Bellemeade Bayard Park

Bellemeade Bayard Park
Neighborhood Association

When Bellemeade-Bayard Park neighborhood was initially developed, City maps show the eastern boundary to be what is now known as South Kentucky Avenue, hence the Bellemeade Park area was among the first suburbs of Evansville.

EVPL East Library

Bayard Park is a 10-acre tract that was donated to the City in 1901 by the widow of Evansville banker, Samuel Bayard. The pair of cast iron dogs on the Kentucky Avenue side of the park stand guard and were originally part of the entrance to the Bayard home on S.E. First Street.

The park is punctuated by two notable structures; The Carnegie Library (East Branch Library) on East Chandler Avenue is one of two in Evansville (the other is on West Franklin Street in the Lamasco Neighborhood). Construction began in 1911; the building was dedicated in 1913. Remnants of the old Chandler Avenue School which became Stanley Hall Enrichment Center (and later home to the Boom Squad, Inc.) hark back to the turn of the 19/20th Century when the park was just a woodsy rural area.

Statue of a dog in Bayard Park

By 1915, some of Evansville’s most stately homes in a variety of architectural styles were being constructed there. Early residents of this neighborhood were among Evansville’s white-collar professionals and business owners who strived to ensure their neighborhood was kept up. Some of the notable neighbors were Claude Wertz (Wertz Lumber Company), Herbert Woods (H.A. Woods Pharmacy), August Brentano (Keller Crescent), and Winfield K. Denton (attorney and eight-term U.S. Congressman).

It wasn’t until 1975 that a formal neighborhood association was organized making it one of the earliest such organizations established in the city. The association continues in this tradition of maintaining neighborhood standards.  Their boundaries are: Highway 41 to the east, Garvin Street to the west, Lincoln Avenue to the north, and Washington Avenue to the south.

Meetings are held at the East Branch Library on the second Monday (February – November) at 6 p.m.

Officers

President:  Stephanie Gibson
Vice-President: Talmadge Vick
Secretary: Linda Hudson
Treasurer: Stephanie Gibson
Representatives: Stephanie Gibson & Talmadge Vick

Meeting Information

Date: 2nd Monday (February – November)
Time:  6:00pm
Place:  Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library – East Branch
840 E. Chandler Ave (at Bedford), Lower Level

Please contact Stephanie Gibson at 812-459-9644 or
ollanza18@gmail.com to verify date/location of meeting.

Affiliations

This neighborhood is also a member of the Focus Neighborhood Council through the City of Evansville-Department of Metropolitan Development.

EPD Sector

This neighborhood is in the South Sector on Beat 1
Crime Prevention Officer (CPO):  Nick Sandullo 812-435-6035
Meeting Date/Time: See EPD Police Sector page for current schedule.
Location: Crime Prevention Office,  CK Newsome Center, 100 E Walnut St., Suite 100, Evansville, IN 47713

Boundaries & Map

Perimeter: 2.47 miles
Area: 236.8 acres

Download the KML file here. Map and KML file updated 08/09/2021