Millersville at Fall Creek Valley, Inc. formed in 2009 to preserve and promote the natural beauty, fascinating history and diverse (30) neighborhoods of this northeast-side Indianapolis community. With a grant from the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center in 2010, residents toured our neighborhoods by trolley, got to know each other, learned Millersville’s proud history, and began to take action.
Beautification team volunteers planted trees and, with Indy's Department of Public Works and grants from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB), converted two huge crumbling-concrete lane dividers into awesome flowering Village Gateway Gardens. And, with more grants, awards and volunteers, we started working on a community pocket park.
Volunteers organized summer band concerts and a Café Market with live music and food. Both created gathering spots for the residents of our many neighborhoods. Smaller groups started meeting to bike and walk the Fall Creek Trail and volunteer to help with community school projects.
In 2012, the city approved Millersville’s Village and Corridor Plan. Our biggest needs then were village core revitalization, a grocery store, traffic calming and connection with the Fall Creek Greenway. By 2015, we had a new Walmart Neighborhood Market, a new sidewalk along 56th Street and a Fall Creek Trail extension to Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park! Over four years of work, with loads of help, we created the award-winning Millersville at Fall Creek Preserve - a community park dedicated in 2016.
In 2017, we launched a focused anti-litter campaign and new bike lanes were created to calm traffic and improve connectivity. Later, several new restaurants and shops opened and we have developed stronger ties to our Millersville Village businesses.
A fall 2018 community meeting brought fresh "visioning" for priorities and new ideas on what else we could work on together. Since then we have been working on a stronger sense of place and Millersville identity through community signage, improved communications, outreach to neighborhoods and volunteer recruitment and recognition.
Our persistence has earned both city and national awards and grants. We continue to come together as a community and get things done!