Tuesday, June 8, 2004

Sidewalk Restoration

A neighborhood family helps take up brick on Washington Street as part of the Neighborhood's In Kind contribution for the restoration of the historic brick sidewalks.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Fowl Resolution

Resolution in support of allowing citizens of the City of Bloomington to keep chickens and ducks as pets in residential areas - March 23, 2004

The keeping of fowl as pets in the Bryan Park neighborhood has become an issue because Judy Sylvester, a neighbor, has been keeping pet chickens and ducks off and on for several years in violation of the City current zoning ordinance.

It is the understanding of the neighborhood that the current ordinance considers fowl such as chickens and ducks to be livestock and makes no provision for the keeping of such animals as pets.

The Bryan Park Neighborhood Association has discussed this issue at a regular meeting of the neighborhood and found that the current practice is quite acceptable to the neighbors. In fact, many neighbors consider the keeping of a few chickens and ducks to be a positive benefit to the neighborhood. Many parents enjoy pointing out the chickens and ducks to their children as they walk in the neighborhood.

Therefore, the Bryan Park Neighborhood Association supports Judy Sylvester’s appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance to keep chickens and ducks on her property. It also urges the City Council to amend the current zoning ordinance which by defining fowl as livestock prohibits their possession in the city. The Neighborhood endorses amending this ordinance to permit small numbers of chickens and ducks to be kept as pets on properties within the city of Bloomington.

Adopted by unanimous vote of members present.

March 23, 2004
Secretary: Jacqui Bauer

Thursday, January 1, 2004


The Bryan Park neighborhood is located west of Bryan Park in Bloomington, IN. The Bryan Park neighborhood provides a unique combination of resources that make it a special and wonderful place to live. Within easy walking distance of Bryan Park, Templeton Elementary School, Bloomington South High School, Harmony School, downtown Bloomington and Indiana University, this neighborhood of affordable housing has been a secret too well kept!

Bryan Park Neighborhood

Although not the oldest neighborhood in Bloomington, the Bryan Park area does contain several historic homes. One notable example is the c.1930 Arts and Crafts/English Cottage Revival style home on South Washington Street.

The neighborhood also contains the home used by the family of the main character in the movie Breaking Away - the classic tale of Indiana University's Little 500 bicycle race.

Washington Street between 1st Street and Allen Street still has its original brick sidewalks laid in chevron pattern. The Bryan Park Neighborhood Association, with grant money provided by the City of Bloomington's Dept. of Housing and Neighborhood Development, is engaged in a long-term project of rebuilding these historic sidewalks.