As part of its work with the Reid Park Neighborhood Association, CHARP has partnered with the Reid Park Academy and the Council for Children's Rights to support their wrap-around initiative. This program will support students at Reid Park Academy with a full range of services, many of which will be housed in the soon-to-be-reopened Amay James Center. Last Saturday, CHARP students attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Reid Park Community Garden, sponsored by the Junior League of Charlotte.
Graham Heights residents celebrated when it was announced their neighborhood had the 2nd-most representatives at the 2nd Annual Northwest Corridor Community Day and Community Leadership Institute. The Graham Heights Neighborhood Association received $100 for the accolade. They thoroughly enjoyed the event and were thrilled to take home 2nd prize.
"Let's Build a Playground" brought out familiar and new faces to celebrate the KaBOOM! playground that Reid Park residents and children will design and build on October 13, 2012. Residents and community partners enjoyed a cookout--thanks to Mecklenburg County Park and Rec for providing the grills and tables. Most importantly, children got excited learning about their new community playground, and parents and residents learned what roles they need to take to make the playground a success.
The First Graham Heights Spring Festival Block Party was a massive success. Held on Saturday May 19th, the event brought over 200 of Graham Heights’ residents out to hear two great step bands, win gift cards for EnergyStar appliances from Lowe’s, and enjoy great food and fellowship. The gift cards for the appliances were provided through the City of Charlotte’s Power 2 Live Green grant and extra funding for the event was provided by the Crossroads Charlotte A.C.T. Grant.
Check this article by Liz Bertrand from CrossroadsCharlotte. She talks about Graham Heights' most recent event: The Spring Festival Block Party.
CHARP was greatly inspired by our recent visit from Dr. Ken Reardon, a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Memphis. As a long time community activist, Ken has worked in East St. Louis, New York City and Memphis in an effort to empower and collaborate with people facing the direst structural inequalities.
He spoke with Prof. Janni Sorensen’s GEOG 2000 class about their neighborhood projects, giving them insightful feedback about their findings and pointing to the need for sustainability in any neighborhood-level initiative.
Farm Pond residents had a blast as they came together and celebrated their community this past Saturday (April 29th). Youth and adults showed up to enjoy some music, food, games/activities, and to obtain resources. The American Red Cross partnered for the event and provided valuable resources to residents about their services. Other resources, such as food, clothing, childcare, medical information and much more were available for residents as well. The youth enjoyed games and activities, including arts and crafts, coloring, puzzles, hula hoops, football, water guns, and more.
Residents of Windy Ridge in partnership with CHARP, the Charlotte Fire Department, City of Charlotte's Neighborhood & Business Services, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department hits the streets and knocked on doors to extend the olive branch and connect neighbors to each other and the services offered in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Students from Dr. Sorensen's class assisted the CHARP liaison in organizing and meeting neighbors.
Residents of Graham Heights and UNCC students from Mu Tau Beta, an honor society for counseling professionals, hit the streets in support of The Great American Clean-up. We greatly appreciate the efforts of all of our volunteers. The weather held up and we made Graham Heights a beautiful place to be.
On April 28th the Enderly Park Neighborhood unveiled its new Community Garden Space at the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center. The Community Garden is in a unique open air, 4 walled area that maximizes available space at the recreation center. The Enderly Park Neighborhood Association, the Charlotte Action Research Project (CHARP), Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) and the Bette Rae Thomas Center staff have all been instrumental in getting the garden off the ground.