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Got a camera? Let’s have a contest!

August 15, 2010
Southwood Park has lots and lots of photo opportunities…
I’m thinking of our gardens: yours, your neighbors’, our Southwood Park pocket gardens.  
Send your favorite digital garden pictures to by September 30th and we’ll post them in our next enewsletter for a neighborhood vote.  The winner gets bragging rights.
(By submitting photos for the contest, contributors are allowing Historic Southwood Park fair use of those photos on our website or promotional material. Ownership of the images remains with the photographer.)
Pat Thomson
To get your digital juices flowing, here’s a few examples:

Listing of City projects

August 10, 2010

If you are curious where all of the City’s neighborhood infrastructure projects are located, take a look at the PDF that follows. The projects are arranged by City Council district. Southwood Park is in District 5, and we have a handful of listings. projects.NA.2010

(If your version of Adobe opens the document sideways, go to “View” and select “Rotate”.)

Foster Park Pavilion #1 unveiling

August 10, 2010

The Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department would like to invite you to attend a news conference at Foster Park Pavilion #1 on Monday, August 23 at 2 pm. We’re unveiling all the renovations to the pavilion and thanking John Oldenkamp for his support of the improvement project. Mayor Tom Henry, Friends of the Parks and Parks & Recreation Director Al Moll will also attend.

We hope to see you there!

Natalie Eggeman, City Public Information Officer

National Night Out Against Crime

August 10, 2010

There will be a National Night Out Against Crime bloack party tomorrow, Wednesday August 11. It will be held from 5-8PM at Packard Park. The event will have a free cookout and live music. There will be other events and activities as well.

The Night Out is sponsored by the Southwest Area Partnership (SWAP) and the Packard Area Planning Alliance (PAPA).

Campus security questions or concerns

August 10, 2010

If you have a question or concern about the Taylor University property, here’s the contact information:

Summit City Security (Cleveland Inge, owner) 450-6622

Josh is the name of the patrolman who has most shifts.

July 2010 Award Home winners

August 6, 2010

1038 Maxine Drive—The Krouse Family

It wasn’t long ago that this house sat vacant and lonely. The Krouses turned this one-time rental into a happy, owner-occupied home. New landscaping, backyard fencing and other details have contributed to this home’s transformation. Located on a corner lot its large front yard is definitely in scale with the house. Thanks go to the Krouses for giving so much love to this once again beautiful home.


4521 South Wayne Avenue—Doug and Amy Snyder

It’s just adorable! All the happy flowers that adorn the yard make it a cool spot to lounge. It seems a very welcoming area to enjoy a glass of lemonade and sit and enjoy the neighborhood. Doug and Amy Snyder have lived in the home for about 7 years and have worked hard to give it such an inviting attitude. Thanks and congratulations go to our winning Award Homes!

Send your nominations of deserving homes, owners and efforts to Cheryl McCarthy, phone 458-9265. Or e-mail the Association at

April 2010 Award Home winners

August 6, 2010

Congratulations to our Award Home winners! Thank you for making Southwood Park such a wonderful neighborhood to live in! But April? The April award winners were mistakenly left out of the May newsletter… Our apologies! After too long a wait, here they are:

4333 Drury LaneKathy Bock and Suzanne Galazka

Kathy wrote: “When we moved there in 1999, there were 3 large crabapple trees dominating the front yard. We removed two of them (so you could actually see the house again!), and Suzanne created beautiful perennial beds. We also had the wooden front porch historically restored and renovated. Most recently, we removed a small stand of arborvitae trees that were damaged in the great ice storm of 2008 and replaced them with smaller bushes and a “friendship path” that now connects our yard to our neighbor’s yard next door.


4414 Tacoma AvenueRoger Geiger

One good thing about looking at these photos in summer is that we are reminded of the cool, non-humid weather of the spring… Lush spring lawns with woodland flowers and bulbs in bloom are so nice! There’s a lot of visual interest at Roger Geiger’s house in any season. He has been here about four years and has done a lot of work inside and out. You can tell it’s a labor of love.