And you thought that was thunder last night....
I have been doing a bit of brain storming concerning our neighborhood. So
take it or leave it, below are two lists I have created in no particular
order. I would encourage others to create and share similar lists or discuss
their concerns and ideas with me.
- Youth with little constructive to do over the Summer
- Sidewalk (and bike lane) on Waverly, if it went to the river one could
safely bike to the River Trail!
- Off Road Vehicles tearing up Fine Park
- Spring to Fall home firework displays
- People afraid to live in our neighborhood
- Low turn out at LENO meetings
- Many single parents and families struggling to make ends meet
- Low sense of community
- Work nights; clean-ups, odd jobs, help the elderly, <shrug> barn raisings
- Outdoor movie night; using video projector and side of the school
- Neighborhood yard sale
- Fulton park Frisbee golf course
- Group field trips
- Tool sharing library/shed/program for gardening, crafts, wood working,
- Neighborhood library; I've got a good start on this. =)
- Sporting events; basketball, softball, tennis...
- Neighborhood walks
- Prizes for outstanding neighbors
- A compliance committee
- A newsletter
- Use the web site more fully
- Developing a welcome packet for new neighbors, which could include; LENO
information, emergency and support information, maps, an asset list (local
parks, schools, bus routes, libraries, etc), coupons that would help with
the move and such.
- Regularly planned _Short_ monthly meetings (Second Monday, etc.)
- Small localized meetings at a local eating establishment or neighbor's
- More cooperation with what was once our neighborhood school (we let that
one slide). They are offering a meeting place and a recycling drop-off (for
cardboard, plastic grocery bags, batteries, gym shoes, Campbell's brand
labels, box tops for education and various craft supplies. Soon I imagine
their garden will require compost making materials) What more can we do
together to make this a truly great neighborhood?
- If not the web site, then we need some type of a physical commons. We have
three parks and a school, is there a better way to utilize these or could we
maybe purchase a house to use for gatherings?
- Have an over all focus on long-term livability or sustainability;
"Development which allows people to meet the needs of the present without
compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
- Rent a porta-potty during the Summer for Fulton Park (maybe even Fine and
Woodcreek as well)
- A lot of people from our area drive their children to Woodcreek. Why? Is
it to long of a walk, to difficult, to dangerous? Is there anything we can
do to help? Maybe arrange rides, arrange walking groups, buy the school a
bike stand (an elementary school with out a bike stand?), set up trails
through the neighborhood?
Your neighbor on Glenburne,