Residents of a local Indianapolis neighborhood will have some new eye candy to look at as Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, or KIB, begins renovations of a new park space for the community to enjoy and use. Normally, a renovation includes some basic landscaping and maybe a playground, but this particular renovation will be using a 1964 Pontiac Bonneville as the park’s main centerpiece. Like a mini Cadillac Ranch, of sorts.
The E.N.G.I.N.E. Pocket Park (Engaging Next Generations in Neighborhoods Everywhere) is a project to revitalize local communities and pay homage to the Chicano roots engrained in the area. The ’64 Bonneville was chosen to reflect those roots, and will be erected and painted with designs and words which tell the story of the neighborhood.
The vehicle canvas will be painted white, with the designs to come from local artists, while the undercarriage of the Bonneville houses the story of the neighborhood. For safety measures, all moving parts will be welded shut so they are no longer functional and cannot be broken, or fall off.
The program is hopeful projects like this one will create a new sense of pride for neighborhood and grow sustainability in underutilized vacant lots.
As of now, the vehicle has been erected, but there’s plenty of work to be done for the park. If you’re interested in making a donation to KIB, or to see more information and pictures, follow the link here.