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

January 13, 2015 Membership Meeting – Community Health Need Assessment Results

Mitch Johnson, Sr. Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Memorial Health System, and Kim Luz, Director of Community Outreach, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, presented the results of the Sangamon County Community Health Need Assessment, and in particular the initiative to improve Access to Care in the Enos Park neighborhood.

Download the presentation as a PDF…

  • For more data on Sangamon County, zip code 62702 or census tract 17167000900, go to Memorial’s website at www.choosememorial.org/healthycommunities
  • Data is available for four counties – be sure to select Sangamon in the drop-down box when you search, or sort by zip code or census tract.
  • Information on programs tried in other parts of the country is under the “Promising Practices” section.
  • Memorial does not compile this data, but contracts Healthy Communities Institute to provide it. It is available free for community use.


Contact Paula Gramley, Memorial’s community benefit program manager, at gramley.paula@mhsil.com or 788-7014.

Enos Park residents seek someone to move historic house

By Jason Nevel, Staff Writer, Posted Dec. 3, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

Leaders in Springfield’s Enos Park neighborhood are hoping to save an old home on land recently acquired by Memorial Medical Center by finding someone to agree to move it to a specified location.

The Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association is trying to preserve the four-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot house with two bathrooms that was built in the late 1800s at 627 N. Fourth St.

Michelle Higginbotham, the Enos Park group’s president, said the home is the only building on the block that has historical significance and isn’t blighted. The house has hardwood floors, pocket doors and other features that come with classic, older homes. “It definitely has a lot of character that has never been covered up,” she said.

The new location would be at the southeast corner of Third and Rafter streets, an empty lot owned by the association. As an incentive, Higginbotham said, the association would turn over the home for free if someone paid the moving costs. She estimated it would cost less than $100,000 for the home to be moved, a new foundation constructed, utilities disconnected and reconnected, and any other associated expenses.

Contact Michelle Higginbotham at president@epnia.com or 553-4629

Read more at http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141203/News/141209814#ixzz3KxpQLitb

December 9, 2014 Membership Meeting

Cookies & Conversation!

This is an important time to make decisions for the coming year as well as a chance to socialize with your neighbors and celebrate the many successes we’ve had this year.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m., December 9, 2014, at Third Presbyterian Church. Childcare will be provided.

Our December membership meeting will be our annual “Cookies and Conversation,” everyone is asked to bring a plate of Christmas cookies or other treats to share. We will be making plans for 2015 and asking people to sign up for the team they would be most interested in serving on.

In addition, we will be holding our annual elections for 2015 officers and directors. For the first time, we have more people interested in serving on the board than we have board positions, which to me is a great sign that people are excited and enthusiastic about the work that we’re doing. All dues paying members are eligible to vote, and they will receive a letter in the mail ahead of time informing them of the election with a brief biography for each candidate. Here is the list of people who have expressed an interest in serving next year.

EPNIA 2015 Officers & Directors

Officers (Choose 4)
Michelle Higginbotham, President
Dawn Mobley, Vice President
Linda Maier, Treasurer
Amber Rigor, Secretary

Directors (Choose 8)
Chris Becker, Director
Jane Buis-Henry, Director
Steve Hughes, Director
Fletcher Farrar, Director
Jack Kriel, Director
Cynthia Mehl, Director
Colin Phillips, Director
Calvin Pitts, Director
Danyel Pitts, Director
Marcus Stewart, Director

Past President (Appointed)
Owen Anderson, Director

Executive Director (Appointed)
Marilyn Piland, Executive Director

Associate Members (2) (Non-voting, Appointed)
Bill Barton, Rochester Christian Church
Betsy Dollar, Executive Director Art Association.

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 Success in Cleaning up Problem Properties

Congratulations to Enos Park for their recent success using direct legal action against problem property owners living within 1200 feet of Enos Park LLC properties!

The lawsuits were filed in mid-August, under a section of the Illinois Municipal Code that gives property owners the right to seek legal remedies if a property within 1,200 feet – almost a quarter of a mile – of their own property is in violation of state law or local ordinances.

Read the full story at http://illinoistimes.com/article-14639-blight-patrol.html…

Find out more about the state ordinance that allows direct civil action against a problem property (in violation of state or local ordinances) within 1,200 feet of a property you own at http://springfieldicon.org/news/problem-properties-direct-civil-action/

November 11, 2014 Membership Meeting

At tonight’s meeting we’ll be talking about plans for the salvage shop and introducing you to the new site director for the Compass program, who also happens to be a new resident of Enos Park.

We’ll also be presenting the slate of proposed board members for 2015 and taking nominations.

The meeting will be held tonight at 7 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church. Childcare will be provided.