NMS Announces Annual Fund

In a dedicated shift by its officers and Board of Directors, Noblesville Main Street is transitioning from a membership-based model to a business model designed to empower the greater community to help fund the sixty-plus events provided by the organization on a yearly basis.

“Main Street is a non-profit organization funded primarily by the generosity of donors and sponsors who support our mission, which is to promote downtown Noblesville in every way possible,” said Craig Crosser, board president. “We hope by asking for the community to partner with us and give to the Annual Fund, we are able to better inform the public of our non-profit status and hopefully increase giving that is so badly needed to sustain and broaden the many events we offer.”

Incremental donation levels have been raised by the board for the first time in four years and will help off-set the cost of many events, while most of the events themselves will remain free for the public to attend.

“I see the Annual Fund as another way in which our organization continues to more clearly define who we are, what we do to support this community and our commitment to downtown Noblesville as the heart of this great city, added CEO Chris Owens.”

The 2018 Annual Fund renewals will be mailed in December. If you don’t want to wait for the mailing, you can click here to make your 2018 Annual Fund donation today.  Your support is indeed important to Noblesville Main Street.

NMS Selects Fresh Venue, Fun New Format to Celebrate 2017

As the holiday season nears, Noblesville Main Street prepares for its annual gathering to toast its 60+ community events. NMS is extending an invitation for all to join for the fun.

On Sunday, December 3rd from 5 PM to 8 PM, NMS will host CELEBRATE MAIN STREET at the Mustard Seed Gardens, 77 Metsker Lane in Noblesville. This newly formatted event will feature cocktail and food stations, live dueling pianos, and festive fanfare.

“We are excited to bring a new venue and different event experience with this year’s Celebrate Main Street holiday event,” said Chris Owens, CEO of Noblesville Main Street. “We extend an invitation to our community to join us as we reflect on 2017 and more importantly get ready for 2018.”

CELEBRATE MAIN STREET is a ticketed event that will feature food stations, a signature cocktail, and specialty entertainment. This is a change from the past sit down dinner format.

“This new format gives those who attend a greater opportunity to mix, mingle and talk with each other about the invaluable asset Noblesville Main Street offers in this community,” says Keriann Rich, NMS Organization Committee Chair.

A fun and exciting new feature at this year’s event is a Dueling Piano act, allowing guests the experience of requesting any holiday song to be performed live.

Individual tickets are available for $50, couples for $100. Noblesville Main Street is extending sponsorship opportunities for an Exclusive Host Sponsor, Entertainment Sponsor, and Christmas Tree Sponsor. R.S.V.P’s are requested by November 28th. Go to NoblesvilleMainStreet.org for additional details and to purchase tickets. CELEBRATE MAIN STREET is a fundraising event for Noblesville Main Street.

Click here to register for CELEBRATE MAIN STREET

 

NMS Soliciting Community Sponsors for 2017 Ice Sculptures

Noblesville Ice SculpturesIn what has become another holiday tradition for downtown Noblesville, it’s time to plan the annual Ice Festival hosted by Noblesville Main Street.

Started in 2013, this annual festival features more than 20 beautifully carved ice sculptures around the courthouse lawn. The event also helps Noblesville Main Street fund the more than 60 events provided to our local community annually.

This year’s event has been moved to Saturday, November 26 and will serve as the ending event capping off Small Business Saturday where Noblesville Main Street serves as the local host and will feature a Community Concierge tent located in the alley next to Matteo’s.

Businesses, organizations or individuals interested in sponsoring an ice sculpture can contact the Noblesville Main Street office via email at info@noblesvillemainstreet.org or by phone at 317-776-0205.

First Friday Event Offers Something For Everyone

Noblesville Main Street’s October First Friday event is this Friday from 5-8 p.m., including many fun, family-friendly activities, such as the fifth annual CanStruction event, the annual Soup Cook-Off competition and Fall Festival for children of all ages including trick or treating with area merchants.

CanStruction Noblesville 2017 is here! Look for special can guys around town this week. Then join us Friday morning Oct 6 for sculpture building and Friday evening for viewing the sculptures during the Noblesville Main Street Fall Festival on the square. Most important drop off non-perishable donations before Oct 15 at any of our four sculpture host locations, Church, Church, Hittle & Antrim, Kiln Creations, Lil Bloomers or Whimzy. In five years, Noblesville Main Street with the support of the community has donated approximately 16,000 items of non-perishable food items to the Noblesville Trustees Office through the CanStruction event.

The Fall Festival activities, presented by Primrose School of Noblesville, features pumpkin decorating, hayrides, and food vendors. Kids are encouraged to come in costume because select downtown merchants will feature trick-or-treating while supplies last. The merchant list can be viewed via the Noblesville Main Street Facebook site.

The annual Soup Cook-Off features several local restaurants and groups competing for your votes for the People’s Choice Award. Come sample great soups for $1 per sample or $3 for the cup of your choice. Then cast your vote. Participants this year include Ginger’s Cafe, Perkins Restaurant, Michaelangelo’s Italian Bistro, Jaws Food Truck, Noblesville Main Street and Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank. The event will also feature hot ham and cheese sandwiches from the Noblesville Lions Club available for purchase.

Finally, scarecrows are displayed around the downtown area from Logan to Ninth and Conner streets as part of the annual Scarecrow Contest. The public can vote for their favorite entry at the Noblesville Main Street tent on the north side of the courthouse lawn during the First Friday event. Scarecrows will continue to be on display through the month of October. Vote for your favorite with a monetary donation at the Main Street tent.

Fourth Annual Scarecrow Contest Announced

Entries to be accepted for the fourth annual Scarecrow Contest hosted by Noblesville Main Street starting September 25, 2017. The contest is open to all ages, individuals, families, clubs, groups and businesses. There is no cost to enter. Entry forms are available online and at all Noblesville Main Street events, including the Farmers Market.

“This feature in our downtown has really drawn interest from the public since starting in 2014,” said Chris Owens, CEO of Noblesville Main Street. “We are pleased at the early interest and look forward to the creativity from our community that will be displayed around the courthouse square the entire month of October.”

DEADLINE: Scarecrow entries must be dropped off at Noblesville Main Street, 839 Conner Street, no later than 4:00 p.m. on September 28. Winners will be announced on Facebook after the First Friday Fall Festival event on October 6. Entries will be displayed on downtown Noblesville light poles from September 29 - October 31. Scarecrows will be discarded after they are removed from the light poles on November 1.

CONSTRUCTION: Scarecrows must be durable and able to stand up to sun, wind and rain. Use care in choosing your materials. Fake straw is recommended. All decorations must be firmly attached to your scarecrow. Minimum height is 4 feet, maximum height is 6 feet. Each scarecrow must have a vertical wood support for the body. All scarecrows will be displayed vertically on the light poles. Noblesville Main Street will furnish a basic frame, which can be picked up at the Noblesville Main Street office, Monday – Thursday between 12:00-4:00 p.m. starting September 25

PRIZES: First place prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Adult (15 & over), Youth (14 & under), Business, Most Hipstoric, Best Community Pride and People’s Choice ($1 = 1 vote at the Fall Festival on October 6).

NMS Receives 2017 National Main Street Accreditation

Noblesville Main Street has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

“It is a great honor to recognize this year’s 828 nationally Accredited Main Street America programs for their outstanding work to transform downtown and neighborhood commercial districts,” says Patrice Frey, president & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social and cultural fabric of their entire communities.”

The organization’s performance is annually evaluated by Indiana Main Street and the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

“This honor, for the third consecutive year speaks volumes about our board of directors, executive committee and their dedication to ensure we are operating efficiently under the guidelines established by our state and national organizations,” said Chris Owens, chief executive officer of Noblesville Main Street. “We will continue to pursue this achievement annually while we now focus on a larger 3 to 5 year strategic plan, as well as the Community Campaign fundraiser that is currently underway to secure funding for the remainder of our 2017 events in Downtown Noblesville.”

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,000 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Noblesville Main Street is committed to this concept and the national accreditation is recognition for this local organization’s commitment to our community.

Announcing our Community Cares Campaign

Noblesville Main Street has kicked off its 2017 Community Cares Campaign and it will run through the end of August. This major fundraising effort will help support programming of events throughout the remainder of the year and into 2018.  

The 2017 Community Campaign is a direct effort of the NMS Organization Committee and Board of Directors to work toward a higher goal of endowment development. The synergy with launching the fundraising campaign during the key event season offers opportunity for the community to support the organization when it’s most visible.  

“Our fundraising effort with this campaign is to continue to raise dollars that we can put back into the community through extended programming and events,” said Chris Owens, CEO Noblesville Main Street. “As an organization, we want to continually be evolving, offering more, and making a bigger footprint in the community. As a 501c3, this Community Campaign empowers us to do just that. “  

Noblesville Main Street’s Board of Directors hope the community will consider supporting this effort through a general donation or a membership to Noblesville Main Street. In exchange for a minimum $30 online gift, donors will receive a Hipstoric Noblesville t-shirt.

“We are always growing our business and individual memberships,” said Craig Crosser, President Noblesville Main Street Board of Directors. “As a community member that enjoys what Main Street offers you can also donate and that makes a big impact.”

In addition to membership and donations, the public can identify Noblesville Main Street as a benefactor through the Kroger Community Rewards program and on Amazon Smile where a portion of proceeds are donated back to the organization.

NMS, City and Chamber Partner for Business Summit

Wednesday morning (May 31st), Noble Coffee and Tea transformed into the host site for the first Downtown Business Summit accommodating more than sixty guests and providing a venue for an exchange of information.

The summit was presented in partnership between the Economic Development team from the City of Noblesville, the Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Committee from Noblesville Main Street.

Attendees heard presentations on current and future initiatives from Alaina Shonkwiler, Assistant Director of Economic Development for the City of Noblesville, from Bob Dubois, President of the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, and from Chris Owens, CEO of Main Street.

In reflecting on the success of the summit, DuBois shared “The positive energy in the room was fueled by solid reports on the more than a dozen initiatives underway to strengthen and enhance downtown Noblesville. The Chamber is excited to support, and engage with Main Street and the City on these important efforts. Under this collaborative leadership, downtown Noblesville’s future is bright.”

The group’s intent is for this to be the first of an annual or bi-annual gathering where valuable resources and information can be shared to strengthen the downtown experience.

Additionally, Noblesville Main Street announced their recent accreditation through Indiana Main Street, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and National Main Street. This marks the third consecutive year for this honor and ranks Noblesville Main Street as one of the elite organizations in the state.

Farmers Market Opens at Federal Hill Commons

The annual Noblesville Farmers Market, organized by Noblesville Main Street, opens Saturday, May 13th from 8 am until noon for the first of 24 consecutive weeks ending on October 14, 2017. The 2017 market will take place at Federal Hill Commons located at 175 Logan Street.

“The opening of the Farmers Market in our new home, Federal Hill Commons, is an exciting time,” said Chris Owens, CEO of Noblesville Main Street. “The City of Noblesville has sought our input from the start of planning this project and we are happy to see activities begin and our community enjoy this amenity in downtown.”

New to the market this year, the Main Street hospitality tent is sponsored by Community Health Network and is the location for patrons using SNAP benefits and Fresh Bucks, a local initiative to further combat food insecurity.

Fresh Bucks is a SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, double-up program, that allows customers who pay with their EBT card to double their dollars, up to $20 a day, spent on fruits and vegetables. The Fresh Bucks program is a project of the Indy Hunger Network, a local nonprofit whose goal is to ensure that anyone who is hungry can access the nutritious food that they need. IHN is a coalition of leading anti-hunger organizations within the Indianapolis area. Fresh Bucks is currently funded by the Indiana State Department of Health and works closely with other nutrition, hunger and agriculture organizations to further their mission.

“Federal Hill Commons is an urban park meant to be enjoyed by all and accessible via car, bike or on foot,” said Brandon Bennett, director of Noblesville Parks and Recreation. “We are happy to showcase new features to enhance the market experience including a playground on-site along with dedicated seating, restroom facilities and more. We look forward to what our partnership with Noblesville Main Street will offer our community in collaborative events and festivals.”

This market is the oldest and largest in Hamilton County with more than 80 vendors offering farm-fresh homegrown fruits, vegetables, meats, plants, herbs, flowers, honey, spices, wine, jams, jellies and salsas. Locally handmade items include baked goods, soaps, jewelry, artwork, quality crafts and pet products. The popular food court offers breakfast and lunch choices, as well as takeout items and snack food for those on the go. But if you want to move at a slower pace, tables are provided for patrons to sit and visit while listening to live performers.

In keeping with a tradition of the market started several years ago, the first Saturday of every month June through October will feature a limited business showcase giving local businesses the opportunity to engage and connect with patrons. Noblesville Main Street has also planned special event days as part of the market and they include: Kids Day on June 24, a Health Fair on July 22, Pie Day on August 12, Pet day September 23 and finally a chili cook-off on October 14. Event dates are subject to change.

Join your neighbors and friends on May 6 for the opening day at the Noblesville Main Street Farmers Market from 8am until noon.

NMS and Preservation Alliance Partner to Promote Historic Buildings

NPA BannersA new feature can been seen on select downtown street banners thanks to a partnership between Noblesville Main Street and Noblesville Preservation Alliance. Just in time for the Bicentennial Celebration, the two nonprofit groups have commissioned 20 banners featuring images of historic commercial buildings.

“Noblesville Preservation Alliance is excited to financially support the development and installation of the new banners for the light poles in downtown Noblesville,” said Nancy Hebel, president of NPA. “As an organization, it is our mission to preserve and promote Noblesville’s historic architecture and this project certainly meets that criteria. We applaud the idea and look forward to seeing the banners soon.”

The concept originated from Esther Lakes of Smith’s Jewelers.

“The business district of downtown Noblesville has managed to be a healthy and vital area while incorporating and maintaining the charm of its historical buildings,” said Lakes. “The banners showing past businesses located in buildings that look the same today as they did one hundred years ago will add interest to our historic square and promote community pride. I am thrilled the city was receptive to the idea and thank Main Street for spearheading the project.”

Many of the images featured are from a collection maintained by local realtor and author Kurt Meyer as well as some local businesses. The banners will be featured periodically between events throughout the year.

Noblesville Officials Identify Priority Projects in City

City of NoblesvilleThe Noblesville Common Council and City of Noblesville administration have created a list of priority projects to be completed within the next three to five years. The projects, which have been worked on for the past year, will benefit the health, safety and welfare of Noblesville citizens.

City administrators compiled a list of projects and worked with the council to prioritize the items.

“The council is anxious to move forward with these projects. We believe these capital improvements to the city’s infrastructure will benefit the citizens of Noblesville and improve our quality of life,” said Council President Gregory P. O’Connor. “I am excited to see these projects moving forward.”

While funding for the projects has been substantially limited by property tax caps and other restrictions outside the control of the city, the list provides a clear set of goals from elected and appointed officials.

“This list provides a clear roadmap of what we want to accomplish in the coming years. It is challenging, but we will work to get the proper funding to continue to move Noblesville forward and address several important items within the city,” Mayor John Ditslear said.

The highest priority on the list is improvements to State Road 37 and portions of Pleasant Street to reduce traffic congestion into and through the city. Council has asked administration to begin identifying all revenues that may be available to fund all or part of the road projects including special COIT distributions, tax increment and interlocal agreements with the state and other governmental units.

The list of priority projects include:

Project: Little Chicago Road Trail

Background: The key west side connector on Little Chicago Road will run from Indiana 38 to Buttonwood Drive and includes construction and the acquisition of land. A sidewalk also will extend north to Firethorn Circle.
Timing: Construction will begin in 2017.
Potential Cost: $750,000

Project: Finch Creek Park

Background: The first phase of the 200-acre park on the city’s east side includes groundwork on the site, restroom facilities and a play area on the southern portion adjacent to new residential construction.
Timing: The project will begin in 2016 and completed in 2017.
Potential Funding: $4.5 million

Click here for more information on Finch Creek Park

Project: Midland Trace Trail Phase I

Background: The city has obtained 23 of the 32 parcels for the start of the Midland Trace Trail, which will connect with Westfield’s portion at Gray Road and head east to downtown Noblesville. The first phase ends at Hazel Dell Road.
Timing: The project should begin this year with possible construction completed in 2017.
Potential Cost: $1.9 million

Click here for more information on the Midland Trace Trail

Project: Levee Trail

Background: The three phased trail project would connect homes as far north as North Harbour to downtown Noblesville. Once completed, the two trail heads include Morse Park Beach and the border of Cicero, which will connect with their trail.
Timing: The project is expected to begin later this year or in early 2017.
Potential Cost: $1.4 million

Click here for more information on the Levee Trail

Project: New Police Station

Background: The existing police station facility faces challenges with overcrowding, a lack of essential privacy for victims, operational efficiencies and would benefit from an upgraded crime lab.
Timing: The city will initiate a study to determine the most appropriate location for a new facility and obtain more specific cost information on construction and cost/benefit analysis. The study also will include repurposing of the Public Safety Building assuming the full relocation of NPD to a new location for Noblesville Fire Department and other city uses.
Potential Cost: Undetermined

Project: South 10th Street Corridor

Background: Improvements will be on 10th Street south of the roundabout at Greenfield Avenue that will begin this year. The city will construct a new pedestrian bridge at Stony Creek, create a trail from the Wellingtons to the new roundabout and improve drainage to minimize flooding in that area.
Timing: The city will begin engineering work to prepare the corridor for improvement in 2017 or 2018.
Potential Cost: $6 million

Project: Downtown Street Lights

Background: Replacement is needed because of age and the lights are nearing the end of their service life. The city has 250 street lights and six quad-luminaire poles that need replaced including 58 poles on the Downtown Square.
Timing: The poles are in the process of being ordered and installation will begin later this year. A plan is being put together that would include 20 to 30 replacements a year. Additional lights can be ordered and stored with the street department so an emergency replacement may be made at any time.
Potential Cost: $200,000 in 2016. This will be an annual expense to replace all street lights.

Click here for more information on Downtown Noblesville Street Lights

* The amounts and dates are estimates based on information available at this time. Final approval and funding of all projects will come from the common council at a later time.

Source - City of Noblesville

NMS Accepts Award from Indiana Main Street

NMS Award WinnersLt. Governor Ellspermann announced Monday afternoon that Noblesville Main Street was selected as the 2015 Indiana Main Street Downtown Special Event award recipient for the 2nd annual White River Celebration.

"The White River Celebration and Duck Race is an annual event that many in our community enjoy," Representative Kathy K. Richardson (R-Noblesville) said. "I am excited for Noblesville Main Street to be recognized for their hard work and dedication in providing great activities in the downtown area.”

This is the second state-level award for the White River Celebration, which is a collaborative effort organized in part by Noblesville Main Street, the City of Noblesville, Nickel Plate Arts, Courtney’s Kitchen and Schwartz’s Bait & Tackle. In October, the group also received the Exemplary Festival Award from the White River Alliance.

“We are honored to accept the award on behalf of so many great partners who worked together on the White River Celebration to highlight a natural asset in our downtown,” said Chris Owens, executive director of Noblesville Main Street. “It’s the second award for this particular event, which really speaks to the possibilities that exist for downtown development on the west side of the White River, to Federal Hill Commons and beyond. We are so thankful for the partnering organizations who made this event a success.”

Noblesville Main Street is currently soliciting year-end charitable gifts and 2016 memberships to help bolster the cultural arts programs they provide. Additionally, the organization will announce the 2016 events calendar after the start of the new year.

(Image Left to Right – Kathy Richardson, Jackie Bell – NMS Promotions Chair, Chris Owens – Executive Director, Perry Williams – 2015/2016 NMS President)

Noblesville Main Street to Benefit from Kroger Community Rewards

Noblesville Main Street is happy to announce another line of support to help provide cultural arts events and programs in downtown Noblesville. Recently, the organization was enrolled as a benefactor of the Kroger Community Rewards program, which awards a percentage of purchases of registered plus card members to Main Street on a quarterly basis.

Kroger Logo“At Kroger, customer service and community service really are the same thing, and we take both opportunities seriously. We not only encourage and empower employees in support of thousands of local organizations, but we create ways for customers to join us in supporting local community needs as members of our extended Kroger family. Community Rewards allows customers to designate which local organization will receive a share of their shopping dollars. Our customers determine the priorities and Kroger provides the funding,” said John Elliott, public affairs manager. “As the Kroger leader responsible for the Community Rewards program and as a resident of Old Town Noblesville who cherishes our historic downtown, I believe it is important to support Noblesville Main Street in every way possible.”

Local shoppers can also register Noblesville Main Street as their Community Rewards benefactor by visiting Kroger.com/communityrewards, creating an account and selecting Noblesville Main Street organization number 10471.

“This program is a great way to help us provide programming in downtown Noblesville. We appreciate the support of the Kroger team and their local focus will help us continue to do great things in our community,” said Chris Owens, executive director of Noblesville Main Street. “As a consumer, I’ll admit I get a little excited knowing that some of my family’s weekly spending goes to help support opportunities for community engagement and interaction.”

Questions about enrolling as consumers can be directed to the Noblesville Main Street office at 317-776-0205 or info@noblesvillemainstreet.org.

Noblesville Unveils Riverwalk Depot Pocket Park

Noblesville officials unveiled the creation of Riverwalk Depot, the city’s first pocket park, on Friday, Oct. 2. Using an irregular piece of vacant land, the Depot is a placemaking and beautification initiative in Downtown Noblesville.

Previously a gravel lot and a turnaround zone for utility trucks near the Duke Energy substation and Bolden’s Dry Cleaners, this 0.15-acre parcel now serves as a trailhead for the intersection of the White River Greenway and the Riverwalk.

“This pocket park will create another unique Downtown Noblesville spot and continues the overall growth of quality of life amenities to the downtown area,” Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear said.

The design of the park is to integrate art with function. Riverwalk Depot will include a walking pathway, a covered bench and two specific components to increase the functionality for cyclists, including a bicycle repair station. The centerpiece of the area is a one of a kind 9-foot tall and 12-feet long metal sculpture of a large train engine that also serves as a bicycle rack. The locomotive was designed and fabricated by lifelong resident Rick Heflin, owner of RC Metalworks in downtown Noblesville.

“I was proud to do it for Noblesville,” said Heflin. “My dream for that is for families to be able to come up to it every year and have age photos taken (annually). I’d love to see that become a tradition because the train is photogenic.”

The amenity comes at no additional cost to taxpayers. Riverwalk Depot was made possible through the generous in-kind donations from area businesses including: Sagamore Ready Mix, Duke Energy, The Duke Energy Foundation, Beaver Materials, Green Vista Landscaping, Ameri-Turf Indiana, GreenCycle of Noblesville, Lowe’s of Noblesville, CSI Signs, RC Metalworks, Hamilton County Master Gardeners and Noblesville Main Street.

The project was a collaboration of several city departments – including 319 man hours by street department employees – and led by Economic Development Specialist Alaina Shonkwiler.

“Riverwalk Depot was designed to beautify and revitalize a blighted trailhead adjacent to the Nickel Plate Railroad and a major intersection of the Noblesville Trail System,” said Shonkwiler. “The collaboration has been amazing. It was a true design and build.”

Shonkwiler said Riverwalk Depot will have two additional benches and a picnic table installed by the spring.

“This is more than I ever envisioned it to be,” she said. “I love that the public can use this space now. We can get people in here and enjoy it.”

Pictured Above: Officials and contributors to the Riverwalk Depot Pocket Park join Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear (center) and Alaina Shonkwiler (far right) in opening the city’s first pocket park on Friday, Oct. 2.

Noblesville Wins White River Alliance Award

The City of Noblesville recently won the 2015 Exemplary White River Festival Event Award from the White River Alliance. This award recognizes the creative efforts and/or commitment displayed by one of the 2014 White River Festival partners, including the display of creativity and unique experiences for participants, notable participant attendance, and/or integration of festival messages into the programming.

“Our community is a good steward of the environment and this award exemplifies the impact we are having on our largest natural amenity. The collaboration to create the White River Celebration has infused new energy for the waterway and combined education, arts and culture, the environment and fun,” Mayor John Ditslear said.

The city and its partners started the process of reinventing the 20-year-old Hamilton County White River Cleanup with the inaugural Noblesville White River Celebration in 2014. Thanks to the cleanup, 409.10 tons of debris have been removed from the river since 1995. The cleanup has been so successful in its history that local leaders needed to find other ways to engage citizens and volunteers due to less trash.

“With this success came an expanded opportunity for celebrating the river and sharing its value as a major resource for the community. The vision of an annual Noblesville White River Celebration on a downtown bridge now has a firm foothold from several committed influential partners,” said Tim Stottlemyer, Noblesville storm water coordinator.

In addition to the cleanup, attendees also participated in education stations about the river and water works, “Fun in the River” with canoeing and kayaking at various points on the river and fishing at Schwartz’s Bait and Tackle. Nickel Plate Arts featured an artist colony and bridge fair and Logan Street Bridge highlighted environmentally-themed art. Noblesville Main Street held its annual Rubber Duck Race before the festival ended with live music.

“This award is a great example of the collective efforts of many in our community to use the White River as an opportunity for connection,” said Chris Owens, executive director of Noblesville Main Street. “The recognition received is truly an indicator of a quality team effort of which we are proud to be a part.”

The Noblesville White River Celebration was led by the City of Noblesville Stormwater Department and Sustain Noblesville, Noblesville Main Street, River Clean Up Inc. and Nickel Plate Arts. Partners that supported the event include: Kroger, Keep Noblesville Beautiful, Indiana American Water, Hamilton County Household Hazardous Waste Center, Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District, White River Canoe Company, Schwartz Bait & Tackle, Schwartz Trailers, Courtney’s Kitchen, Moose Lodge (Noblesville), Blatchley Nature Study Club, IUPUI, Sierra Club of Indiana and David Heighway.

“Noblesville continues to engage new partners and attempt to expand the event rather than just meet the minimum requirements. The White River and the river corridor is too important to reduce to a check mark on an audit list. The event will continue to grow in size and scope to celebrate past and present accomplishments and to raise awareness of this amazing resource,” Stottlemyer said.

For more information on the White River Alliance Awards, visit http://thewhiteriveralliance.org/awards

Pictured Above: From left: Noblesville Main Street Executive Director Chris Owens, Noblesville storm water coordinator Tim Stottlemyer, Kavita Singh of Nickel Plate Arts, Allen Lind of River Clean Up Inc., and Carrie and Cass Courtney comprise the 2014 White River Celebration planning committee. Not pictured are Cindy Benedict, Aili McGill and Jackie Bell.

Downtown Street Banner Program

The Street Banner Program is run by Noblesville Main Street with assistance from the City of Noblesville.  This program is a way for local civic groups and non-profits to spread the word about events, plays, festivals and more!  Regulations and restrictions apply and are listed on the application.

For additional information please click on the graphic on the right.