BTNA January Board Meeting will be held on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 6:30pm

The January meeting of the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association will be held on Monday, January 12, 2015 starting at 6:30pm at the MLK Community Center. All neighbors are welcome and encouraged to attend!



Christmas Tree Recycling

Per the IBJ: City officials said Monday that park gates are once again open to Christmas trees for mulching.

The decision reverses an unpopular new policy that required residents to recycle their trees curbside.

“In response to feedback from residents across Marion County, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) today announced that it will restore its live Christmas tree collection program at Indy Parks,” the department announced in a news release.

Trees can be dropped off immediately at eight parks until Jan. 31, but residents can continue to recycle curbside, as well.

It was the first time in more than a decade that the city didn’t accept trees in parks for recycling, and it proved confusing to residents. At Broad Ripple Park, for example, residents have discarded about 30 trees in a heap despite a sign explaining that it was not a drop-off site anymore.


Indy Christmas tree program under fire from recycling advocates

The city tried the new program because officials thought it would be more convenient for residents to drag their trees to the curb rather than truck them to the park. But the curbside program also required people to cut trees into portions less than 4 feet long and wrap them with twine or rope.

The change left Indianapolis as the only one of six major cities in the region not providing a public tree recycling program this year.

The eight parks for recycling trees are:

•Broad Ripple Park, 1610 Broad Ripple Ave.

•Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair St.

•Garfield Park, 2432 Conservatory Drive.

•Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road.

•Perry Park, 451 E. Stop 11 Road.

•Riverside Park, 2420 N. Riverside Drive.

•Sahm Park, 6801 E. 91st St.

•Northwestway Park, 5253 W. 62nd St.


Butler University Recognized by the Carnegie Foundation

The The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recently recognized Butler University (Official Page) for her community engagement!


Trash/Recycling Suspended Wednesday and Thursday Due to Extreme Cold

The Department of Public Works (DPW) will suspend residential trash, heavy trash and curbside recycling Wednesday, Jan. 7, and Thursday, Jan. 8, because very low temperatures will make it unsafe for crews and DPW equipment.

Residents on Wednesday routes will have a double pick-up next week.

Here is the new schedule for this week and next:

  • On Friday, January 9, we will pick up regular Thursday trash routes.
  • On Saturday, January 10, we will pick up regular Friday trash routes.
  • Next week, Wednesday, January 14, we will hold a double pick-up for regular Wednesday routes.
  • For Republic curbside recycling customers, there will be a double pick-up on their next regularly scheduled curbside recycling pick-up day.

DPW will monitor weather conditions closely and will not resume trash pick-up until temperatures rise enough to ensure employee safety.

For more information or to report any trash related issues, please use RequestIndy  online or the mobile application on your smart phone, visit or call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4MAC.


Scam Artist Alert

Neighbors we were recently made aware by Nextdoor that Richard Adams (white male, age 52 and bald) was released from prison early and has jumped right back into attempting to scam well meaning residents around Indianapolis, Indiana.

If you see him in BTNA please call 911. 

Please use caution if he approaches you, and do not let him into your home or vehicle under any circumstance.

Here is a link to his 2010 arrest:



Package theft at an all time high during the holidays!

Neighbors we’ve received a few reports that packages have been stolen off homeowners porches recently. Please keep an eye out and REPORT all incidents — or suspicious people to the police (317-327-3811)!