Timesography: Greenwood St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

Greenwood celebrates downtown facade project completion to kick off St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

A section of Madison Avenue was closed for the party.
Business owners cut a ribbon to symbolize the facade enhancement completion of Old Town Greenwood.

A section of Madison Avenue was shut down in Greenwood on March 17 for the first annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party hosted by Planetary Brewing.

The city took the opportunity to also celebrate the facade project completion, which has fueled the future growth of downtown Greenwood, with a ribbon cutting. The city, along with Restore Old Town Greenwood, received an Indiana Main Street facade grant to revitalize the historic portion of downtown Greenwood in 2015.

“Eighteen of the 33 downtown businesses bought in to help us,” said Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers. “They wanted to see these buildings revitalized. We have buildings that are over 130 years old that have been all redone and brought to what they look like today. I’m here to

Tim Bird and Ellen Heim of Greenwood.

tell you that this is just the first step in the transformation you will see in downtown Greenwood. We have a lot of great things on the shelf we are bringing out, where we will see downtown get revitalized even more to make it a bigger, better, a more livable walkable community for you and your families to enjoy for years to come.”

After the ribbon cutting, party-goers filled Planetary Brewing and The Blind Pig for the party; each business had standing room only with guests also celebrating outside on the shut-down section of Madison Avenue.

“Downtown Greenwood is on fire,” said council member Ezra Hill to the crowd. “There’s a spark that’s been ignited and it’s growing. I’m very happy and proud that all of you are here to be a part of that.”

From left, Todd Gouvan, Jenny Ray, Kathy Mangus, William Patch, Jonathan Spurlock.