Tarkington Park Opening Ceremony

July 29, 2017

Below are my comments from today’s opening ceremony for the improved Tarkington Park. The improvements to Tarkington Park were designed and funded via Proposal 77, that I proposed and passed in 2014, as an At-Large member of the Indianapolis City/County Council.

“Good morning. I wanted to use my time today to discuss how the improvements to Tarkington Park came about. About 10 years ago, after being elected to be Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association (BTNA) President, I started meeting with neighborhood leaders and businesses. There were lots of ideas for how to make Butler-Tarkington a more livable neighborhood including eliminating the parking meters at 38th and Illinois – but one idea out stood out above the rest. Kathy Shorter, one of the founder’s of Midtown Indy, had a vision for Tarkington Park as a place where all of Midtown could come together. As time went on this idea gained currency and support. First BTNA, followed quickly by our friends at the Broad Ripple Village Association, the Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Association, Mapleton-Fall Creek and from Crown Hill neighbors. Universally, we recognized that a strong Tarkington Park could be a place where all our Midtown neighborhoods — and all of Indianapolis — could come together. Ultimately, as a member of the Indianapolis City/County Council, I was honored to introduce and pass Proposal 77 that funded the park improvements. Today, the results are clear – Kathy’s vision, put forward 10 years ago, has resulted in a park that is an exciting, dynamic place for families of all backgrounds come together to play and enjoy life.”

 

Tarkington Park Openeing

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Second Annual “Bipartisan Team” to Run OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to Support Indy Reads

April 13, 2016

Second Annual “Bipartisan Team” to Run OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to Support Indy Reads

Indianapolis — The 2016 Presidential election has seen unprecedented, over-the-top partisan rhetoric as national politicians run against each other and move towards the November election. Closer to home, here in Indianapolis, a bipartisan trio has found a reason to run together this May – with a focus on bipartisan leadership and support for literacy in Indianapolis.

For the second year, former Indianapolis City/County Council Vice President John Barth (D) and Councilor Jeff Miller (R) will run the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon together to demonstrate the power of bipartisan cooperation and to raise money for a key Indy non-profit: Indy Reads. This year, Barth and Miller will be joined in running 13.1 miles by Indianapolis City/County Council President Maggie A. Lewis.

Indy Reads is a nonprofit with the mission to promote and improve the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana. Barth, Miller and Lewis are asking supporters to donate either $13.1 (half-marathon) or $26.2 (full-marathon) to Indy Reads to sponsor their mini-run on Saturday, May 7th. Donations can be made on-line at http://www.indyreads.org/donate

Barth, an Indy Read’s board of advisors member, said, “I’m proud to support the 500 Festival and Indy Reads, two critical Indianapolis nonprofit organizations. Indy Reads serves a very important role that is close to my heart – promoting literacy.”

“We appreciate former Council VP Barth, Councilor Miller and President Lewis’s support for our literacy programs,” said Indy Reads Executive Director Travis DiNicola.

“I’m excited that this “bipartisan team” is becoming an annual event – I hope others will take this opportunity to support Indy Reads and their important work,” said Miller, who represents a Southside district.

2016 marks Miller’s 21st Mini-Marathon, Barth’s 11th, and Lewis’s first.

Now in its 40th year, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is the nation’s largest half-marathon. As the 500 Festival’s largest fundraiser and a vital part of the city’s civic fabric, proceeds from the race help fund the 500 Festival’s free program and events. The 13.1-mile course stretches from downtown Indianapolis to the famed 2.5 mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and ends downtown in Military Park.

Barth Miller Mini 2015

Bipartisan Team Run 2015

 

 


Final Council Meeting: 12/14/15

April 13, 2016

Speaking at my final meeting of the Indianapolis City/County Council after four years of service and three years as Council VP.

 

Councillor Barth


Art for Neighborhoods, Proposal 315, to be Heard by Full Council on November 30, 2015

October 24, 2015

On October 14th, Councilor Barth’s “Art for Neighborhoods” proposal was passed unanimously by the Council’s Community Affairs and Education Committee. The Art for Neighborhoods program, aimed at supporting and creating vibrant Indianapolis neighborhoods, will now be heard by the full Council on November 30, 2015 at 7:00 at the City/County Building. Below is a Prezi with more detail about how the Art for Neighborhoods program supports economic development, improves public space, and promotes investment in community building.


Art for Neighborhoods, Proposal 315, to be Heard on October 14, 2015

October 11, 2015

Vibrant neighborhoods are the key to our city’s future. On October 14th, Councilor Barth’s “Art for Neighborhoods” proposal will be heard by the Indianapolis City/County Council’s Community Affairs and Education Committee at 5:30 at the City/County Building. Proposal 315 creates the Art for Neighborhoods program, aimed at empowering residents to bring art and public space beautification to their neighborhoods. Learn more about how the Art for Neighborhoods program supports economic development, improves public space, and promotes investment in community building by watching this Prezi.


Statement Regarding Council Overturn of Mayor’s Veto of Proposal 47

April 21, 2015

Media Statement from President Maggie A. Lewis and Vice President John Barth Regarding Council Overturn of Mayor’s Veto of Proposal 47
“Tonight the Indianapolis City County Council voted to overturn the Mayor’s veto of Proposal 47 28-1. This is an important vote for our city and affirms the Council’s strong support for public safety. We look forward to seeing the $4.7 million dollars appropriated with the veto override to be used quickly for equipping and training our IMPD officers.”


Bipartisan Team to Run OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to Support Project Home Indy

April 15, 2015

Bipartisan Team to Run OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to Support Project Home Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (April 16, 2015/Coles Marketing) – Politicians run against each other at election time, but a bipartisan trio has found a reason to run together this May.

Indianapolis City/County Council Vice President John Barth, Councillor Jeff Miller and State Rep. Christina Hale will be running the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon to support local nonprofit Project Home Indy.

Project Home Indy is a nonprofit dedicated to serving homeless teen moms and their babies. Barth, Miller and Hale are asking supporters to donate $20 to sponsor their mini-run on Saturday, May 2.

Barth, a Project Home Indy board member, said, “I’m proud to support the 500 Festival and Project Home Indy, two important nonprofit organizations in Indianapolis. Project Home Indy serves a critical function in our city, helping at-risk young women get on the right track to self-sufficiency.”

The three politicans hope to raise $5,000 for Project Home Indy. Donations can be made at the Project Home Indy website: projecthomeindy.org.

“We appreciate Councillor Barth, Councillor Miller and Representative Hale’s support of our young families,” said Project Home Indy Executive Director Lakshmi Hasanadka. “They are working together to raise awareness about our mission to break the devastating cycles of poverty, abuse and neglect that plague the young families we serve.”

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to use my love of running the Mini-Marathon as a way to bring attention to Project Home Indy and the work they do in Indianapolis,” said Miller, who represents a southside district.

The three officials will visit Project Home Indy’s home on April 18 to take a tour and learn more about the program offered.

Now in its 39th year, the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon is the nation’s largest half-marathon. As the 500 Festival’s largest fundraiser and a vital part of the city’s civic fabric, proceeds from the race help fund the 500 Festival’s free program and events. The 13.1-mile course stretches from downtown Indianapolis to the famed 2.5 mile oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and ends downtown in Military Park.

Project Home Indy provides a nurturing residential environment to empower homeless teenage girls who are pregnant or parenting to gain self-sufficiency.

Learn more online at www.projecthomeindy.org and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/projecthomeindy.