Friday, September 24, 2010

List of Good News from our Partners in Fair Park

From Joe Busby, president of the Fair Park Residents Association. The FPRA covers a vast area east of UALR. They are active partners, along with Broadmoor, in all the great efforts going on in the University District:

I wanted to share and remind everyone of the good things that are developing in our neighborhood and area.

Police Sub-Station--Demolition has begun to remove the existing building to make way for the new Police Sub-Station at 12th St. and Pine St.

Coleman Creek Greenway--Partners met to move forward with the plans for the restoration of Coleman Creek. The plans include a bike trail/walking path alongside the creek which will extend from War Memorial Park to the Fourche Creek.

Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant -- U.S. Education Department announced that the University District Educational Network has been awarded a $430,000 grant to build our own Promise Neighborhood, a pipeline of social, educational, and health supports that enable all children to learn, grow, and succeed from birth through college.

Central Arkansas Technology Park -- The city signed a memorandum of understanding that will create in partnership with UALR and UAMS a technology park. The consultant study identified three possible locations; all are in the FPRA neighborhood.

All of this was announced this week and it is only Wednesday! Now add it to the; University District, the 12th St. Corridor project, the commercial development at I-630 and Fair Park Blvd., all of St. Marks wonderful new construction, the makeover of War Memorial Park, the new Children’s Library on Jonesboro St. being built, the Target Super Store opening in Oct., the new dorms being built at UALR, the Black Community Developers Empowerment Zone beginning their construction and the first home being ready for sale by the University District Development Corp.

What other neighborhood in the city has this much going for it?

Share with you family, neighbors, friends and co-workers what a great neighborhood that you live in !!!

Working for a better neighborhood,
Joe Busby

Great Arkansas Cleanup Opportunity in Broadmoor's Watershed

This Saturday is the date for the next Keep Little Rock Beautiful Commission Fourche Creek cleanup. Volunteers will meet at Benny Craig Park. Work will be limited to the shore so you don’t have to have a boat to participate.

Of course…it hasn’t rained in forever but the forecast is calling for a 40% chance for Saturday…what is it about planning a Fourche cleanup that makes Mother Nature want to participate? Either way, here are the basics:

Saturday, September 25
9:00 am – 12 noon
Meet at Benny Craig Park

Remember to dress appropriately: long pants & closed-toe shoes or boots.

The organizers will have trash bags, gloves, OFF spray and drinks.

Bonus info:
October 19 & 20, 8-3, Verizon Arena parking lot

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

University District one of 20 areas selected as a Promise Neighborhood

BIG news for Broadmoor and the University district!

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced the winners of $10 million in Promise Neighborhoods federal planning grants for 2010.

Little Rock was selected as one of 21 grantees nationwide to receive a Promise Neighborhoods planning grant. The Promise Neighborhoods area includes Broadmoor, the University District and the census tracts between the University District and Martin Luther King drive, and I-630 and Asher/Roosevelt Ave. See detailed information on the grantees here.

This is a highly competitive program modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone program. The grants will help 21 communities plan to build their own Promise Neighborhood – a pipeline of social, educational, and health supports that enable all children to learn, grow, and succeed from birth through college.

The grant will focus on students who attend Bale, Franklin, and Stephens elementary schools; Forest Heights Middle School; and Hall High School.

UALR led the Little Rock initiative which also includes the LRSD, City of Little Rock, Arkansas Children's Hospital, New Futures, Little Rock Housing Authority and others. Julie Hall, Director of the University District Educational Network, led the effort for UALR

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Coleman Creek Greenway Improvement Meeting September 21 9 AM UALR

Come join the University District staff and others working to make the Coleman Creek corridor through the UALR Campus a great asset for our area. The meeting will be at the UALR Bailey Center on 28th Street. Here's the tentative agenda:
  • Convene (9:00 AM)
  • Introductions and Opening Comments
  • Coleman Creek Greenway Overview (maps of creek and watershed) (Copeland)
  • Development Projects Underway
  • War Memorial Park Improvements (Tolefree/Webre: City of Little Rock)
  • Trail of Tears Park Improvements (Millay: UALR)
  • Water Quality and Habitat Restoration
  • Corps of Engineers (Laura Cameron)
  • Audubon Arkansas (invited)
  • Projects/Concepts Planned
  • Coleman Creek Greenway through the UALR Campus (Millay)
  • Coleman Creek Greenway through the University District (north and south of campus)(Copeland)
  • Discussion
  • Adjourn (10:30 AM)


Friday, September 10, 2010

Lost Dog

Chocolate Lab – Slim/Tall
White Stripe on Chest – Collar Missing
**VERY Friendly – VERY Missed!!**

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

UAR/KLRE Offers Fun, Fellowship September 16

The Friends of KLRE/KUAR, the nonprofit organization that helps fund the stations of UALR Public Radio, invites listeners and fans of public radio to its annual meeting and reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Jack Stephens Center, 28th Street and University Avenue.

Highlighting the reception will be a performance by the Boondogs, a Little Rock indie-folk-rock hybrid.

Catered by Red Door and O'Looney's, the annual gathering will be an opportunity for listeners to visit with the staff members and independent producers who contribute to UALR Public Radio. The business agenda of the meeting will include a station update by General Manager Ben Fry, election of Friends of KLRE/KUAR board members, and the presentation of the Beverly Ann Lacefield Award for Outstanding Service.

Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 501-569-8485 or email

City Manager Addresses Neighborhoods September 11

 The coalition meets from 10 a.m. to noon. For details, call 375-6987.

Pool work day Saturday September 11

Join friends and neighbors on Saturday, September 11, at 9 a.m. to ready the pool for the off season. There will be a job for all ages and skill levels. We look forward to seeing you then!