The April Neighborhood meeting was a collaboration between the Point Neighborhood Association, the North Shore Community Development Coalition, and multiple local organizations, institutions, and citizens to commit to improving the neighborhood by taking concrete steps to implement the Point Neighborhood Visioning Plan, completed last year.
Some precise accomplishments and next steps discussed include:
- The Point will be on the National Register for Historic Places
- Enhance the existing four parks in the neighborhood
- The grant towards a splash pad – an interactive water play fountain – was announced. It will be located in Mary Jane Lee Park.
- Employ park ambassadors to enrich the park aesthetics and experience for residents
- Community gardens to stimulate, foster, and enhance stewardship
- Enhance the diversity and quantity of affordable housing
- An analysis of Shetland Park Businesses
- More bilingual workshops at the NSCDC
- Work to devise strategies for improving business opportunities along the two main corridors: Congress and Lafayette Streets
- Celebrate the history of the neighborhood
Of the attendees, it seems like about half were Point residents, while the others were interested parties representing institutions and organizations. Bringing these great ideas, initiatives, and discussions to more residents remains a significant step to take. There are a lot opportunities for creative engagement in the community from the business and entrepreneurial to the artistic – get in touch if you want to be part of any of these endeavors!