- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Organizers are seeking suggestions for new activities and events that will draw more people to Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.

City officials will use $400,000 in grants and city money to pay for events around the circle next year. They hope it generates good ideas for a planned redesign of the space around the 285-foot limestone Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

“This will inform us as to the best uses of that space,” city spokeswoman Gail Payne told The Indianapolis Star (https://indy.st/1peHjn0 ).

The city will encourage suggestions from businesses and groups located around Monument Circle, such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, she said.

City leaders have discussed in the next few years to overhaul the circle, with work possibly including new utility systems, lighting, curbs, streets and gutters.

Officials want the space to be adaptable as an outdoor events venue.

Money for the 2015 Monument Circle events is coming from a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, along with $100,000 each from the city and the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com

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