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

Cookie and Candy Walk – Friday, Dec 5, 2014, 10 am – 7 pm

Come out to the 9th Annual Cookie & Candy Walk, Friday, December 5, 10 am to 7 pm at Fellowship Hall, Third Presbyterian Church 1030 N 7th Street, Springfield, IL

There will be:

  • Cookie & Candy Shopping
  • Open for Lunch & Dinner
  • Vegetable & Broccoli Cheese Soup available to eat in or carry out
  • Raffle tickets for a fully decorated 6-foot Christmas tree for sale

Proceeds will help fund the Northside Childrens’ Community Library and mission projects of Third Presbyterian Church.

9th Annual Cookie & Candy Walk Friday, December 5, 10 am to 7 pm at the Fellowship Hall at Third Presbyterian Church 1030 N 7th Street Springfield

Enos Park Home Tour 2014

Join Enos Park for our annual Historic Home tour!
Saturday, Oct. 4, 10am to 2pm
Tour starts at Springfield Art Association, 700 N. 4th Street.

Discover and enjoy:

  • Fully restored historic homes!
  • Homes being renovated by urban pioneers!
  • Homes needing someone link you to restore their beauty!

Pre-sale tickets only $5
Day of tour tickets $10

Advance tickets available at:

  • All Qik n Ez locations
  • Noonan’s True Value stores
  • Susie Qs Restaurant
  • Bicycle Doctor
  • Springfield Art Association

Contact info@epnia.com

Download the sponsor flyer…

Download the Home Tour poster (11×17) …



September 14, 2014 Dedication of Little Free Library

Join us on Sunday, Sept. 14 from 1-4 p.m. (program at 1:30) for a dedication of the Carl Volkmann Little Free Library, located in front of Jackie Jackson’s house at 816 North Fifth Street.

Jennifer Gill, Superintendent for District #186, will speak on “Books Open Doors.” There will also be a number of local authors displaying their work. Refreshments will be served.

In case of rain, the event will be held in McClernand School gymnasium.

Support our police patrols

The EPNIA Board of Directors is working diligently to not only rebuild homes in our neighborhood but also rebuild confidence among our residents. We are not only working to repair our streets, but also the systems of communication. We are not only restoring life to a historic neighborhood, but also to trust and friendship with one another. We are working hard to keep our neighborhood a safe and attractive place for all of us to live!

These efforts require partnerships of all different kinds. We are incredibly thankful for the strong working relationship we have with the City of Springfield, including the Springfield Police Department, as well as MANY neighborhood and community partners.

Last year, the EPNIA Board decided to hire off-duty police officers for special patrols in Enos Park once a month. This allows us to focus on particular areas where we may be getting complaints from neighbors or we know that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. While officers are typically dispatched from call to call and may be limited on how much time they can spend in one area, hiring two officers for a separate four hour shift allows us to concentrate on specific needs in the neighborhood without the officers having to move on to another call for service

These patrols have provided numerous contacts with residents, undercover investigations, follow up on information provided by neighbors and led to a number of arrests and tickets for city ordinance violations. Due to the success of the patrols and the increased activity that takes place during the summer months, we are now hiring officers for weekly patrols. Our cost for providing this service is $25/hour per officer, which means EPNIA is now spending $200 weekly instead of monthly.

Noonan’s True Value has generously offered to sponsor one patrol every month to help offset our costs. As a neighbor or friend, we are asking you to please consider how you can also contribute to keeping our neighborhood a safe place to live. Would you be willing to make a $25 contribution to fund one hour of additional police presence in our neighborhood? Or if you are able to do more, please consider pledging $25/mo. towards this program.

Thank you in advance for your ongoing support and your help in making Enos Park the “Jewel of Springfield” once again. If you have questions, suggestions, or ideas, please contact me at president@epnia.com

Mail your contribution to:

1015 N. 7th St.
Springfield, IL 62702=20

Enos Park National Night Out Aug 5

Enos Park is hosting National Night Out again this year on behalf of northside neighborhood associations on Tuesday, August 5 from 5-8 pm.

It will be at Enos Park Pavilion, between 7th & 8th Streets.

National Night Out is an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood associations.


  • 5-6pm – Dinner
  • 6-7pm – Performances from “Gotta Dance” teams
  • 7pm – Demonstration from Police Department K-9 unit

Click here to download the National Night Out 2014 flyer…

Participating Organizations

Springfield Police Department
Springfield Fire Department
Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association
Lincoln Park Neighborhood Improvement Association
Downtown Springfield Inc.
Springfield Art Association
Habitat for Humanity – Sangamon County
Ronald McDonald House
Get Covered Illinois
Grace City Fellowship
Third Presbyterian Church
Community Mission Network
St. Johns Hospital

Springfield Sliders vs. U.S. Military All Stars, Saturday, July 12 at 6:30 pm

Join us for a night of baseball honoring military veterans from all branches of service as the Sliders take on the All-Stars in an exhibition game full of pageantry, laughs and good old fashioned competition. Enos Park is receiving a group rate of $8 per ticket, which includes a hot dog, chips and drink. Contact Michelle Higginbotham (553-4629 or president@epnia.com) to reserve your spot.

Cookout in Enos Park, Tuesday, July 15 at 6 p.m.

Instead of our regular membership meeting, we will be holding a cookout in Enos Park. NOTE THE CHANGE IN DAY AND TIME. EPNIA will provide the meat and drinks, you bring a side dish or dessert to share. Bring the kids and invite your neighbors to join us as well!

EPNIA 25th Birthday Party for Mini O’Beirne and EPNIA

Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery & Enos Park are celebrating their 25th Birthdays!

Join us for a spectacular Birthday Celebration Sunday, June 29, 2014, from 1 pm to 5 pm at Enos Park.

Family activities to include bounce houses, face painting, games, clowns, and other fun activities!

*FREE Cake, popcorn, slushies, bottled water, and cotton candy

*Family photos available from Dean Williams Photography

Co-Sponsored by Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery (MOCN) & Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association (EPNIA)