Enos Park Neighborhood 3rd Annual Rock the Block on June 19

3rd Annual Rock the Block on June 19, 2015On Enos Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets on June 19 from 5-9:30 pm, we will be celebrating the revitalization of the Enos Park Neighborhood and the dedication of a new feature in Springfield’s only Sculpture Garden! Free Admission!

Live Music Featuring:

  • Blaine Kneller
  • Brooke Thomas with Monica Morris
  • Hannah and the Drummer Boyz
  • After Sunset

There will also be:

  • Kids Activities
  • Food Vendors
  • Drinks & Wine Tent

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

  • Quik-N-EZ
  • Susie Q’s
  • Alderman Andrew Proctor, Ward 5
  • Subway
  • Alf Insurance
  • Linda Maier, The Real Estate Firm

Photos from Rock the Block 2015

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June 8, 2015 Membership Meeting

Grady Chronister will be the guest speaker. He will be announcing a new partnership between Qik n Ez and EPNIA.

The meeting will be held June 8, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church. Childcare will be provided.

May 12, 2015 Membership Meeting

Erika Holst from the Springfield Art Association will speak on the future of Edwards Place, which recently re-opened to the public after a 10 month restoration. She will also provide an update on the SAA’s master plan for their campus.

The meeting will be held May 12, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church. Childcare will be provided.

City Announces Funding from Illinois Housing Development Authority

The Office of Public Works, in partnership with The Springfield Project and Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association, was selected for Round 1 funding under the Blight Reduction Program from the Illinois Housing Development Authority. Funds totaling $280,000 will be used through not-for-profits to acquire and demolish blighted properties.

“The program complements our already aggressive approach to handling these problem properties,” Director of Public Works, Mark Mahoney said.

The Blight Reduction Program (BRP) is used to decrease preventable foreclosure and stabilize neighborhoods by supporting Illinois units of government and their not-for-profit partners as they target blighted, vacant residential properties in specific communities for demolition, greening and eventual reuse or redevelopment. BRP will complement the state-funded Abandoned Properties Program. The City received grant funds from this program in 2014. BRP will work to reduce blight for the end purpose of land reuse, repurposing and/or redevelopment that benefits the surrounding residential community and helps reduce foreclosure.

“The Springfield Project is excited about this opportunity to partner with City of Springfield and IHDA and continue our joint efforts to remove blight and revitalize the Neighborhood of Hope,” The Springfield Project Executive Director Tim Rowles said.

“The funding will allow our organization to purchase additional properties this year and target some of the most blighted houses in the neighborhood that have often been a nuisance for many years. We will be able to offer the vacant lots to developers for infill new construction, which is ultimately good for Enos Park and good for the City of Springfield as well,” EPNIA President Michelle Higginbotham said.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Works at 217.789.2255 or email, abby.walden@cwlp.com.

Download the press release here…

Lincoln Funeral Reenactment ~ Road Closures for May 1-3, 2015

The City of Springfield Office of Public Works has announced with the Lincoln Funeral Reenactment the first weekend on May, please plan on roadway closures with each event. The road closures are as follows:

Friday, May 1, 2015

  • By 6:00 am, Washington Street between 6th and 7th Streets will be closed to traffic. Parking will not be allowed on Washington Street between 6th Street and the Chase Bank Exist.
  • By 6:00 pm, Washington Street between 5th and 6th Streets will be closed to traffic.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

  • By 6:00 am, the following streets will be closed. Parking will be restricted on these streets as well during the procession from Amtrak to the Old State Capitol:
    • Jefferson Street between 9th and 2nd Street
    • 5th Street between Madison Street and Monroe Street
    • 6th Street between Capitol Avenue and Jefferson Street
    • Monroe Street between 4th Street and 7th Street
    • Adams Street between 7th and 6th Streets
    • 4th Street between Adams and Madison Streets
    • Washington Street between 2nd and 7th Streets
  • All streets will be opened up by Noon (12:00 pm) except the following:
    • 6th Street between Monroe and Jefferson Streets
    • Washington Street between 5th and 7th Streets
    • Adams Street between 7th and 6th Streets
  • The above streets will remain closed the remainder of the weekend.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

  • By 9:00 am all streets between 2nd and 9th Streets and Madison Street and Lawrence Avenue will be closed to traffic in the downtown area. Once the procession crosses over Carpenter Street then the downtown streets will be opened to traffic.
  • All streets that cross 4th Street between Carpenter Street and North Grand Avenue will be closed and opened as the procession proceeds north.
  • North Grand Avenue between 2nd and 5th will be closed around 1:00 pm.
  • All the streets that cross 3rd Street between North Grand and the cemetery entrance will be closed and opened as the procession proceeds north.

The procession starts at noon, 12:00 pm and should be at Oak Ridge Cemetery by 3:00 pm. The procession route will be marked with NO PARKING signs. Please park on alternate routes on Sunday.

Springfield Mass Transit District is offering a special bus route on Sunday to allow for people to be bused into Oakridge Cemetery.

Oakridge Cemetery will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday May 3rd.

Click here to download a map of the procession routes…

Click here for a map of public parking ramps in the downtown area…

Click here to read the press release…

Enos Park Historic Home Tour Saturday, May 2, 1-4pm

Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association will be hosting a historic home tour on Saturday, May 2 from 1-4 p.m.

Take a self guided tour of half a dozen mid to late 1800s homes in the neighborhood.

Tickets are $10 each, stop by Springfield Art Association (700 N. 4th) the day of the tour to pick up your tour booklet.

For questions, contact president@epnia.com.

April 14, 2015 Membership Meeting

Abby Walden from Public Works will be our guest speaker at the April membership meeting and she will talk to us about the city’s plans for yard waste and branch pick up, how to dispose of bulk items, and an upcoming hazardous waste collection. We are also working with the City to get garbage and recycling containers strategically placed throughout the neighborhood, just like they have downtown.

The meeting will be held April 14, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church. Childcare will be provided.

March 10, 2015 Membership Meeting

Hear about plans for the expanded Neighborhood Gardens on 5th and a new urban garden site on 4th St.

Learn about plans for a spring clean up to prepare for the Lincoln Funeral Procession the first weekend of May and how you can help with the festivities that weekend as it comes through our neighborhood.

The meeting will be held March 10, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church. Childcare will be provided.

February 10, 2015 Membership Meeting – Ward 5 Aldermanic Forum

The three candidates for alderman in Ward 5 (Sam Cahnman, Andrew Proctor, and Dominic Watson) will be taking part in a forum to share their views and ideas for revitalizing Enos Park and the City of Springfield. Members of the audience will have a chance to submit questions for the candidates. Bob Gray, president of the Citizen’s Club, will serve as the moderator.

The meeting will be held on February 10th, at Third Presbyterian Church. The EPNIA business meeting will be held from 7-7:30 p.m. and the forum will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Enos Park home 1149 N Seventh Open House Dedication Fri Jan 23 5:30pm

By Chris Dettro, Staff Writer, The State Journal-Register
Originally Posted Jan. 21, 2015

1149 N SeventhA home recently renovated by In His Hands Orphans Outreach will be Enos Park’s featured home during Neighborhood Night In on Friday, January 23, 2015.

The three-bedroom, two-bath home at 1149 N. Seventh St. was once on the city’s demolition list. The 1880s home was donated to In His Hands last year March by the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association, and In His Hands volunteers renovated the home to sell it to buy land in Haiti to build an orphan village. The village, when completed, will house about 100 orphans in the impoverished island nation and give them the opportunity to attend school and learn a trade.

Michelle Higginbotham, president of the Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association, said the house was part of a package of six JSP Investments Inc. properties the association acquired after they went into foreclosure in 2011.

“We ended up having to demolish three of them, but three were salvageable, including this one,” she said…

Friday’s open house is from 5:30 to 8 p.m. during Neighborhood Night In, an event started last year by the Enos Park group.

The association holds Neighborhood Night In after work the fourth Friday of each month as a way for neighbors to get to know each other. New homeowners take turns hosting the event.

“It’s a way for our new neighbors to get to know each other, and since many of our new homeowners have extensively renovated their houses, it also gives everyone a chance to see what they’ve done,” Higginbotham said.

Read the full story at SJ-R.com…

Join Us for A Neighborhood Night In!

Friday, Jan. 23
5:30-8 p.m.
1149 N. 7th St.

We would like to invite you to our Open House Dedication to celebrate this wonderful home renovation resulting in neighborhood transformation that will help orphans in Haiti.

It is because of the gracious volunteers, organizations and businesses that made this renovation of an 1880’s home that was once on the demolition list a reality. Now, the home has been restored to a beautiful 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home where all proceeds from the sale of the home will be applied towards the purchase of land in Haiti where an orphan village is in the process of being built.

Get a sneak previous of this beautiful house before it goes on the market! It’s a bargain at $79,000.

Stephanie Barton, Project Coordinator
In His Hands Orphans Outreach