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2024 News Releases

Building Trades Park Master Plan graphic existing conditions May 2024

Building Trades Park Master Plan Highlights Accessibility

Master Plan created to address current, future needs of park users

Mills Pool water feature and umbrellas.

City's Bryan Park and Mills Pools, Community Foundation Switchyard Plaza Spray Pad at Switchyard Park, Open May 25 for the 2024 Season

For up-to-the-minute information on hours of operation, call the Aquatics Hotline at 812-349-3741.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

Thomson One of Six Mayors Invited to the Mayors’ Institute on City Design

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

CITY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON CITY’S BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

BLOOMINGTON/MONROE COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES 2024 HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD WINNERS

Winner - Harper

BLOOMINGTON/MONROE COUNTY HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES 2024 YOUTH ART/ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

Network cables and optic fibers on bright blue background

Bloomington Nonprofits Invited to Apply for 2024 Digital Equity Grants

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

SWITCHYARD, OTHER ENCAMPMENTS BEING CLEARED AND CLEANED

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

PUBLIC SAFETY HOUSING PILOT CANCELED

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

KATHERINE ZAIGER AND SHATOYIA MOSS NAMED AS INTERIM LEADERS

Beverly Calender-Anderson

City’s Community and Family Resources Department Director Announces Retirement

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

MAYOR ISSUES CLARIFYING STATEMENT ON IU ARRESTS AT ENCAMPMENTS

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Bloomington Police Initiatives to Improve Recruiting and Safety

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City Receives INDOT Grant to Improve Roads

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

Bloomington Residents Invited to Map Local Hot Spots City among 13 selected by National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association

The City of Bloomington through its Department of Economic and Sustainable Development (the City) is inviting community members to participate in a survey aimed at gathering valuable insights regarding climate change concerns and social vulnerabilities. The survey is a vital part of our ongoing efforts to update the comprehensive Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment that was completed in 2020.

Residents Encouraged to Apply for Stormwater Grants

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

City of Bloomington Celebrates 2024 Be More Award Recipients

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

City of Bloomington Launches Climate Action Dashboard, Striving to be a Leader in Transparency and Accountability

OUTDOOR DINING

Another Season of Outdoor Dining on Kirkwood Begins April 29

Red car plugged into a non-metered charging station at Switchyard Park in April 2024

Free EV Charging Stations at Switchyard Park Updated to Metered Stations

Metered EV charging stations will be available for public use later this month.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

CITY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO SERVE ON CITY’S BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

City of Bloomington Encourages Bloomington Residents to Join the Monroe County Broadband Challenge

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City Offers Grant Funding Up to $25,000 for Solar, Energy Efficiency, & Lighting

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

Bloomington-Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMCMPO) 2050 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

The Red Line in the image shows the project limits

RESIDENTS INVITED TO GIVE INPUT ON HIGH STREET MULTIUSE PROJECT

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

CONSTRUCTION OF THE HAWTHORNE/WEATHERSTONE NEIGHBORHOOD GREENWAY MOVES FORWARD

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

THOMSON NAMES KILLION-HANSON TO LEAD HAND

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

Safety Week Events to Run April 1-5: City, Residents to Collaborate Over Tacos, Ice Cream, Snacks

Cecil Penland with GLPTI Board Chair Rowdy Perry and Assistant Director Layne Elliott

Switchyard Park Receives 2024 Great Lakes Park Award for Groundbreaking Design and Accessibility Initiatives

Switchyard Park nominated for its positive impact on environmental, social, and economic well-being.

 The 2nd Annual Bike to Earth Day Event at Switchyard Park on April 20, 2024

CITY OF BLOOMINGTON INVITES RESIDENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS TO ATTEND THE 2ND ANNUAL BIKE TO EARTH DAY EVENT AT SWITCHYARD PARK

Peonies next to a granite grave marker at Rose Hill Cemetery

SPRING CLEANUP SCHEDULED AT CITY'S ROSE HILL AND WHITE OAK CEMETERIES

Grave decorations that are damaged, broken, faded, or out of season will be removed and disposed of.

The City of Bloomington Information & Technology Services (ITS) Department today announced the launch of the new Bloomington Geospatial Hub

BLOOMINGTON ANNOUNCES GEOHUB GEOSPATIAL PORTAL

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

CITY OF BLOOMINGTON ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ARTIST QUALIFICATIONS FOR HOPEWELL COMMONS 1% FOR THE ARTS INSTALLATION

2024 Women's achievement award nominations

City Announces 2024 Women’s Achievement Award Winners

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

Bloomington's Urban Enterprise Association Announces 2024 Grants And Scholarships

The Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) proudly announces an array of grant and scholarship programs designed to uplift businesses and residents within the Enterprise Zone, with a renewed emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

Arbor Day poster contest 2024 entry deadline April 1

Arbor Day Poster Contest Commemorates 40 Years of Tree Stewardship in Bloomington

Submit a poster entry by April 1. Winners announced on Arbor Day, April 26.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

Mayor Thomson To Hold Traveling Town Halls: Open and accessible government comes to the people

Mayor Kerry Thomson is committed to an open government that is accessible to all Bloomington residents. In that spirit, she will be out in the community conducting a series of traveling town hall meetings.

E 3rd St showing cars parked in the bike lane on the right side of road

City Of Bloomington Announces East Third Street Bicycle Lane Improvement Project

Traffic separation barriers will be installed along certain portions of the existing buffer between the bicycle lane and the motor vehicle travel lanes on E 3rd St between Indiana Ave and Eagleson Ave.

Join the International Festival 2024 graphic call for artists, food vendors and entertainers

Apply for Free Vendor or Exhibit Space at April 28 International Festival

Space is limited, and applications are accepted through April 12 or until all spaces are filled.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

City Accepting Applications To Serve On City’s Boards And Commissions

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the City's boards or commissions.

speed hump and bump-outs on W Allen St. greenway

City Of Bloomington Announces 2024 Traffic Calming And Neighborhood Greenway Projects Promoting Sustainable Connectivity

The City for Bloomington is pleased to announce its 2024 Traffic Calming and Neighborhood Greenway projects. Neighborhood greenways are designed to enhance walking and bicycling connections by creating low-speed, low-volume, shared-space streets that prioritize the safety and comfort of pedestrians and cyclists.

Artist rendering of new Bryan Park playground February 2024

Bryan Park Playground Will Be Replaced This Spring

Playground removal scheduled for February and March; new playground to open later this spring.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

City Accepting Nominations For Be More Awards Honoring Volunteers

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

City Of Bloomington Announces Call For Street Mural Along Allen Street Greenway

The City of Bloomington invites artists and artist teams to propose a mural design at the intersection of Allen and Fairview Streets along the Allen Street Greenway.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

Bloomington Arts Commission Announces 2024 Grant Cycles

The Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC), in collaboration with the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA), has announced its 2024 grant cycles to fund the arts and cultivate cultural experiences in Bloomington.

Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month Gala Honoring Living Legend Elizabeth Ann Bridgwaters

The Bloomington community is cordially invited to attend the annual Black History Month Gala on Saturday, February 24 at 6 p.m., as we honor Elizabeth Ann Bridgwaters, affectionately known as "Betty," as the 2024 Living Legend. Betty's remarkable contributions to our community will be celebrated alongside the Outstanding Black Leaders of Tomorrow award recipients.

autumn scene of Kirkwood Ave looking west, cars, bikes, pedestrians

City Of Bloomington Launches Safe Streets And Roads For All (Ss4a) Webmap And Survey

Today, the City of Bloomington is announcing the launch of the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) webmap and survey, aimed at enhancing roadway safety through community engagement.

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City of Bloomington Utilities Moves Forward with Stormwater Infrastructure Project at City Hall

The City of Bloomington Utilities Department (CBU) is replacing a stormwater box culvert at the Morton St entrance to City Hall. The project will begin on Monday 2/12/24 and will be complete by Tuesday 2/27/24.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

City Of Bloomington’s Leadership In Sustainability Expands Renewable Energy Production Across The Community In 2023

In 2023, the City of Bloomington lived up to its designation as a Gold SolSmart City, investing $850,000 in solar expansion to residents, nonprofits, and businesses in Bloomington. The City is pleased to report on the positive impacts these investments have made in the Bloomington community.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

City Commission On The Status Of Women Announces The 2024 Women’s History Month Luncheon

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women announces the 2024 Women’s History Month Luncheon, which will take place on Thursday, March 28, 2024 from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Monroe Convention Center, located at 302 S College Ave in Bloomington.

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Veteran Indiana Contractor Milestone Begins Clear Creek Culvert Reconstruction Project with City of Bloomington Utilities: Work to go through August 2024

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) has contracted with Indiana- based Milestone Contractors LP to begin work on the Clear Creek Culvert Reconstruction project in Bloomington, Indiana, on February 5, 2024. The project will improve stormwater drainage and utility infrastructure in the downtown Bloomington area from Dunn Street to Indiana Avenue, fully updating the circa-1900 tunnel to current standards and preparing the municipal separate storm sewer system for years to come.

Street tree ready to be planted along a city street

Parks and Recreation Planting Trees to Replace Those Removed for Powerline Project

Tree planting companies have until Feb. 23 to submit a bid to plant 157 trees.

2024 Women's achievement award nominations

City Commission On The Status Of Women Extends Nomination Deadline For Annual Awards

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominees for the 2024 Woman of the Year, Toby Strout Lifetime Contribution, Emerging Leader, and Young Woman of the Year awards. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, February 9th, 2024.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

City Accepting Applications To Serve On City’s Boards And Commissions

The City of Bloomington is accepting applications from community members who would like to serve on one of the City boards or commissions.

North gateway overhead location map January 2024

City Incorporates Public Art Installation in Final North Gateway Design

The Bloomington Arts Commission will collaborate with Parks to solicit designs and select the final art.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

Mayor Thomson Announces Board And Commission Appointments

Before taking office, Mayor Kerry Thomson put out a call to the community, asking residents to get involved in their local government by volunteering to serve on City boards and commissions. The community has answered that call, and today Thomson is pleased to announce her appointments to the following boards and commissions.

A woman farm vendor places a whole yellow onion into a plastic shopping bag for a Market customer. Photo by Merrill Hatlen.

City Accepting Applications for Farm and Prepared Food Vending Spaces at 2024 Bloomington Community Farmers' Market

Farmers and growers, and food and beverage artisans, apply by Feb. 21 to receive full consideration.

speed hump on Maxwell St

City Invites Residents To Apply For 2024 Resident-Led Traffic Calming Program

The City of Bloomington 2024 Resident-Led Traffic Calming grant program is now open, empowering residents to actively contribute to the safety and well-being of their neighborhoods.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

Nominations Sought For 2024 Bloomington/Monroe County Human Rights Award

The Bloomington/Monroe County Human Rights Commission (BMCHRC) is seeking nominations for the 2024 Human Rights Award, recognizing an individual or group that has made specific, significant contributions to improving civil rights, human relations, or civility in our community.

Civic Access Portal Upgrade

MLK monument with pink cherry blossoms in foreground

Community Invited To The 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration

Mayor Kerry Thomson invites the community to the City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on Monday, January 15, 2024, at 6 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. This is a free event open to the public.

A Fair of the Arts logo on black background

Parks and Recreation Accepting Applications for Vendor Spaces at 2024 Art Fairs

Apply by Feb. 16 to receive full consideration.

The 5th Annual Black y Brown Arts Festival is in Switchyard Park; City and County Collaborate For the Tenth Annual Bug Fest; and Bloomington Hosts United Against Hate Forum

Mayor Thomson Launches Reviews of City Work

As a part of her commitment to build a better, more responsive and effective city government, today Bloomington Mayor Kerry Thomson announced a series of internal reviews that will shape her administration and its approach to governing in the years to come.