Thornton Park organizes new welcome and beautification committees

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The TPNA recently began two new committees: an old-fashioned “Welcome Wagon” and a Gardening & Beautification committee.

The Welcome Wagon committee welcomed 10 new homeowners to the neighborhood this summer. With so many homes being sold in the last year, a group of neighbors thought it would be great to revive the old concept of welcoming new neighbors with a gift, an informational packet and a personal knock on the door. The packet contains information on our neighborhood, the Thornton Park Neighborhood Association, the Lake Lawsona Historic District, local transportation, schools, elected officials and our business district. The committee also included menus, business brochures and coupons from the Thornton Park Main Street District. Residents can view the packet by joining the Thornton Park Neighborhood group on and checking under documents. Landlords are welcome to pass this along to their new tenants as well.

The new Gardening & Beautification committee met on August 28 at Island Time to brainstorm goals and project ideas for the committee. The top goals selected were:

  • Promote a more beautiful neighborhood.
  • Educate neighbors on the how-to and benefits of better yard stewardship.
  • Promote sustainability through encouraging native plants and recycling and discouraging littering.


The top five project ideas selected include: establishing a community garden; sponsoring a neighborhood-wide cleanup on November 10; developing the idea of a Property Helper Group (which would help folks who need help with yard work, tree-trimming, maintenance, etc.); creating an education campaign to inform neighbors on the benefits of attractive yards, vegetable gardening, Fleet Farming, native plants, etc.; and starting a Yard of the Season award.

In other business, Thornton Park recently elected Christopher Betsher as secretary. Their next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on November 12, at the Mayor Langford Park Center.

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