On 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!
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.
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.
By Chris Dettro, Staff Writer, The State Journal-Register Originally Posted Jan. 21, 2015
A 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.
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.
Sincerely, Stephanie Barton, Project Coordinator
In His Hands Orphans Outreach
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 email@example.com