February Updates: 2/20-2/25

Hello Neighborhood Leaders!

Below please find a few reminder dates of events occuring this week, as well as ongoing projects to participate in:

-Thursday 2/23 (6pm) and Friday 2/24 (8am and noon), the Neighborhood Resource Team is hosting the monthly Leaders in Neighborhood and Community Service (LiNCS) meetings at the Neighborhood Empowerment Center. We look forward to seeing our regular attendees as well as new and eager faces. Stop by and participate in our neighbor-led dialogues on all topics related to neighborhoods and proactive neighboring practices.

-Baker Neighborhood Group’s Youth Advisory Board is meeting at 10am on Saturday 2/25 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. All interested youth in the Baker Neighborhood area are welcome to attend and brainstorm on ideas about how to better their neighborhood.

-Don’t forget to schedule your Walking Wednesday for this year! Contact Erika Campbell today: erika.campbell@lansingmi.gov

-Make sure to follow us on Twitter: @lansinglyb and Instagram: lansingloveyourblock for live updates on the citizen led, city-supported initiatives that are strengthening Lansing neighborhoods each day.

As always, feel free to contact our team directly, and happy neighboring!

The Love Your Block 2017 Grant Application is Live!

Lansing Love Your Block Year 2’s Grant Application is Live!

Applications are due Friday, February 10, 2017, to the Neighborhood Resource Coordinator.

Grant Workshops are on January 12th (6-8pm at Neighborhood Empowerment Center, 600 W Maple) and 18th (5:30-7:30pm at Allen Neighborhood Center, 1611 E Kalamazoo St)

The Neighborhood Resource Team is of service to you in the completion of this application. Please do not hesitate to reach out for assistance.

Follow the below link and click on “Lansing Love Your Block Application” on the far top right side.

City of Lansing Neighborhoods Page

Walking Wednesday: Baker Neighborhood

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We went to Baker Neighborhood this week for our biggest Walking Wednesday yet. Twenty-nine people from the neighborhood, the City, and across Lansing came together to walk the neighborhood, and to hear about the exciting new projects that are in the works. Baker Neighborhood is on the Southside, and is bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue to the east, Cedar Street to the west, Mt. Hope Avenue to the South, and the Red Cedar River to the north.

We started off at Cesaer/Donora park with a discussion regarding the Mayor’s Block by Block (B3) Initiative. B3 is a collaboration between community leaders and residents and City officials to revitalize neighborhoods. Since Baker is the first target neighborhood, this Walking Wednesday was particularly exciting, as we got to see the neighborhood’s many assets that can be built upon.

 

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29 People showed up to tour the Baker Neighborhood
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Caesar/Donora Park
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Caesar/Donora Park

Cesaer/Donora Park was the first great asset we saw in the neighborhood. It has a pavilion, a playground, and stunning foliage. We also walked by the Red Cedar River, and saw the amazing autumn foliage that residents get to live by. Making our way up Beulah Street, we headed towards the train tracks, where we were able to see some of the industrial buildings that the neighborhood was built around. This area, much like the rest of the Baker neighborhood has recently seen a resurgence of development and energy.

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Walking down Fayette Street
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Planning Director Bob Johnson and Baker Neighborhood Watch Captain Betty Draher
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Walking by the rail that runs through the neighborhood.
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The Red Cedar River, as viewed from Beulah Street

It was great to see so many people in the neighborhood take an interest in the Baker Neighborhood. There is definitely an energy building in the community, and it will be exciting to see what’s next for the neighborhood.

Also, come out to the Baker Neighborhood tomorrow, and help volunteer for the CDGB clean up. The clean up is an opportunity for residents to dispose of bulk items at no cost to themselves. The clean up crew will meet at Cesaer Donora Park at 7:30AM.

NAM Conference Coming to Lansing

Neighborhood Associations of Michigan is coming to Lansing for their Annual Conference Friday, September 9th, and Saturday, September 10th. The City of Lansing is excited to host this year,  as we will be able to hear about neighborhoods across the state. We also have the opportunity to take neighborhood leaders on a bus tour of our city, to show some of the things we have going on here. Here are the projects we will be focusing on:

Averill Woods School & Community Garden: Established in 2010, this garden allows a space for neighbors to come together and grow food. The garden partners with Averill Elementary School, and provides an educational experience for students working with their teachers in the garden.

Southwest Lansing Initiative: The SLI is a priority neighborhood planning effort supported by the State of Michigan Economic Development Agency with direct support from the Governor’s office. Focused at the area around Pleasant Grove and Holmes, the initiative is focused on creating a residential and commercial market study to identify new opportunities to help grow the area.

REO Town: REO Town is an historic neighborhood on the Southside, that is undergoing a great number of changes. The tour will focus on the growth and development of the neighborhood, as well as the pocket parks throughout the neighborhood that builds on the strong sense of community Reo Town has.

1112 Prospect Playground: A number of partners, including Sparrow Hospital, the Association for the Bingham Community, the Ingham County Land Bank, and the City of Lansing helped to develop what was previously a empty lot, into a playground for a neighborhood that previously did not have a place for children to play.

Westside/Dunneback Park Trail Project: This project is designed to connect the Westside and Old Oakland Neighborhoods with the rest of the city, by creating a trail that crosses through Westside and Dunneback Parks, and connects to the neighborhood on the other side of Oakland Rd. and Saginaw St. It has been a collaboration of a number of partners.

We are excited to show off some of our exciting projects to leaders across Michigan. This conference and tour will be an opportunity not only to tell everyone about what we’re doing here in Lansing, but to learn about what neighborhood leaders are doing in other cities.

Walking Wednesday: Moores Park Neighborhood

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Moores Park Neighborhood is located at the northern tip of Lansing’s Southside. This week we got to meet with Natalie Molnar, who took us around the neighborhood to see how things were in the community.

One of the projects we got to hear about is a Love Your Block Mini-Grant project that will be completed soon. The Moores Park Neighborhood Association is coordinating the creating of a sign, which will welcome people to the neighborhood. The neighborhood is currently very close-knit, and hosts many events year round. The sign will help strengthen the sense of identity that the neighborhood has.

We toured the neighborhood, starting at the St. Casmir-Moores Park Community Garden. The garden is on a large plot on Barnes Avenue, and supports the whole neighborhood with its vegetables, as well as flowers and other plants.

We were also to check out Moores Park, which the neighborhood is based around. The park is nestled against the Grand River’s south shore, overlooking the GM Assembly Plant. There are several amenities to the park that draw crowds from across the city, including playground equipment, a pavilion, as well as open fields and trees. The park is connected to the rest of the city by the Lansing River Trail.

It was exciting to visit the Moores Park Neighborhood this week. We’re all excited to see the completed project, which will be a great asset to an already great neighborhood.

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St. Casmir-Moores Park Community Garden on West Barnes Avenue
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Some of the many plants growing in the garden.
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Seeing the neighborhood.
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Plants in the median, one of the beautification efforts in the neighborhood.
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Moores Park
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Playground Equipment in Moores Park.