Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard recently joined with dozens of residents and community and business leaders to dedicate the newly-constructed Gateway South Arch — the centerpiece of a $1 million economic revitalization project and an important component of the mayor’s RebuildIndy initiative, aimed at improving the infrastructure throughout the city.
Located above the intersection of South East Street and U.S. 31/Madison Avenue, the completion of the arch will be featured as part of this year’s Gateway Fest — a one-day event planned for Aug. 31 that will be highlighted by the 2013 ABC Miracle Mile Parade and a host of activities for adults and children of all ages, including: a car show, children’s zone, bicycle ride, and concert and fireworks display.
Ballard says the improvements are intended to help improve the quality of life in the community, as well as create jobs and improve public safety.
“This project will help revitalize an entire area, making it more inviting to new residents and economic growth,” he said in a press release. “The Gateway Arch typifies RebuildIndy by bringing together community leaders and creating a catalyst for change and neighborhood improvement.”
“We’re excited and grateful for the opportunity to create a new front door to welcome everyone to our seven growing and vibrant Southside communities,” said Jeff Cardwell of the Gateway Community Alliance. “Together, we are pleased to join with Mayor Ballard to celebrate the continued revitalization of our neighborhoods, businesses, and schools, and we believe the 2013 Gateway Fest will be the biggest celebration we’ve seen in the history of the Miracle Mile Parade and the activities that bring all of us together.
Cardwell added, “Over the past seven years, the parade and its many activities have become a great Labor Day weekend tradition … something special that our city and Southside communities have come to embrace in a very meaningful way.”
As in years past, thousands of people are expected to participate in the parade and related activities. Dozens of businesses and organizations have already committed to provide entries in the parade and many more are expected. Sponsorships are also being arranged as well. For more information regarding the event, visit the website www.miraclemileparade.com or call 781-4769. Parade entries are now being accepted online.
Spearheading this year’s event is the primary title sponsor of the 2013 ABC Miracle Mile Parade — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana and its President/CEO J.R. Gaylor.
“On behalf of our membership, it is our honor to serve as the title sponsor of the 2013 ABC Miracle Mile Parade,” Gaylor said in a press release. “The opportunity to help support the families and friends of our Southside neighborhoods and the city of Indianapolis is exciting and all of the activities planned for this event is sure to be a great time for everyone.”
Led by the Gateway Community Alliance, the progress that has been achieved throughout the Southside began in earnest prior to the 2007 Miracle Mile Parade.
At that time, the “Miracle Mile Parade” sought to rekindle the spirit of community from the days of yesteryear. In 1957, Claude B. Kendall, owner of the Key West Shrimp House, had a vision to bring families to the greater south side of Indianapolis to enjoy fine dining, great entertainment, and an evening in the amphitheater at Garfield Park. Through Kendall’s leadership and a partnership with the Madison Avenue Businessmen Association, the “Miracle Mile Parade” was first formed.
Today, more than 50 years later, the grassroots effort has continued as the founding members of the Gateway Community Alliance have joined forces with both the private and public sectors on a journey to re-discover the “Miracle Mile Parade.”