOR recognized the benefits of a project such as this in our community and that they have invested their dollars in making this project be the best it can be. We are so very excited to see how it all comes together!”
MIBOR & National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Involvement
MIBOR joins the Blue River Community Foundation on this project alongside other community and corporate partners, including Duke Energy Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Caesars Foundation, City of Shelbyville, and Shelby County Tourism. MIBOR’s contribution will specifically facilitate creating the storybook trail that will provide a unique local history lesson to children.
“REALTORS® live, work and volunteer in their communities and take immense pride in our work to make local neighborhoods stronger and better places to live, work and raise a family,” said Randy Scheidt, chairperson of the MIBOR Economic and Community Development Council. “This grant gives us a tangible, immediate opportunity to identify and address an area in Shelbyville that needs enhancement and revitalization and can be used for the greater good. Placemaking can help foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities, and creates places where people feel a strong stake in their neighborhoods and are committed to making things better.”
NAR offers Placemaking Grants to state and local REALTOR® Associations around the country to create new public spaces and destinations in a community, such as turning a parking spot into a people spot (parklet) or a vacant lot into a pocket park or garden.
For more information on the Porter Park project visit https://www.blueriverfoundation.com. To learn more about the MIBOR ECDC, visit http://www.mibor.com/ecdc. To find out more about National Association of REALTORS® placemaking program visit, https://realtorparty.realtor/community-outreach/housing-opportunity