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.”