Welcome to the PRENA web page, which we’ve designed to provide essential information to the Park Ridge East neighborhood in Bloomington, Indiana.
We’re going to keep things pretty much in place here; this is information that’s not updated regularly, yet is good to know. The more active and regularly updated social media pages on Facebook and Nextdoor is where you’ll find announcements, “for sale” information, and calls for help in finding a lost pet. Here, though, we’ll be pretty static, although the information on this page is really good to know.
Park Ridge East …
… is a large, quiet neighborhood in Bloomington’s east side located just off of East 3rd Street, with an entrance on East 3rd and Park Ridge Road and and entrance at the four-way stop at Smith Road and Morningside Drive.
A well established neighborhood, its first homes were built in the early 60s. The PRE houses sit on nice size lots surrounded by beautiful, mature trees. Additionally, the neighborhood includes condominiums and apartments on Park Ridge Road, as well as some duplexes on Smith Road. Many sidewalks are well used by residents (one may walk the circumference of the addition on sidewalks).
Park Ridge East is convenient to schools, shopping, and many recreational facilities. The schools listed for Park Ridge East through the Monroe County School Corporation are University Elementary, Tri-North Middle School and Bloomington High School North. Indiana University offers many opportunities for classes as well as bounteous events—many of which are free! There’s plenty of local shopping in the area, including businesses that run along 3rd Street between Smith Road and Park Ridge Road. The College Mall is just minutes away, as well as several grocery stores. Bloomington Transit provides bus service to the city and campus on a regular schedule, and the neighborhood has access to bike routes, paths, and lanes.
Park Ridge East boasts a 4.5 acre city park that is equipped with tennis and basketball courts. There is a large playground with slides and swings, a softball field and a shelter house which we use for neighborhood picnics.
Park Ridge East was developed with Covenants, Restriction and Limitations that run with the land. They are intended to protect the character of Park Ridge East and to maintain property values.
A Clean Neighborhood
The city collects trash and recycled materials every Wednesday. Every other Wednesday, from April through December, they collect yard waste. They collect leaves. They can be contacted to pick up an old dishwasher or other large items. There are some restrictions on what may be recycled (for instance: no pizza boxes, no plastic grocery bags, no styrofoam), how yard waste should be prepared, and other things, and the City of Bloomington has some easy-to-understand pages that lay out procedures and any restrictions: Here is their information page, which has helpful links, on Recycling, Trash Pickup, Large Item Pick-up, Leaf Collection, and Yard Waste.
The Park Ridge East Neighborhood Association (PRENA) was created to address issues, welcome new residents, and coordinate neighborhood activities. The organization is governed by a set of bylaws.
The neighborhood association helps organize social activities in Park Ridge East, coordinating picnics and food trucks at the Park Ridge East Park, neighborhood-wide yard sales, a Neighborhood Cleanup, an ice cream social, and the creation of a butterfly garden in Park Ridge East Park. PRENA also works as a contact point with other individuals and entities, providing residents with governmental updates from state, county, and city representatives, representing the interests of our residents to city departments and commissions, and alerting residents of city regulations.
Much of PRENA’s activity is announced and coordinated through the association’s presence on two social media sites: Facebook and Nextdoor. The PRENA Facebook group is a private group, and one has to request to join. It’s an easy thing to do, and an administrator usually responds to these requests pretty quickly.
Nextdoor is an ad-based service that is easy to join —just be sure you specify Park Ridge East as your home neighborhood. Nextdoor connects PRE members with one another or with a large number of nearby neighborhoods—something that’s good for spreading news that affects more than just one section of town.
The PRENA Executive Committee is elected each fall and serves for a year. (We hold elections at an annual meeting; this year it is virtually conducted because of the coronavirus on September 27.)
Here are the current members:
- President: Hannah Vaughan
- Vice-president: Tom Shafer
- Secretary: Katie Yoder
- Treasurer: David LeBeau
- Members at Large: Eric Sader, Kimberly Young, Alwiya Omar, Sarah Johnson
If you want to contact members of the Executive Committee, send an email to
Any property owner or resident of the Park Ridge East Neighborhood may become a member of the Association by the payment of dues and may continue as a member so long as such dues are kept current. The annual dues is $20.00 per family unit or business; each paid family unit or business shall have one vote at group meetings. Where rental houses or multiple families are involved, there shall be one vote allowed per house. Condominiums and duplexes shall be considered as separate houses. Membership shall be from September 1 through August 31 of the following year.
Although any member of the Executive Committee may collect dues, it is more efficient to contact our treasurer, David LeBeau, and give him your payment. There are three ways to pay dues.
- Mail your check—made out to PRENA—to Treasurer, 921 N. Plymouth Ct., Bloomington, IN 47408-3070
- Drop off your payment at the above address. Please do not place your dues in David’s mailbox.
- David is also accepting dues via PayPal; you may send your payment to firstname.lastname@example.org