July 14 Ice Cream Social!

On Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm our neighborhood will be gathering at Gehrmann Park for an old fashioned ice cream social instead of our regular meeting that night.

Ice cream, toppings and root beer (for floats!) and paper products will be provided.

Please bring drinks and snacks to share.

If you have a fun outdoor game (like bags, washers, etc) bring that along as well!

We will provide a brief update on various projects and activities that have been happening and coming up in the neighborhood.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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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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.

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