College Park Community Newspaper : CPCN 020118
News 9 FEBRUARY 2018 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM The College Park Neighborhood Association has a new president, Donn Carr, so expect new energy and a few surprises at meetings. In fact, if you bring a friend Monday, February 5, you just might have a pleasant surprise. ALERT: You must be present with a friend to be surprised. Carr shares this message with College Park: “2018 will be a year of exciting growth, change, and vis- ible differences. Each will have a positive impact on College Park including our lifestyles, businesses, prop- erty values, schools, and overall quality of life. There will be little doubt that College Park is ‘the’ place to live in Orlando, or Central Florida for that matter.” Monthly CPNA meetings take place first Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in the College Park Community Center (2393 Elizabeth Ave.). CPNA proudly announces the 27th annual Sunday in the Park, College Park’s premier family event! Averaging about 3,000 people throughout the day, our event has never been stronger. CPNA invites local busi- nesses, schools, and artists to come share their talents and products. Are you looking for ways to connect your company or service to the local community? We want and need your support. We welcome local businesses and vendors to register for booths as well as participate in sponsorships. There are many fantastic advantages to becoming a sponsor or vendor. We work hard to create as much exposure as possible beforehand and integrate your company into the March 11 event using our stage, the web, promotional materials, and more. Reach out to Sunday in the Park contacts Tom Cook and Allie Loveland via mycpna.org to discuss creat- ing a relationship that works for your business or learn more at mycpna.org/SIP. The Safe Streets and Sidewalks Initiative continues supplementing Orlando’s efforts to make our streets and sidewalks more bike- and pedestrian-friendly. CPNA’s Safe Streets and Sidewalks Initiative seeks suggestions from the community on how to enhance moving people safely and comfortably without the need of an automobile. The Initiative also encourages residents to take pride in their blocks and focus on what improvements can be made to their streets first. Pictures, videos, and ideas from the community to reach these goals are wanted and appreciated! The best way to reach committee members is through mycpna.org. Leaders of the Safe Streets and Sidewalks Initiative — Aaron Powell, Mark Suarez, Mark Aldridge, John Brownsord, and Peter Cherry — invite members of the community to join in. In December, the Michael Welborn/Grace Hagedorn Grant was awarded to the Jump Tree Project submitted by Monarch Learning Academy’s sixth-grade Florida Natives Class. Now the Jump Tree Project needs our help! Students are working to collect the memories sur- rounding this beloved tree. They want to hear from anyone with memories or photographs related to the College Park “jump tree” that fell during Hurricane Irma. The students would love to interview folks but will be happy to accept written accounts as well. Stories, photos, and other artifacts will be collected and presented to the community later this year. Help preserve a piece of College Park’s history. Perhaps we’ll discover this is less about a tree and more about what brings us together. To learn more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. At the February 5 CPNA meeting, Curt Thornton and Dix.Hite + Partners are scheduled to expand on their brief January presentation with a focus on the proposed landscaping of I-4. A group of College Park neighbors seeks commu- nity support in working with the City of Orlando. Their goal is to convince the I-4 Ultimate team and the Florida DOT to improve the appearance of the I-4 landscaping proposed for our CP neighborhood. The current plan calls for heavy landscaping along the road and sidewalk to hide the new interstate wall. Residents hope for a more park-like setting in keeping with the area’s previously lost live oak trees. Neighbors express disappointment with above-grade water deten- tion systems being installed and hope creative land- scaping can make the area more engaging with active green spaces and appropriate parkway plantings. Dix.Hite+ Partners has been helping the neighbors create and convey a vision for a more community- friendly space. Bring a friend and be surprised Sunday in the Park March 11, noon – 5:00 p.m. Safe Streets and Sidewalks Initiative The Jump Tree Project I-4 landscaping NEWS Your College Park Neighborhood Association By Mary Travis, CPNA vice president Homes Sold 33 Average Sales Price $436,999 Average Price Per Sq Ft. $207.33 Average days on market 89 DEBBIE GOETZ Students from Monarch Learning Academy will be conducting the Jump Tree Project to preserve memories from the beloved tree taken down by Hurricane Irma.