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2020 News Releases


Fourth City Employee Diagnosed With COVID-19


Spray Pad at Switchyard Park Opens June 30

The spray pad at Switchyard Park opens at 10 a.m. June 30, 2020.

Bloomington Health Foundation Grant Triples the Value of Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Vouchers at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market

Grant will assist the Farmers' Market in supporting access to nutrition for vulnerable populations and boost the local food economy.

Redevelopment Commission to Review Housing Design Proposal for Affordable Housing Development at Switchyard Park

Property adjacent to the City of Bloomington’s new Switchyard Park will be transformed into affordable housing and commercial space. The City’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) will review a proposed affordable housing design at its meeting on Monday, June 29 at 5:00 pm.

After Nearly 12 Weeks Without a New Case, Third City Employee Diagnosed With COVID-19

After nearly 12 weeks without a new case, a third employee of the City of Bloomington has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19, an employee of the Bloomington Fire Department was placed on leave last week awaiting test results for coronavirus, the positive result of which was returned today.

Kirkwood Complete, East Third Street Construction Continues

This summer the City of Bloomington continues to advance projects enhancing safety, transportation, economic vitality, and quality of life. Improvements to city streets, parking facilities, and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure are among the essential activities permitted to proceed by state and local regulations and in compliance with current public health guidelines.

Trial Run of Kirkwood Avenue as Pedestrian and Outdoor Dining Space

The City of Bloomington announces the trial closure of Kirkwood Avenue between Indiana and Grant Streets to vehicular traffic from Friday afternoon, June 19, through Sunday evening, June 21.

Tuesday Market Moves to Switchyard Park, Opens 2020 Season June 16

The Bloomington Community Farmers' Market opens the weekday version of the Market for the 2020 season on June 16 from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Pavilion at Switchyard Park, 1601 S. Rogers St. 

Community Invited to 7-Line Information Session Thursday, June 18

An informational meeting to be held Thursday, June 18 will offer residents the opportunity to learn more and offer input about the new 7-Line, which will provide a protected east-west bicycle lane and improved bus corridor along Seventh Street.

Community Invited to Virtual Town Hall on Hospital Site Redevelopment

The City invites residents to participate in and learn more about the process of redeveloping the current site of IU Health Bloomington Hospital at a virtual town hall public forum Tuesday, June 16 at 6 p.m. 

Kirkwood Reopened with Pedestrian Enhancements; Board of Public Works to Consider Petition for Temporary Weekend Street Closures to Expand Seating

The City of Bloomington continues to advance projects enhancing safety, transportation, economic vitality, and quality of life this spring. Improvements to city streets, parking facilities, and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure are among the essential activities permitted to proceed by state and local regulations and in compliance with current public health guidelines.

Indiana Solar for All Grant Deadline Extended to July 1, 2020

Indiana Solar for All (IFSA), a nonprofit project of the Center for Sustainable Living working in partnership with the Solarize Bloomington campaign, is currently accepting grant applications for solar systems from area homeowners with fixed or limited incomes. Applications will be accepted at until an extended deadline of July 1.

City Seeks Proposals for Public Art Installation at Trades District Garage


Bloomington Community Farmers' Market Permits On-site Sales This Saturday

The Farmers' Market offers a combination of online shopping and on-site purchasing for the first time in the 2020 season June 6.

Kirkwood Scheduled to Reopen Week of June 8 with Pedestrian Enhancements; Progress on Garage Projects

The City of Bloomington continues to advance projects enhancing safety, transportation, economic vitality, and quality of life this spring.  Improvements to city streets, parking facilities, and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure are among the essential activities permitted to proceed by state and local regulations and in compliance with current public health guidelines.

City's Bryan Park and Mills Pools Will Not Open in Summer 2020

The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department today announced that its two outdoor pools will remain closed for the summer in order to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19.

Bicentennial Bonds Projects Progress on Seventh Street, Lower Cascades, and Beyond

Seven public improvement projects announced in Bloomington’s bicentennial year as a gift to its future are making significant progress this spring.  Proposed by Mayor John Hamilton and supported by a $10 million bond approved by the Bloomington Common Council in 2018, the projects will add miles of new greenways and trails, reactivate downtown alleyways, expand the city’s tree canopy, and create attractive gateways to the community.

Ivy Tech Plans to Return Waldron Arts Center to City of Bloomington

Updated Historic Structures Survey Data Now Searchable at City Website

The results of the Bloomington Historic Sites and Structures Survey of more than 6,000 city addresses may now be searched at the City of Bloomington website via myBloomington and at the B-Clear open data portal.

Kirkwood Pedestrian Enhancement Project Progress, Paving/Concrete Updates

The City of Bloomington continues to advance projects enhancing safety, transportation, economic vitality, and quality of life this spring.  Improvements to city streets, parking facilities, and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure are among the essential activities permitted to proceed by state and local regulations and in compliance with current public health guidelines. 

Bloomington Transit Launches Summer Break Schedule Monday, June 1

Starting Monday, June 1, Bloomington Transit (BT) will begin operating most routes on a summer break schedule, with several important changes.  Please note the following features of this summer’s schedule:

Kirkwood Pedestrian Enhancement Project and City Garages Progress, Paving Schedule

The City of Bloomington continues to advance projects enhancing safety, transportation, economic vitality, and quality of life this spring.  Improvements to city streets, parking facilities, and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure are among the essential activities permitted to proceed by state and local regulations and in compliance with current public health guidelines. 

City Announces Cancellation of 2020 Fourth of July Parade, Delay in Opening Outdoor Pool Operations

Decision about outdoor pool operations is pending.

City of Bloomington Accepting Applications for Community Development Block Grants CARES Act Funding

Local agencies that serve low- and moderate-income households in Bloomington may now apply for federal assistance to alleviate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Kirkwood Pedestrian Enhancement Project Progess, Plus Paving and Road Improvement Updates

The City of Bloomington continues to advance projects enhancing safety, transportation, economic vitality, and quality of life this spring. 

City of Bloomington Utilities Begins Water Main Replacement Project on Courthouse Square

The City of Bloomington Utilities’ (CBU) program to update the city’s water transmission and distribution system proceeds this week with the replacement of a water main near the courthouse square.  Starting today, crews are working in the block bounded by West 6th Street, West 7th Street, North College Avenue, and North Walnut Street, and in the alleys in that block. 

CBU Begins Final Stage of Demolition at Decommissioned Griffy Plant

The City of Bloomington Utilities Department (CBU) has begun demolition of the decommissioned Griffy Water Treatment Plant this week.  Located on North Dunn Street on the northern edge of the lake, the plant supplied drinking water sourced from Griffy Lake from 1925 until 1996, when Lake Monroe became Bloomington’s sole water source and the plant was taken out of service.  

City of Bloomington Utilities Issues Precautionary Boil Water Advisory

During repair of a water main on South Coppertree Drive this morning, some City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) customers were temporarily disconnected from water service.

Mayor Urges Community Members to Register to Vote, Request Absentee Ballot, Participate in Census

Mayor John Hamilton reminds community members that the deadline to register to vote in the June 2 primary election is Monday, May 4.  Voters may register to vote and check the status of their registration record at the online state portal at  

Bloomington Human Rights Commission Announces 29th Annual Essay/Art Contest Winners


Updates to Kirkwood Pedestrian Enhancement Project, Garages, Bike Lanes, Paving Schedule

Bloomington Community Farmers' Market Moves to Showers Common in May, Expands Online Ordering Capacity to 750

The Bloomington Community Farmers' Market, with support and direction from the Monroe County Health Department, is merging its successful online ordering system with a physically distanced walk-through customer order pick up as the market returns to its usual location at Showers Common, 401 N. Morton St. on Saturday, May 2.

Bloomington Transit Service Change Decision and Implementation Postponed Until 2021

Bloomington Transit (BT) will not implement recommended service changes to most of its fixed routes before January 2021, per last week’s decision by the Bloomington Public Transportation Corporation Board of Directors.  At their Tuesday, April 21 meeting, the board voted to postpone decisions on approval and implementation of service changes recommended by the Route Optimization Study conducted in 2018-19.

City of Bloomington Utilities Encourages Flushing Pipes in Vacant Buildings

The City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) is encouraging building owners and property managers to consider implementing a water management program (as described below) in currently unoccupied properties to prevent water stagnation in the service line and plumbing system. 

Webinar to Offer Information for Business Owners Navigating COVID-19 Relief Programs

The City of Bloomington’s Economic Stabilization & Recovery (ES&R) working group invites local small businesses, nonprofits, and media to attend an interactive webinar on COVID-19 funding programs on Friday, April 24, at 10:00 am. 

Digital Equity Community Survey to Identify Internet Needs and Gaps in Bloomington

In the next few days, a randomized sample of 6500 Bloomington households will be receiving a survey from the City of Bloomington to assess how residents use internet services. 

First Round of Funds Distributed to City Businesses, Nonprofits From Rapid Response Fund

The first round of financial awards is being disbursed today from the City’s Rapid Response Fund (RRF) to businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thus far, $240,600 has been distributed to seven applicants, and fifteen additional applicants have been selected for awards amounting to another $310,170 for a total of $550,700 in approved funding.  

City Joins Global Observance and Encourages Climate Action for Earth Day 2020

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day on April 22, the City of Bloomington is participating in a 24-hour showcase of climate action from around the globe and encouraging residents to pursue and share their own environmental action. 

City Shares Health Update About First Family

Mayor John Hamilton announced that he received a negative test result for COVID-19 today. Having self-quarantined since his wife Dawn Johnsen received a positive diagnosis on April 9, the mayor began experiencing flu-like symptoms several days ago and was tested April 18.

Virtual Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Completion of Switchyard Apartments

Mayor John Hamilton and other City officials, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities and other partners are part of a virtual ribbon-cutting presentation released today to officially open the first phase of Switchyard Apartments.

City Partners with Community Volunteer Mask Drive to Amplify Effort and Equip City Workers

City of Bloomington employees are currently being issued fabric masks produced through the efforts of the Bloomington Fabric Mask Drive.  The City coordinated with the volunteer effort led by the Bloomington Quilters’ Guild and Patient Physical Therapy to provide space for mask making and distribution at the Allison-Jukebox Community Center, a Parks and Recreation Department property closed since the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Temporary Two-Way Traffic Pattern on Washington from Fourth to Kirkwood as Kirkwood Project Proceeds

Having begun April 1, the project to repair crosswalks and install bollards on Kirkwood Avenue has proceeded to the intersection with Washington Street this week.  The intersection has been closed to traffic and the block of Washington south of Kirkwood has been temporarily converted to a two-way street to allow access to affected businesses from Fourth Street. 

Mayor Hamilton Increases Regular Media Appearances During COVID-19 Crisis

In an effort to be as available to residents and to share information as broadly as possible during the COVID-19 crisis, Mayor John Hamilton and his staff have increased regular media appearances to provide updates on City services, highlight resources, and answer questions.

Harmless Sodium Permanganate Residual May Turn Tap Water Pink

City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) experienced an equipment malfunction at the Monroe Water Treatment Plant that may result in some customers noticing a pink tint to their tap water in the coming days. The pink tint does not pose any threat to human health.

City Shares COVID-19 Case Information


City Accepting Applications For Loans to Small Businesses, Nonprofits, Cultural Groups


CDC Protocols Continue Across City Operations After Second Employee Diagnosed With COVID-19


COVID-19 Protections in Place for April 3 Prescribed Burn at Griffy Lake

Prescribed burn to improve wildlife habitat, plant diversity at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

117 Vendors Accepted for 2020 Bloomington Community Farmers' Market; Season Launches April 4 With Online Shopping and Drive-Through Pickup

With 99 farm vendors and 18 food and beverage artisans accepted for the 2020 season, the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market is poised to launch Saturday, April 4 -- initially with an online shopping experience that will allow the Market to continue as an essential food source and key component of the local food economy while following health and safety protocols necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bloomington Transit and BT Access To Continue Operating on Spring Break Schedule Next Week

Kirkwood and School Zone Enhancement Projects Get Earlier Start; Bike Lanes, Multi-use Paths, Traffic Calming Among Other Improvements Underway

Road improvements and other public infrastructure projects will proceed on schedule and in several cases earlier than projected as a way of making use of currently underutilized streets and sidewalks.  While the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order (Executive Order 20-08) restricts all but essential business and travel throughout the state until April 7 as a measure to limit the spread of COVID-19, public projects enhancing safety and transportation are among the essential activities permitted to proceed.  Several City-led projects have been pushed forward in consideration of the suspension of classes for the spring semester at Indiana University and MCCSC’s current contingency learning plan.   

CDC Protocols Continue at Bloomington Fire Department After Confirmed Case of COVID-19


Residents Asked to Bag Trash Before Placing in Cart to Protect Sanitation Workers, Limit Spread of COVID-19


City Hall to Close to Public For Two Weeks Per Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order

Following Governor Eric Holcomb’s Stay-at-Home order (Executive Order 20-08) issued Monday, March 23, the City of Bloomington will close City Hall and other facilities to the public after the close of business today in an effort to limit the opportunity for viral transmission in the community and the City workforce.

Free Fares and Rear-Door Boarding Begins Tuesday, March 24

Bloomington Transit (BT) will begin providing free fares on all fixed-route and BT Access service buses Tuesday, March 24.

Update on Bloomington Transit Service Plans for Week of March 22

Bloomington Transit (BT) fixed route service will continue to operate on a spring break schedule during the week of March 22 to March 29, 2020.

City of Bloomington Utilities Improves Safety Measures for Customers & Employees

Following the Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommendations to maintain physical distance between people to avoid transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Bloomington Utilities (CBU) Customer Service Center will temporarily suspend walk-in hours starting Monday, March 23.

City Withdraws Appeal in Case to Acquire Property for Fourth Street Garage

The City of Bloomington moved to withdraw its Notice of Appeal in the eminent domain action to acquire the property at 222 South Walnut Street.

City Maintains Services While Protecting Community Health, Well-Being

Along with federal, state, and local agencies, the City of Bloomington is implementing protocols to maintain continuity of City government services to support the community’s well-being and protect residents’ and employees’ health during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

City Implements Precautions, Preparations to Limit Local Impact of COVID-19

The City of Bloomington is following public health advice to take precautionary and preparatory measures to limit the local impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus).  

City Partners with SIREN for Solarize 2020 to Make Going Solar Easier

Homeowners, businesses, and nonprofits in Bloomington and Monroe and surrounding counties can learn more about installing solar panels at affordable rates during the fourth year of the Solarize initiative.

Bloomington Fire Department Returns to Sierra Leone On State Department-Sponsored Trip

A group of firefighters from Bloomington Fire Department (BFD) makes its second trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone March 20-30.  Supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, administered by IREX, the trip will allow firefighters to continue their collaboration to improve fire safety in the West African country.

Media Advisory: Transportation Demand Management Plan Report to Council

A draft Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Implementation Plan for the City of Bloomington will be presented to the Bloomington Common Council for review. 

Bloomington Residents Sought to Represent Farmers' Market Customers on the Farmers' Market Advisory Council

Open positions are for people who will represent the needs and desires of Market customers.

Pilot Road Conversion Project at Lower Cascades Park Pending Approval

The City is preparing to launch a pilot project to convert Old State Road 37 North through Lower Cascades Park to a bicycle- and pedestrian-only trail.

Board of Public Works to Consider City Sanitation Rate Increase Request

The Sanitation Division will be requesting a rate increase for sanitation services at the March 3 meeting of the Board of Public Works.  An effort partially to offset the rising costs of recycling, the request will result in an average increase of $.70/month per customer.

Meeting at the Mill: A Conversation About a Sustainability Investment Fund

Mayor John Hamilton and the Bloomington Common Council invite community members to participate in a discussion of a Sustainability Investment Fund and the local income tax that would support it. 

Five Local Women to be Honored During Women’s History Month Events

Mayor John Hamilton announced today that five local women will be honored for their outstanding service to the community during the local observance of Women’s History Month in March. 

Let's Get Visual! to Generate New Perspectives on Public Data

A City-centered data visualization challenge to explore and reveal information contained within the City of Bloomington’s 200-plus data sets.  The four-hour event will leverage experts in the field of data analysis and visualization to help unlock the content of some of the data tables housed at B-Clear, the City’s open data portal. 

City of Bloomington Recognized As One of 105 Cities Leading Climate and Sustainability Action Worldwide

Bloomington has been recognized as a global leader on environmental action and transparency, achieving a place on CDP’s Cities A List.

City Pilots Pay-By-Plate Parking Stations in Two Downtown Lots

Starting in early March, two highly trafficked parking facilities downtown will be upgraded from single-space metered parking to multi-space meters (pay stations). 

City Proceeds with Design for Fourth Street Garage on Existing Footprint

The City will present an updated design for the Fourth Street Garage to the Plan Commission Monday, March 9.  The proposed design, revised by CSO Architects to occupy property currently owned by the City, will add capacity for at least 500 vehicles, 150 more than could be accommodated by the previous, now-demolished garage.

Mayor Hamilton to Present Fifth State of the City Address Thursday at Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Mayor John Hamilton presents his fifth annual State of the City address to the community.  All are invited to attend the free event, which will also include live musical entertainment, a short story reading, and a slide show of community portraits.

Bridge Initiative Reconvenes Community Members, Awards Training Toward Implementation of Next Steps

Facilitators from the Divided Community Project’s (DCP) Bridge Initiative@Moritz will return to Bloomington Friday, February 21 to meet with community members previously interviewed for the project’s report released in December 2019.

Press Release: City Housing and Neighborhood Development Department Invites Neighborhoods to Apply for Grant Funding

The City of Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department distributes funding for neighborhood projects with community-wide benefit.

Bloomington Fire Department To Push In New Fire Engine at University Station

Fire Chief Jason Moore and Mayor John Hamilton invite the press and the public to attend a push-in ceremony for the Bloomington Fire Department’s (BFD) new fire engine, a 2019 E-One Typhoon Pumper that will primarily serve Station 3, also known as the “University Station.” The event will include refreshments and tours of the new vehicle.  

Bloomington Residents Encouraged to Participate in Climate Threats and Action Planning Survey

Starting today, Bloomington residents are invited to share their experiences, concerns, and ideas related to climate change in an online community survey (at the City’s Sustainability page, please click on the grey info card labeled “Bloomington Climate Survey”). 

Bloomington Parks and Recreation Partners with Monroe County Health on Syringe Disposal Pilot Program in Three City Parks

At their meeting, this morning, the Monroe County Commissioners approved an agreement approved by the City of Bloomington Board of Park Commissioners January 28 creating a partnership between the City's Parks and Recreation Department and the Monroe County Health Department to install sharps containers in the following parks by the end of February: Seminary Park, 100 West 2nd Street; Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park, 812 West 9th Street; and Building Trades Park, 619 West Howe Street.

Online Directory Listing Over 1,700 Social Service Resources Launches Friday February 7

An online social services database Helping Bloomington Monroe ( listing over 1,700 free and reduced-cost programs serving area residents will be officially launched Friday, February 7. 

Media Advisory: Fourth Annual Public Safety Report Tuesday February 4

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton invites the press and the public to attend the fourth annual joint Public Safety Report to the Community.

Media Advisory: Mayor Hamilton Joins Community, State, and National Leaders to Announce Grant Funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

An announcement of grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help individuals experiencing homelessness in Bloomington and Monroe County. 

2020 Black History Month Celebration Kicks Off with Reflections on “Black and Blooming” Theme

The City of Bloomington invites the community to a free kick-off event for the 2020 Black History Month celebration on January 30 at City Hall (401 N. Morton Street).

City and Graduate Bloomington Welcome Artist Nina Chanel Abney to Present Mural, Lead Youth Art Project

The City of Bloomington and Graduate Bloomington invite the press and public to a community gathering in celebration of the newly installed mural on the hotel’s western facade.

City of Bloomington Names David Hummons Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award Recipient

For his lifelong commitment to justice, passion for serving others and deep community involvement, David Hummons has been given the City’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award for 2020.

City of Bloomington Utilities Announces 2020 Residential Stormwater Grants Program

The City of Bloomington Utilities Department (CBU) invites homeowners to apply for funding through the second annual Residential Stormwater Grants Program.

Bloomington Farmers' Market Seeks Proposals from Prepared Food Vendors to Sell at Saturday Market in 2020

The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department is seeking proposals from local businesses, organizations and individuals to manage all aspects of food and beverage artisan stands, or food truck/push cart vending stands, at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings during the 2020 Market season.

Bloomington Parks Accepting Applications for Vendor Spaces at Summer Art Fairs

The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department invites local and regional artists to apply to participate in the 2020 A Fair of the Arts, an art and fine craft fair held the second Saturdays of the summer season, May through October.

City’s Updated myBloomington Digital Service Expands Data and Access to Services for Residents

The City of Bloomington has updated its digital service known as “myBloomington,” available at, which offers City residents the opportunity to obtain information based on their street address.

Deadline for Nominations for 2020 Woman of the Year Award Extended to January 24

The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominees for the 2020 Woman of the Year, Toby Strout Lifetime Contribution, Emerging Leader and Young Woman of the Year awards.

City To Mark New Chapter for Showers Kiln Building in New Trades District

The City of Bloomington Redevelopment Commission invites the press and public to an event marking the sale of the historic Kiln property in the City’s new Trades District and sharing plans for its development. 

Students to Reflect on “Black and Blooming” Theme for Black History Month Essay Contest

The City of Bloomington Black History Month Committee is seeking submissions from area students for the 2020 Black History Month Essay Contest.

Mayor Hamilton Shares Recommendation for Farmers’ Market with Board of Park Commissioners

The Board of Park Commissioners today received a statement from Mayor John Hamilton recommending that the City of Bloomington continue to operate the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market in 2020, with adjustments.

City Accepting Nominations for Be More Awards Honoring Volunteers

ity of Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton encourages community members and groups to nominate outstanding volunteers for the Be More Awards,  the community volunteer awards presented by the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network.