Indianapolis, Indiana, April 6, 2005—Members of the Indiana
Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) will celebrate
National Landscape Architecture Month by promoting more active lifestyles, Earth
Day, and the chapter’s annual awards program.
The theme for National Landscape Architecture Month is Design for Active
Living, highlighting ways community design affects residents’ daily activity
levels and, in turn, their overall health. Studies show that access to
resources such as parks, recreational facilities, bicycle paths, walking trails,
and sidewalks can increase physical activity among residents, lowering obesity
and improving health.
- April 16: Columbus, Indiana, People Trail
Place: Columbus Regional Hospital, 2400
East 17th St., Columbus, Indiana
Time: 2:00 pm
Indiana ASLA chapter is pleased to join with the City of Columbus as a sponsor
for the dedication of the new People Trail segment. In promoting Design for
Active Living, the event will feature walks, runs, biking, and other
activities. For more information, contact Ed Curtin, FASLA, at email@example.com.
- April 23:Earth Day Indiana Celebration
Place: Downtown Indianapolis American Legion Mall,
Time: 11:00 am-4:00 pm, rain or
The Indiana ASLA chapter is sponsoring a booth featuring a craft
activity for children at this event and will also distribute “walkability” and
“bikeability” surveys for attendees to use in assessing their communities. The
free, outdoor festival offers live music, children's crafts, exhibits, food,
entertainment, alternative energy vehicles, and much more. For more information
- April 30: Indiana ASLA Family 5K Run/Walk
Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis, Indiana
Time: Walk begins at
Join Indiana landscape architects in celebrating Design for
Active Living at the Indiana ASLA chapter’s 2nd Annual Family Fun
Run/Walk. A National Landscape Architecture Month T-shirt is included in the
participation fee. The registration form is located online at http://www.inasla.org/images/run_walk_registration.jpg,
through the Indiana ASLA chapter web site www.inasla.org, or contact Corrie Meyer,
Associate ASLA, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Family,
guests, and even pets are welcome!
- Throughout April: Student Outreach
- 2004 Indiana ASLA Professional Design Award Exhibit
display at Purdue University Horticultural Building and Ball State University
College of Architecture and Planning Building.
- April 6, 2:00-6:00 pm, Student Office Hop & Past President
Office hop: Various Indianapolis area firms; Past
President Roundtable: Browning Day Mullins & Dierdorf, 626 N. Illinois St.,
Students from Ball State University and Purdue University will gain exposure
to the profession in Indiana as they visit selected Indianapolis area landscape
architecture firms from 2:00-5:00 pm. The day will end with a dinner and
roundtable discussion from 5:00-6:00 pm with past presidents of the Indiana ASLA
Chapter focusing on the current trends in the profession.
For more information contact Katie Clark at email@example.com.
“The change from a pedestrian to a commuter lifestyle has fueled an epidemic
of obesity in the U.S., particularly among children,” said Scott Siefker, ASLA,
president of the Indiana chapter of the ASLA. "Years ago, we all used to walk
to school, to the store, to the park, or to a friend’s house, but now we often
are unable to walk or bike anywhere safely, because our communities are designed
mainly for car travel. As landscape architects, working with public officials,
developers, and residents, we can design active living components back into our
communities. We want to encourage everyone to look at their communities during
April and become advocates for an environment that is more
For more information on supporting or participating in the Indiana Chapter
activities, please contact chapter coordinators Corrie Meyer,
Associate ASLA, firstname.lastname@example.org or Scott
Siefker, ASLA, email@example.com.
Information on the Indiana ASLA Chapter events is available on the chapter web
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape
architects representing 15,000 members. Landscape architecture is a
comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management,
preservation, and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture
profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication,
and fellowship. Learn more about landscape architecture online at www.asla.organd www.inasla.org.