Westside Improvement Association

Westside Improvement Association

Our mission statement: “Exerting influence upon public and private sectors to accomplish those objectives which will enhance the natural environment of the west side of Vanderburgh County and serve the common good of the residents.”

Westside Improvement Association sign at Helfrich Park

In 1976, Evansville and Vanderburgh County were faced with questions of strengthening infrastructure, residential and commercial development, and intelligent growth – much like today!  That summer a group of individuals, the Westwood Garden Club, Audubon Society, and Operation City Beautiful came together to form the Westside Improvement Association (WIA).   WIA was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1978.

Garden at Helfrich Park

Four decades plus have passed and WIA still works to improve the quality of life for those who live, work, or go to school on Evansville’s west side.  Current projects are the Helfrich Gateway Garden, Howell Wetlands, Clem Frank Nature Preserve, Shirley James Memorial, and the Burdette-USI Trail as well as many other small projects on the Westside.  Most of these projects are funded by grants and our Fall Festival booth.

Fountain at Helfrich Park

If you care about transportation, drainage issues, smart growth, urban sprawl, spot rezoning, or preserving the natural beauty of the land, Westside Improvement Association would love to have you as a member.


President: Janice Ricketts
Vice President: Ryan Payne
Secretary: Jessie Ricketts
Treasurer: Bill Schenk
Membership Secretary: Melanie Stagg
Representatives: Larry Samples & Karen Reising

Meeting Information

General Meetings:
Dates: 3rd Wednesday of the month
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Howell Park Shelter House, 1101 S Barker Ave (except for banquet, that location TBA)
Changes to the meeting locations and any change of dates are announced in our newsletter and Facebook.

Contact Janice Ricketts at jansew@aol.com for meeting information.

Connect with WIA

Learn more at  www.westsideimprovement.com
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EPD Sector

Portion of this neighborhood are in the West Sector.
Crime Prevention Officer (CPO): Jay Pagett  812-485-3065
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

Vanderburgh County Sheriff

Portions of this neighborhood extend into the county where it is served by the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office.
Administration, Detention and Corrections 812-421-6203
The Administration Office is located in the Vanderburgh County Detention Center at 3500 N. Harlan Ave., Evansville, IN 47711.
Operations – Command Post 812-421-6201
The Command Post is located at 5607 Highway 41 North, Evansville, IN 47711

Boundaries & Map

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