The City of Gary began its "Positively Gary" Cleanup and Beautification Initiative on Sat., May 20. The cleanup effort is coordinated by district, and the cleanup efforts will be targeted in each district for a period of one week. IU Northwest will participate with the efforts of the 6th district on Mon., Jun. 5 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and lasting until 2:30 p.m. IU Northwest faculty, staff and student participants will concentrate on cleaning 35th Avenue, from Broadway to Martin Luther King Drive in collaboration with Ivy Tech Community College and several "Weed and Seed" partner committees. Volunteers are asked to gather at the northwest corner of 40th and Broadway to participate in this effort. The City has asked that those who plan to work bring your own equipment (gloves, rakes, etc.)
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our campus community to work together with neighborhood partners to enhance the Glen Park area,” said Chancellor Bruce Bergland.
After the gathering at 40th and Broadway, IU Northwest participants will return to the northwest corner of 35th and Broadway (NW corner) continue clean-up efforts in the area surrounding the campus.
Citywide cleanup schedule by district:
District Date(s) Gathering Location Councilperson
1 June 26 – 30 10th & Aetna St. Marilyn Krusas
2 June 19 – 23 4th & Jackson (Jackson Park) Shirley Stanford
3 June 12 – 16 15th & Taney (Tolleston Park) Mary Brown
4 May 22 – 26 15th & Connecticut Carolyn Rogers
5 May 29 – June 2 26th & Broadway Jerome Prince
6 June 5 – 9 40th & Broadway Ronier Scott
District 6 is part of the Glen Park neighborhood and is a designated Weed and Seed area which during a press conference on Mon., Jun. 5, will receive the first installment of $175,000 of an anticipated $1.2 million federal grant from the Department of Justice at 2 p.m. in the Library Conference Center, rm. 105C at Indiana University Northwest.
U.S. District Attorney Joseph Van Bokkelen will present the funds to Mary Lee, an organizer of the Weed and Seed program and staff member of IU Northwest. A large portion of the first installment has been earmarked for “weeding” the community, particularly in providing additional law enforcement. The remainder will be used to “seed” the community with new safe havens, which are after school programs and tutoring services for school children in the community. These programs were outlined in the initial application for funding. The Glen Park Weed and Seed program received official recognition in May 2005. While they anticipate a full $1.2 million, the program must apply for each installment.