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The Friendly Fox is Reviewed by the News-Sentinel

November 22, 2016

We love the Friendly Fox and the fact that it is right next door to Historic Southwood Park!  If you haven’t been, or haven’t been in a while, it worth a trip.


You will be hungry after reading this restaurant review in the News-Sentinel.–The-Friendly-Fox

Notes About Leaves

November 16, 2016

The City’s “official” last leaf pickup for the south side has already passed.  Many leaves still remain in trees due to this year’s record warmth and late frost.  The October SWAP meeting mentioned that the City plans to add two weeks of pickups – unofficially – to finish the job this year.  This depends on the Street Department NOT need snowplows.

So, we think you can still rake to the curb one last time.  Call 311 and encourage the City to make one last pass on the south side. Or you can biodegradable bag them and call 311 before mid-December to be safe.



Halloween Trick-or-Treat Hours Announced

October 15, 2016

Historic Southwood Park is one of the BEST neighborhoods for Halloween trick-or-treating.  Be ready for all the little ghosts and witches!

Here is the official City press release announcing Halloween hours: 

The official hours for trick-or-treat 2016 have been established for the City of Fort Wayne. Trick-or-treat will be observed from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

Trick-or-treaters should only visit those homes with an illuminated exterior front light (or porch light) indicating that trick-or-treaters are welcomed.

Trick-or-treaters should remember the following safety rules:
Do not wear costumes that obscure your vision
Wear reflective clothing or light colored clothing to make you more visible to motorists
Travel in groups composed of at least one adult
Have a pre-planned route
Only cross streets at the crosswalks
Visit familiar homes and do not enter a stranger’s home
Be prepared for adverse weather
Refrain from consuming any treats until inspected by an adult

Flamingo Fridays for October

October 6, 2016
It’s been a couple of fun weeks with the Association Block Party and Picnic and the Fort-4-Fitness parties, but it’s high time we get back to a regular Flamingo Friday groove. Here’s what’s coming up:
10/7: 4822 Beaver Avenue
10/14: 4005 Indiana Avenue
10/21: 4714 Arlington Avenue
10/28: 824 Maple Grove Avenue
As always, BYOB, chair and snack to share. We hope to see you all there!

Fort-4-Fitness Wrap-up

October 5, 2016

The rain could not put a damper on Southwood Park’s spirit!

The attendance was truly inspiring as neighbors gathered to cheer on the runners of Fort for Fitness on Saturday. The 10K, half, and full marathon races came through our great neighborhood and Southwood Park was a standout among all the neighborhoods!

Runners were interviewed at the finish line and were asked what their favorite part of the course was. Numerous athletes commented on Southwood Park’s support, attendance, and signs. Other neighborhoods have been highlighted in the past, but this year we gave them a run for their money!

I cannot thank everyone enough for your support and coming out to cheer on a dreary morning. Your actions inspired and motivated countless people. You were someone’s angel who got them over their hill.
Great job Southwood Park!

— Board Member Nadine Rager

In Tribute: Pat Thomson

October 2, 2016

Former Southwood Park vice president and long-time volunteer Pat Thomson passed away suddenly last week.


I met Pat, appropriately, through a proposed pocket garden plan for the Sunset and Crestwood triangle.  It was easy to see that Pat was full of ideas and energy and I asked her to run for a spot on our board.  The decade she worked for the good of the neighborhood was transformative.

Pat began with the first pocket garden near her home and soon there were twelve.  Eager to share her love of gardening, she offered classes as a master gardener to the neighborhood. She especially loved it when she could share how to plant a bulb or trim a plant with a young person.  She tirelessly carried petitions so that Tacoma Avenue could be rebuilt with sidewalks and curbs that were safe.  She spearheaded the neighborhood’s efforts to fight the Emerald Ash Borer, both by working with the city arborist and by taking a hands-on approach to treating every ash street tree in the neighborhood, hauling ten gallons of water and treatment at a time.

Pat built connections.  Connections with city officials to get things done and connections between neighbors.  She planted many seeds of friendship in our neighborhood and we are luckier for it.

Pat was a very giving person.  She donated to worthy causes and she gave her time and energy freely.  Pat volunteered for the Waynedale Branch Library, and was responsible for repairing thousands of CDs, DVDs, and games for all the branches so that library users could enjoy those materials.  She regularly volunteered to help the Positive Resource Center Dinner Dance.  She volunteered with ARCH, tending the Rankin House garden with period-correct plants, and served as a key volunteer in several Home and Garden tours, including two in Southwood Park.  Believing in the environment, she lived by example, often riding her bike in the neighborhood and outfitting her home with solar panels that produce more electricity than the house uses.

Pat believed in a building a better future.  I suppose gardeners must have an innate belief that tomorrow will be better.  Judging by her efforts, we know that to be true.

I know I’ll miss the chats and the occasional cups of coffee.  Thank you, Pat!

–Steve McCord

Volunteers and Fans Needed at Fort4Fitness Party – Updated

September 26, 2016


Get ready for Fort4Fitness!  We can use volunteers and fans at our party at Sherwood Terrace and South Wayne Avenue.  See the above flyer for more information.

If you live on the route, or on a likely detour route (like Indiana Avenue south of Rudisill), please park somewhere other than the street that morning!  There will be “lost” drivers in the neighborhood.  Please follow marked detours and avoid crossing the race course with your vehicle.

Rudisill will essentially be closed at South Wayne and Calhoun from 7:30 until 11:30, so plan accordingly.  You can take Indiana to Rudisill to Broadway to Bluffton Road to access travel options to the north and east from there.  Give yourself extra time!