Final Update 4:07 pm 07-27-11: As of earlier today, the litter has been removed from the lot and a code enforcement officer has been assigned to monitor the area for any signs of future dumping. The wheels at city hall aren’t as squeaky as you might think when our Councilman and his reps are as responsive to these types of issues as ours is here in District 3. I was told 30 -45 days between mowing cycles. That’s twice the amount of time allotted for the MOWmentum program, but something tells me they don’t enforce that if the city can’t keep up it’s mowing obligations. Our response will be to adopt more of the land so as to remove the burden from the city. If we all do our small part, we can help in big ways! Thanks Steve Schenck and the rest of the city staffers!
Update #2 4:45pm: I received a call from Councilman Scott Griggs’ office representative a few minutes ago to find out more about our situation. Very happy to know he is responding to the citizenry’s needs. Hope to have the litter picked up soon and looking forward to getting more consistent mowing from the city.
Update #1 11:15 am: The site has been mowed as of 11:00 am this morning; 07/26/2011. Not sure by whom, but most likely a private citizen as we’ve asked before when mowing crews have been at this lot. The litter is still there and a 311 request has been made to pick it up. We’ll see how long it takes for the city to respond. I’ve been told it’s usually pretty quick when it comes to litter.
Also, I want to clarify what is meant by the “city needs to be a consistent partner”. We need consistent mowing in this corridor. According to the MOWmentum program guidelines, we’re to make sure mowing is done at least every 14 days. Sometimes, these other lots don’t get mowed until 311 is call, which can be 28 to 35 days between mows. In that time, grass easily exceeds 12″ in length and the litter keeps coming back! If the city requires us to do this, we require the same from the city.
In only a matter of two months can a city owned vacant lot go from a novel pop up dog park back to being a dumping ground for the lowliest people’s trash. Dumping has always plagued this area of N Polk St from Canty to Kings Highway. That’s why we started the N Polk St Beautification project to clean it up to give it purpose.
We made an agreement with the city to adopt the land, starting with one at 620 Turner Ave, and bring purpose back to it. We’ve accomplished that goal and are making plans for the next piece, but the city needs to be a consistent partner in this revival. The picture below shows what that pop up dog park looks like this evening.
We need newspaper to lay down under our weed blocker to help stop the grass from growing. Come out to help at 9 am to 620 Turner Ave to drop off and stay to help us finish the project!
N. Polk St. Beautification Project Ground Breaking Apr 30th at 10am
Phase I: 620 Turner Ave
A ground breaking ceremony for the N. Polk Street Beautification Project will occur on Saturday, April 30th at 10am. Neighbors, donors, business owners, and city representatives are invited to join us for this ceremony. Donuts and coffee will be provided at the ceremony. Meet at 620 Turner Ave, a triangle median, at the intersection of N. Polk St and Turner Ave, just north of Kings Highway.
N. Polk St. Beautification Project – First Working Day Apr 30th at 10:30am
Following the groundbreaking ceremony, volunteers will begin their first garden workday, prepping the beds by removing the top layer of grass, tilling the soil, and adding soil and soil amendments. Please bring gloves and shovels/rakes if you have them. Drinking water will be provided. If you are interested in helping on this or future N. Polk Beautification workdays, please sign up here. Meet at 620 Turner Ave, a triangle median, at the intersection of N. Polk St and Turner Ave, just north of Kings Highway.
What an overall successful morning our neighbors had at the first Block
Beautification Project: Cleaning up Turner/Polk Alley Intersection!
If you haven’t seen it already, 6 volunteers came out Saturday, April 17th from
8-10:30am to clean up a much overgrown, littered and neglected piece of adjacent
property within our block. Tree’s and bushes were trimmed, decaying leaves were
mulched and put back into the natural beddings, trash was picked up and thrown
away and several pounds of clippings were produced to make the section of
sidewalk and alley a very inviting and natural gateway into the Tyler/Davis
The TWB group will continue these beautification projects through the cities
MOWmentum program. We are going to adopt several adjacent pieces of public
property and create natural landscaping from empty medians, triangles and empty
plots. More to come on these exciting changes to Turner Winston Block!
The biggest thanks go to Anna, Rosalva, Lupita, Horberto, Victor, and Jonathan
for helping to complete this project. Also, special thanks goes to Rosalva for
donating several bugonia plantings that we put under one of the oak trees in the
southern triangle towards Kings Hwy!
We will need more participation and donations if we are to create future
beautification projects, so please contact Jonathan for details.