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May 2021 News Releases

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City Hosts 2021 Juneteenth Celebration

The City of Bloomington will host a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 19 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at Switchyard Park (1601 South Rogers Street).  Juneteenth is the annual, national commemoration of the ending of slavery. 
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City Launches 7-Line with Community Kickoff

he City of Bloomington invites community members to a kickoff marking the start of construction of the 7-Line, a transformation of 7th Street providing a protected east-west bicycle lane, improved bus stops, and improved pedestrian features.  The multimodal corridor will connect the B-Line, downtown, the Indiana University campus, and neighborhoods on the city’s east and west sides while improving comfort, safety, and efficiency for all road users.

Residents Invited to Apply for 2021 Citizens’ Academy

The City of Bloomington Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development (HAND) invites residents to apply for the 2021 Citizens’ Academy, to be held on ten consecutive Thursday evenings  from 6 to 8 p.m., August 26 to October 28.

Community Conversation on Increasing Pedestrian Accessibility Opportunities for All

The City of Bloomington Council for Community Accessibility’s Transportation and Mobility Committee is hosting a community conversation on “Increasing Pedestrian Accessibility Opportunities for All” on Monday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Community Members to Lead Future of Policing Task Force

A new resident-led task force has been named to review and make recommendations about law enforcement in Bloomington and Monroe County. The Future of Policing Task Force is being established as part of the City’s commitment to the reduction of racial inequities and continuous improvement of outcomes for all residents, as outlined in Mayor John Hamilton’s 2020 Recover Forward initiative and the City’s Plan to Advance Racial Equity. 
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Tuesday Market, A Fair of the Arts Open for the 2021 Season on June 1 at Switchyard Park 

The first Tuesday Market and A Fair of the Arts of the 2021 season are June 1 at Switchyard Park
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City Pools Open for the 2021 Season on May 29

Bryan Park Pool and Mills Pool open Saturday, May 29 at 11 a.m. Admission is $5/person.
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7-Line Construction to Begin in June; 2700 Feet of Sidewalk Replaced on West Sixth Street

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington.  The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.

Recover Forward Funds Homeownership and Permanent Affordability Through Shared Appreciation Program

An affordable homeownership program funded through Mayor John Hamilton’s Recover Forward initiative has successfully helped a first participant purchase a home of her own.

Mayor Hamilton Issues Executive Order Rescinding City Gathering Limit

Mayor John Hamilton today issued Executive Order 20-04, which rescinds the City of Bloomington’s Executive Order 20-03, limiting the size of non-commercial gatherings within the city limits to 15 people. The City’s new order goes into effect Monday, May 17, 2021.

BPD Employee Reports Positive COVID-19 Test Result

A Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee was the only city worker to report a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test over the past week. The employee was not a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case at the City. (Close contact is defined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset--or, for asymptomatic clients, two days prior to positive specimen collection--until the time the patient is isolated.)

Proposed Design for West First Street Reconstruction Project to be Shared; Intersection Improvements at 17th and Dunn; Northern Section of Jackson Creek Trail Extension Underway

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington.  The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.

Commission on Aging Announces Senior Recognition Program

The Bloomington Commission on Aging is observing Older Americans Month in May with the launch of the Senior Focus program.  The program will recognize the contributions of older adults in the community by highlighting individuals for their accomplishments, resilience in the face of challenge, and presence as a role model for others in the community.  The 2021 theme of Older Americans Month is “Communities of Strength.” 

City Selects Provider to Lead Anti-Racism Training for Elected Officials and Department Heads

The Center for Equity and Inclusion has been selected to lead anti-racism training for City of Bloomington department heads and elected officials.  Mayor John Hamilton and City Clerk Nicole Bolden announced their commitment to providing and participating in anti-racism training in July 2020, and invited the City’s other elected officials and appointed department heads to join in the training. 
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Waldron Task Force Issues Report Recommending Future Uses for Former City Hall

The Waldron Recommendation Task Force has issued a report summarizing its activities, findings, and recommendations for future uses for the circa-1915 building at 122 South Walnut Street. The ownership of the building reverted from Ivy Tech Community College to City of Bloomington in January 2021. The report, available here, will inform the City’s actions with regard to the building’s future. 
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Two City Workers Report Positive COVID-19 Test Results

A Parks and Recreation department employee and a Bloomington Police Department (BPD) employee reported receiving positive results of COVID-19 viral tests over the last week. Neither of these employees was a close contact of a previous COVID-19 case at the City.
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Public Meeting to Share Proposed Design of First Street Reconstruction Project; New Playgrounds for Winslow Woods, Butler Parks; Sidewalks on Sixth

Numerous infrastructure improvement projects are underway this season to advance community goals, including safety, sustainability, accessibility, equity, economic vitality, and quality of life in Bloomington.  The City will provide regular public updates on a range of these improvements as they progress.