2020 Collaborative Spirit Awardee
Pathways over Pogue’s (POP)
Pathways over Pogue’s (POP) is a standing committee of the 501(c)(3) Friends of Brookside and Spades Park. POP was formed by a grassroots group of neighbors on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis in 2017 to advocate for the repair of the historic but crumbling Nowland Avenue Bridge in Spades Park. The core group is made up of volunteers from several neighborhoods, including Spades Park, Springdale, Woodruff Place, Emerson Heights, and Little Flower. Early on, Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) became a supporter and partner. POP learned that the City is severely underfunded for infrastructure repairs, but the City encouraged them to raise some of the funds themselves in order to be in a better position for the City to pitch in.
POP took the challenge. In 2020, POP celebrated many achievements: design work of the bridge was complete and a new fundraising campaign began, raising close to $150,000 through grants and outreach to individuals and businesses.
Update: In 2021, POP secured the additional funds to repair the historic Nowland Avenue Bridge in Spades Park and pave the way to finish the Pogue’s Run Trail.
Previous Award Winners
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