Have you been wondering what those painted arrows on the street are about? The mystery has been solved…
The Board was very excited to learn that thousands of runners will be passing through Southwood Park this Saturday. Those runners will be participating in the Fort-4-Fitness Half Marathon. We are happy that thousands of people will get to enjoy the beauty and charm of our neighborhood, even if they’re just running past. For many of these people, we can assume that it’s the first time they’ve visited our corner of Fort Wayne. Hopefully, some of them will visit again when they can enjoy the sights more!
It will be a different kind of Saturday morning with a race winding through the neighborhood. Spend some time out front watching the race. Encourage the runners! Who knows, you may find yourself feeling inspired to join next year’s event.
Now with an event this size going on, there are a couple things you need to know:
- If you live on the half marathon route, you can expect “NO PARKING” signs to be placed in front of your house. Click HERE for a list of road closures and parking restrictions.
- Parking on those streets will be restricted on the day of the race, in the morning. Please make sure no cars are on the street.
- Because race streets will be closed, if you’re heading out Saturday morning, you will need to consult the map to plan your exit from the neighborhood. Click HERE for a map of the race route.
We wish all runners a great race day – good luck! We hope Fort-4-Fitness comes back in 2010!
Here’s something fun to do that you may have missed: Astronomy at Fox Island.
The Fort Wayne Astronomical Society has open viewing on clear Saturday nights. I noticed a poster at the library advertising these sessions, and on a quiet Saturday night a couple weeks ago, I took my kids to Fox Island. It was the first time that we had looked at the night sky through a quality telescope in an observatory. Jupiter and its moons, Andromeda, the “Wild Duck”, twin star clusters… it was all alot of fun for them and me both.
Take advantage of this free thing to do! It’s just fifteen minutes from Southwood Park…
TREASURER’S REPORT – SECOND QUARTER 2009
BALANCE ON HAND: April 1, 2009 $19,619.67
Dues: ’06 (1), ’07 (3), ’08 (6), ’09 (17) $ 980.00
Newsletter Ad 35.00
TOTAL RECEIPTS $ 1,015.00
Roundabout -Electricity $ 32.05
-Water 32.11 $ 64.16
Security Patrol (Apr-June) 3,825.00
Postage -Postmaster (Postage Due Acct.) 25.00
-Newsletter (Bulk Mail) 385.00 410.00
Newsletter -Printing 400.18
Returned Check 50.00
Beautification -Tree Treatment 171.20
-Mulch 267.50 1,010.61
Dirt Day -Dirt 843.50
ARCH -Tour Sponsorship Money $ 500.00
TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS $ (7103.45)
BALANCE ON HAND: June 30, 2009 $ 13,531.22
Steven J. Nagy, Treasurer
Fall Beautification Dates:and
This has been a fantastic year for most of our SWP public “pocket” gardens, but it takes more than sun and rain to keep them so attractive. Please join us Pettit and Tacoma and Pettit and S. Wayne. If there’s time and willingness, we’ll also do some tidying at the other gardens AND watch a few strong and clever neighbors level our three stone benches. Just bring a trowel and a kneeling pad if you have one.at the roundabout to tidy up and plant spring bulbs there. We’ll also be planting spring bulbs at our restoration project gardens at
After fall comes the holiday season and we’ll kick it offby stringing colorful lights on the roundabout (and by doing a final tidying up there). This year, because the treetops have become a bit too tall for us wimps, we’ll be keeping the spotlights on the trees and stringing lights on the shrub hedge instead.
All are welcome to help. It’s great to get children involved at these events. We’ll supply the rakes and yard bags for the tidying up chores. Rain day will be the following Sunday for both beautification dates.
I. Call to Order
II. Welcome and Open Forum for Residents’ Concerns
- Kelly McCauley – new ideas
- Letter from Jay Reed, 902 Prange
- Call from Jane Inman re:4405 Indiana
- 4239 Indiana ongoing problems
- Brown Gables – zoning issues?
III. Roll Call – Establishment of a Board Quorum
IV. Presentation of the Agenda – Steve McCord
V. Nomination of new Board Member: Cheryl McCarthy
VI. Secretary’s Report – Ryan Keirns
VII. Treasurer’s Report/Submission of Bills
VIII. Committee Reports
- Ad-Hoc Home and Garden Tour – wrap-up
1. Fall needs: Pat
2. CEDIT: Steve M.
- Public Relations- Steve M.
- Nominations – expiring terms: Keirns x2, Steve x2, Pat
IX. Unfinished Business
- Arlington stop signs petition – Dick, Tom
- Security update
- SWAP Reports for May, June and August; agenda items for September?
- Taylor Meeting – June 29th
- Legal opinion on Amending Constitution to allow voluntary members from other adjoining subdivisions (Old Mill, Section H) – Andrew
X. New Business
- No solicitation policy
- Incorporation; tax-exempt status
- Broadway/Bluffton gateway initiative – Lori
- Mayor’s Sidewalk Initiative
- Southwood Park Sidewalk Initiative?
- Insurance for pillars
- Name change to add “Historic”; amend bylaws & constitution
- Create a special account/trust for Home Tour proceeds – Steve
- Trust project possibilities
1. Defray historic district sign costs
- New security patrol signs
- Decorative street signs
- Pillar tuckpointing and cleaning
- Benches and gardens on South Wayne; Crestwood; Pettit
- Greenway connectivity from Stratford – paving?
XI. For the Good of the Order
Next regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 4th at the Friendly Fox Meeting Room.
Ten to twenty Southwood Park residents were amoing those attending the “Project Rudisill” forum concerning the future of the TUFW campus in June. Association President Steve McCord and VP Pat Thomson were among them. Our table of attendees stressed viability of a future use and compatibility with the surrounding neighborhoods. While it’s true that the campus has been an anchor for us, it is important to realize that we are a stable neighbor for the campus. There’s a lot to be said about having a campus in a safe, friendly and inviting neighborhood!
You can read a report of the meeting prepared by the organizers and posted on the City’s website here:
We are patiently hoping for some positive word of progress on the fate of the campus.
Southwood Park residents, please be sure to add your thoughts to the City’s survey:
FORT WAYNE COMPREHENSIVE SIDEWALK CONNECTIVITY PLAN
is a 10 year plan that will provide guidance on how and where to fill in sidewalk gaps along Fort Wayne’s major roadways, through the use of new sidewalks and shared-use paths. The plan will prioritize pedestrian capital improvements within the City of . Finally, the plan will assist with the drafting and passage of a “complete streets” ordinance through Common Council.