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Citizens Energy Group to Renovate Ellenberger Park Family Center

Fifteenth Annual Sharing the Dream Event to Result in $100,000 Worth of Upgrades

INDIANAPOLIS – Citizens Energy Group and its generous partners are renovating the Ellenberger Park Family Center as part of Citizens’ 15th annual Sharing the Dream project. Sharing the Dream is a multi-day community service project that gives Citizens employees a chance to serve Central Indiana and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Employee volunteers will collectively donate hundreds of hours of their time during the two-day event, and Citizens and roughly 30 partners this year have contributed $100,000, either monetarily or in-kind, to upgrade the facility.

Citizens Energy Group President & CEO Jeffrey Harrison, Mayor Joe Hogsett, Indy Parks Director Phyllis Boyd, and The Parks Alliance Chief Executive Officer Lori Hazlett will tour the renovation in progress on Thursday morning:

When:     Thursday, January 12 at 10:45 a.m.
Where:    Ellenberger Park Family Center
                5301 E. St. Clair St.
                Indianapolis, IN 46219

Citizens President & CEO Jeffrey Harrison said, “Citizens is excited to commemorate our 15th annual Sharing the Dream event by making improvements to the Ellenberger Park Family Center. Service to others is a fundamental element of Citizens Energy Group, and our employees are proud to give back to the community each year through their efforts at Sharing the Dream. Thanks to their hard work, and the collaboration of our generous partners, residents in the historic Irvington neighborhood will have a refreshed and reinvigorated space to enjoy.”   

Improvements to the facility include new security cameras; new LED lighting; fresh paint throughout, including the entire exterior of the building and four murals; updated interior and exterior signage; new audio-visual equipment; restroom repairs; new furniture; concession stand improvements, including a new sink, popcorn machine, pizza oven, and hotdog roller; new exterior doors and hardware; and much more.

“Since its construction in the early 1900s, Ellenberger Park has served as a centerpiece of the historic Irvington neighborhood,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “From the Irvington Farmers Market to playgrounds to athletics, Ellenberger Park is a hub of socializing, physical activity, and community in Irvington. Thanks to Citizens and their generous partners, the Ellenberger Park Family Center is being revitalized to benefit neighbors for years to come.”

On Monday, January 16, Indy Parks will reopen the newly updated Family Center for a community open house from 12:00-4:00 p.m., giving the public a chance to tour the facility and celebrate the improvements.

Our Partners
All our partners deserve recognition, and we thank them for their efforts to make Sharing the Dream successful, especially The Parks Alliance, Mitsch Design, and Peine Engineering. Other partners include A All Star Garage Doors; A.G. Maas; ASI Global Partitions; Bright Ideas; Chisholm Millwork; Clark Truck Equipment Co., Inc.; Connor Fine Painting; CVR; Denney Companies; Dytech Auto Group, Inc.; Energy Plus Credit Union; Eubanks Fencing; Fine Line Millworks; Greene’s Auto & Truck Service; IRE; Inliner Solutions; Indy Excavating & Utilities; Jean Neely; Lemon Masonry Restoration; McGath Concrete; Nishida Services, Inc.; Powers and Sons Construction Co.; Pulse Electric; Refined Restoration; SSI Services, Inc.; Solace Risk Management; Wagner Signs; and Western Specialty Contractors.

About Sharing the Dream
Sharing the Dream is an annual service project to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizens has donated more than $3.5 million during Sharing the Dream projects over the past 15 years for improvements to Watkins Park Family Center, Frederick Douglass Park Family Center, golf course clubhouse, and pool house; Brookside Park Family Center; Martin Luther King, Jr. Park pool and bathhouse; Pride Park Community Center; Municipal Gardens; Eagle Creek Hide-A-Way; Perry Park’s Ice Arena; Thatcher Park; Krannert Park; Garfield Park; and Riverside Park.

About Citizens Energy Group
Citizens Energy Group provides safe and reliable utility services to about 900,000 people in the Indianapolis area. Citizens operates its utilities for the benefit of customers and the community.

Media Contact Information
Laura O'Brien
(O) 317-927-4341
(C) 317-519-1515
media@citizensenergygroup.com