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Uptown Neighborhood Association

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The Uptown Neighborhood Association boundaries are Douglas to Central and Grove to Hillside. Uptown includes about 750 households and another 50 or so businesses. Anyone who lives, works, owns property or conducts business here is a member. Our association is very active with many residents and businesses playing a part in all activities. Our membership includes families, singles and retirees, home owners and renters, people of all races and socio-economic backgrounds.

Uptown contains a wonderful, small park that we maintain. It is called "Chautauqua Park" that we named ourselves. We also have a one-mile walking path along the 3rd Street canal that goes through the entire neighborhood. Uptown is surrounded by businesses that are all within walking distance including a grocery stores, a health food store and gift shops, many delicious restaurants, pharmacies, College Hill Pool, antique stores, Wesley hospital and many others.

Uptown was established in 1997 in response to the city's proposal to tear out our section of 3rd Street between Hillside and Grove and put in a drainage canal. Their proposal included none of the amenities that were originally included in the plan. The new association's members started working with the city during the summer of '97 to improve the future drainage project along 3rd Street. We asked the city to return to the linear park plan and to put in the play area that had been in earlier plans. By finding the location and making the contacts for the city, we asked them to buy a run down property along 3rd Street at Chautauqua and tear down the house to put in a small park.

After meeting Larry Hoetmer, landscape architect for the Parks Department, we began working with him to install all the amenities we wanted in the park. Our linear park also has a bike path that connects to the path that runs under the I-135 canal route. We now have play equipment, benches, a picnic table, a fence with artwork by Randle Julian and massive plantings that we planted using city funds. Our most recent addition is a stone that displays the name of our park. Uptown maintains the playground by mowing, weeding and clean ups of the canal using neighborhood volunteers.

 
 
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