Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Message from the Mayor

Park Improvements

You may be noticing some changes to our city’s parks. Thanks to a refinancing of existing parks bonds, these improvements amounting to $6.75 million have come with no increase in taxes and no increase to our yearly payment on these bonds and can only be spent on capital improvements to our parks. Highlighted below are the details of these projects and their estimated completion dates. These are important quality of life improvements. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I hope you’ll watch these developments with interest and enjoy our improved parks as these projects are completed.

In Riverfront Park, a new plaza was opened in May to highlight our city’s namesake, La Petite Roche Project, near the Junction Bridge. The plaza includes a series of plaques that detail the history of our city and provide information and identification of the “Little Rock” and explorer Bernard de la Harpe.

We will be adding playgrounds at Otter Creek Park and at the Southwest Community Center with an estimated completion of October 29. The Animal Village near S. University Ave. will be adding a new dog park, which will be a welcomed addition to our existing dog park in Murray Park.

The City’s sports facilities are undergoing numerous improvements, including a major renovation of the Rebsamen Tennis Center near 12th Street. The Center will have resurfaced courts, including the rehabilitation of the Center Court to be named for Robert Walker, a great tennis patron of the city. Many other repairs to the courts and buildings are estimated to be completed by the middle of August. To meet our need for more soccer fields, we are developing the Natural Steps Park and Playing Fields on Highway 300 about five minutes north of Highway 10. This project will add several new soccer fields, which we estimate will be open in February, 2011.

At War Memorial Park, we have renovated two golf holes and increased open space for recreational and leisure activities. We will be adding two new tennis courts next to the Jim Dailey Fitness and Aquatics Center, which we estimate will be completed in September. Enhanced archway entrances to the park at Markham and Fair Park and also on 12th Street are estimated to be completed in September. A spray-and-play area, estimated to be completed in May of next year, will be constructed and should provide hours of entertainment for children similar to the spray-and-play area in Riverfront Park. Other War Memorial Park improvements include the closure of Club Road, the construction of a roundabout at Fair Park and Zoo Drive, the construction of a cancer survivor park and a walking trail along Coleman Creek.

The Little Rock Zoo will receive $1.65 million in improvements for many projects, including the Over-the-Jumps Carousel and the Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe exhibit in addition to renovations to the lion, lemur and giraffe exhibits.

MacArthur Park, the original “City Park,” will receive an improved front lawn plaza and more lighting. This project is estimated to be completed in October.

The City purchased 127 acres of land for future development near S. University Ave. that was the former Western Hills Golf Course and also purchased additional property to expand the West Central Ball Complex on Barrow Road and Colonel Glenn Road.

Several of our neighborhood parks will also be receiving facelifts. The following 16 parks will be receiving improved amenities such as new playground additions at Hanger Hill Park, a new basketball court at Southside Park, new bleachers at Meriweather Park, new restrooms at Crump Park and new picnic tables at Pankey Park. Improvements are also planned for Richland Park, Ninth Street Park, Oak Forest Park, Wakefield Park, Prospect Terrace Park, Conner Park, Birchwood Park, Union Park, Butler Park, Thom Park and Pinedale Cove Park.

We hope you will enjoy the progress we are making our parks. These improvements will improve not only our parks but our neighborhoods and our quality of life. As summer turns to fall, we hope you and your family will find more time to experience the wonderful amenities our parks provide.

Please forward this email to the people in your address book who may also want to know this information. They may sign up to receive future Messages from the Mayor by following the link below. If you wish to have your address deleted from future emails please follow the link below and click the “unsubscribe” button.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mark Stodola
Mayor

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing

The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing has a very informative series of publications available for free on its website.
The mission of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing is to advance the concept and practice of problem-oriented policing in open and democratic societies. It does so by making readily accessible information about ways in which police can more effectively address specific crime and disorder problems.

The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing is a non-profit organization comprising affiliated police practitioners, researchers, and universities dedicated to the advancement of problem-oriented policing.

If you live in a single-family home, you will be interested in the Center's guide to patterns that are seen over and over again with home burglaries.

Read the guide and you will get a much clearer understanding of what you can do to reduce the likelihood of being burglarized.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Volunteers Needed for UALR Children International' s Back to School Jamboree

The Back To School Jamboree helps kindergarten through high school students and parents enrolled in UALR Children International receive school supplies, health screenings and collect benefits.

30 Volunteers are needed each day to help us with this fun activity!

Volunteers will help with greeting and directing families, assisting with door prizes, helping children write letters, distributing books and school supplies, etc.

Dates: Friday July 23 10:30 am – 6:00 pm, Lunch provided

Saturday July 24 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, Lunch provided

Volunteers can sign up to work 2 hour shifts on Friday.

Thank you for your support!

Contact:

501-663-5541.


Jolie Busby, CVM
Volunteer Coordinator
UALR Children International
2510 Fair Park Blvd.
Little Rock, AR 72204

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Target Opening Approaches - Now Hiring

We are just months away from having a brand-new Target store 1.5 miles from Broadmoor. The new store is on the site of the former University Mall, right across from St. Vincent. The new development is called Park Avenue.


Update: Target is now hiring.

To Apply:

* Visit Target.com/careers and apply online

Or

* Attend their Mini Hire on Thursday, July 15 or Friday, July 16 at their West Little Rock Target, 12700 Chenal Parkway (next to Home Depot), from 9 am to 7 pm both days.


The new store looks finished on the outside. Work is still going on inside the store, and, of course, it will have to be stocked before it opens.

Most "big box" retailers are moving to the urban fringe, but Target is coming back to the heart of Little Rock. Broadmoor residents will be able to add Target to their list of nearby shopping options.

Sears, Park Plaza Mall, and Midtowne Mall are all less than two miles from our wonderful neighborhood. In October, we will be able to zip into Target, too!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Updating School Bus Stop Information

If you need to update your address, please contact the Student Registration Office prior to July 16th at 447-2950. Any address changes made after July 16th will not receive transportation information until after school begins.

If you have not had a change of address, you can expect to receive your child's bus stop assignment after August 12th.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Congratulations and Thank You to Recent Yards of the Week!






Broadmoor volunteer Keith Gillen places our sign on a different well maintained landscape in our neighborhood each week. With 552 houses, that's a lot of looking.




Recently, the neighborhood association has awarded this honor to 7 Barbara Drive, 42 Lakeshore Drive, 67 Broadmoor Drive, 1 AND 3 Belmont, and 18 Woodcliff Circle.





These residents' high standards are reflected by the work they do to keep Broadmoor looking great. Thank you!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Keep Little Rock Beautiful Commission Litter Assessment

The Keep Little Rock Beautiful Commission will conduct its annual survey of litter problems on Saturday, August 7, 2010, from 8 until noon. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact the Commission through its web site.

Volunteers drive around designated routes in Little Rock and rate the amount of litter. Afterward, they try to get the most littered street adoped in the Adopt-a-Street Program or organize a cleanup of the some areas.

You can find out more about this event at http://keeplittlerockbeautiful.com/events/

The Commission is on Facebook, too.

Next Police Quarterly Meeting July 22

The Northwest Patrol Division Quarterly Meeting is Thursday, July 22nd, 6:30pm at the Northwest Substation, 10,001 Kanis Road.

This meeting is for Districts 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 70, 71, and 72. Or in general, those that reside west of University Avenue and north of Colonel Glenn Rd. Broadmoor is in District 61.

Quarterly Neighborhood meetings provide a forum for concerned citizens to hear crime statistics and crime trends in their respective patrol division areas, discuss progress of arrests and investigations, share success stories and accomplishments, and to commend officers for outstanding performance. They provide an opportunity for Citizens to express concerns.

Several Broadmoor residents attended the last quarterly meeting and spoke with police about some concerns. These conversations led neighborhood residents to take action to assist the police in removing several problems from the area.

For more information call the Northwest Patrol Division at 918-3500 or 918-5358.