SWHRL’s August 13, 2017 Party in the Park a Great Success!

In spite of someone ordering up the only day of rain this summer, we had a great turnout at our annual Party in the Park. The sun even joined us and nearly dried out the grass. The Kid’s Market with handmade crafts was terrific with a substantial increase in participants from last year. The live music, Dan Schlesinger and his combo playing jazz favorites, was just right. Our favorite fire fighters from Station 15 showed up to wow the kids with their truck. Face painters worked their magic. Kids played games in the field. Volunteers for Neighborhood Watch/Emergency Preparedness, NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team), and SWTrails dispensed useful information to neighbors. This year we experimented by offering free BBQ food, hot dogs and lemonade (paid for by SWHRL), and it seemed to work, though we’ll need to fund-raise to replenish the treasury. A big thanks to picnic organizer Kara Stone, the SWHRL Board, young people who brought their crafts to the Kids Market, and all others who helped make this a success! 


A SWHRL To Do List 2015-16 was on the agenda at the May 20, 2015 annual SWHRL meeting. Here are some items for this list. Let us know if you have others!

  • Revise SWHRL Bylaws
  • Define strategy for elm trees and street trees
  • Continue SWHRL Restoration Project to remove invasives/plant natives at Vista & Spring
  • Add community activities such as neighborhood film nights, music in the home events, nature and history walks, garden visits
  • Continue to collect neighborhood history, including Strohecker’s market story
  • Work with neighbors and management for continuance of Strohecker’s market
  • Archive SWHRL records with City Archives
  • Continue to improve outreach, communications

At our SWHRL May annual meeting on May 20, 2015:

  • SWHRL President Nancy Seton highlighted SWHRL neighborhood activities in “Year in Review – 2014-15,” and the proposed SWHRL “To-Do List,” our action items for 2015-16. See attachments on the SWHRL Home Page, for your review and comments.
  • We discussed the status of the Strohecker’s market, recently purchased by Bales Thriftway. The new owners want to make the market successful: they have already taken steps to improve the produce and meat sections, and will review pricing. SWHRL has set up a task force to find ways to support and enhance the market. Tell us what would persuade you to shop there more often, and we’ll pass it on. Help the market thrive!
  • Bob Stacey, Metro Councilor, talked to the membership about issues Metro deals with, including regional land use and transportation planning (e.g. the SW Corridor Plan/high speed transit), green spaces/parks, recycling, and the zoo.