Making Progress in Baby steps…

The September 18th meeting was a success. Perfect weather, great fun getting to know the neighbors, sharing a meal and a bit of time to vent!

Apparently not everyone received the invitation we passed out during the week… maybe the wind? Maybe someone removing them from door handles? We made every effort to reach all. We’re figuring out how to best communicate these meeting dates and this blog is one more way we’re trying to reach every neighbor! Next, I’m planning to make up a sign and hang it on the fence in front of the playground. We also had new neighbors volunteering to join the effort of passing out those flyers. It’s time consuming, but it’s great when people show up. So, let’s be patient with the process of organizing our community and help spread the word.

The majority of the people that are coming to our community meetings so far, seem to be those who have lived here the longest. That’s great for it is so interesting to hear history by those who lived it. However, fewer newcomers like me (here since 2005) have joined us. Our goal is to have a good representation of “seniority” on the street, culture, language and age group. The more diversity, the richer the conversation.

During our discussion we made some decisions:

a. the playground’s fence height will be between 6 and 7 feet, to provide safety for the kids but not have it feel like a cage. The City is paying for this improvement.

b. next meeting date: Saturday, October 23 at noon. Save the date!! Location to be determined.

c. movie night at the playground: also Saturday, October 23. Time: 7:00 PM. Title: Toy Story

d. block party: Columbus Day, October 11 – first block of Williams Ave (between Fayette and Chatham). We’re closing this section only, but all residents of the avenue and neighboring streets are welcome. It will be pot luck style. Bring your favorite dish to share. Bring your own beverage (no alcohol, please). This is the first in what, 40 years? We’re so excited! We chose the simplest way to do it just to get started. As we get more organized, we can reinvent the way we do this.

We also came up with a list of to-dos which I’m sending to the Community Development Office of the City of Lynn. They have been listening to us, and we are grateful for that. We want to do our best to continue with good communication as we work together with the City.

Lastly, we discussed a bit about fund raising ideas to finance the playground equipment. We also talked about involving the kids in the dreaming phase of the playground renovation project, so that they can draw their own renditions of what an awesome playground would look like.

Thank you all for coming over and let’s keep the comments coming. Also, if you happen to be at the playground and see some trash on the ground, would you pick it up? I did, and it helps keep it clean.

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