With Indianapolis gearing up to bid on another Super Bowl, many are wondering what kind of community projects could be in store.
Organizers said any future legacy plans won't be put together until the more important financial part of the project is put to bed, but they added that residents can expect something new and big for 2018.
"Indianapolis and the way we do major events, going all the way back to the Pan Am Games, have been very community-based, said Dianna Boyce of the Super Bowl Host Committee. And I think that, whether it's a Big Ten football championship or it's a Super Bowl, you'll continue to see that sort of organizational development behind those events."
Organizers will start soliciting ideas in a couple of years.
And whatever community project is picked won't be revealed until after the bid presentation in early 2014 to avoid giving other cities a competitive advantage.
Not everything Indianapolis planned for the last Super Bowl was a rousing success.
Many of the 3,000 trees that were planted in honor of the game are struggling in the current drought.
"We certainly see some tree mortality out there, said Andrew Hart of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. It's, quite frankly, it's really hard to see when we've put so much sweat and tears into all the planting and we, you know, enjoy planting so much with the neighborhood."
The revamped Georgia Street was a hit during the Super Bowl, but it has since seemed to hit a lull.
The city is now repairing bricks and the boardwalk, putting in some additional touches and finishing the landscaping and irrigation system.
There are plans for making Georgia Street a destination for people wanting to have a good time outside.
"One is using it as event space, booking it and renting it to event organizers, both public and private, said Melissa Thompson of Indianapolis Downtown Inc. And then also doing programming on our own of just having entertainment and events down here on a routine basis."
Organizers said the East Side Legacy Project was a big success, with the Chase Near East Side community center, the business redevelopment along East 10th Street and the new and redeveloped housing projects all finished ahead of schedule.
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