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November 2019 News Releases


City Offers Free On-Street Parking For Thanksgiving Weekend and in City Garages Saturdays in December

The City of Bloomington will offer free on-street parking downtown from Thursday, November 28 through Sunday, December 1 in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.  

City Seeks Prospective Master Planning and Design Teams for Hospital Site Redevelopment

The City of Bloomington’s Redevelopment Commission has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking a qualified, multidisciplinary team of planners, architects, civil engineers, and urban designers to provide Master Planning and Design services for the IU Health Bloomington Hospital Redevelopment Project.

Regional Opportunity Initiatives Grant for City’s Banneker Community Center to Enhance Facility and Increase Diversity Programming

The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department announced today that the Bloomington Parks Foundation has received a $199,600 grant from Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) to create a community cultural hub at the Banneker Community Center to foster and celebrate diversity and inclusion within Bloomington and Monroe County. 

City of Bloomington Earns Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign Index for Fifth Consecutive Year

In partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced that Bloomington has again been awarded a perfect score on the annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI).

City Invites Continued Engagement on Issues of Race and Inclusion in Bloomington


Mayor John Hamilton Invites Bloomington to City's Switchyard Park for Grand Opening This Weekend

An event that has been decades in the making, the grand opening of the city's new Switchyard Park takes place on November 16 and 17. Mayor John Hamilton invites the public to celebrate Switchyard Park with a series of events on Saturday evening and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Demolition of Fourth Street Garage Complete This Week; 17th Street to Reopen in Spring

Demolition of the Fourth Street Garage is scheduled for completion by the end of this week. Fourth Street remains closed to through traffic between South College Avenue and South Walnut Street during business hours today as a safety precaution.

Community Hunting Access Program Deer Hunts Scheduled at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve in November


Off-Duty Bloomington Firefighter Saves Neighbors from House Fire

An off-duty Bloomington firefighter is being credited with saving the lives of two neighbors in a structure fire that occurred just after midnight on Wednesday, November 6.

Bloomington’s Public Art Offerings Expand with Mural by Renowned Contemporary Artist Nina Chanel Abney at Graduate Bloomington

A one-of-a-kind mural drawing inspiration from popular culture and the Bloomington community’s love for basketball is currently being installed on the western facade of the Graduate Bloomington hotel at 210 East Kirkwood Avenue. 

City Issues RFI for Mixed-Use Development of 1.5-Acre Parcel Adjacent to Switchyard Park

The City of Bloomington today issued a Request for Information (RFI) inviting experienced housing developers to indicate their interest in and qualifications for the development of affordable and workforce housing at a City-owned site adjacent to the soon-to-open, 65-acre Switchyard Park. 

Prescribed Burn to Improve Wildlife Habitat, Plant Diversity at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Prescribed burn will take place between Nov. 6, 2019 and June 1, 2020, depending on ideal weather conditions.

Banneker Campers Will Learn to Swim Through Parks’ State-Funded Program in 2020

Banneker Community Center received a $9,937 Youth and Adolescent Physical Activity Grant from the Indiana State Department of Health.