MPNA Newsletter May 2021

Read the latest newsletter from the Myers Park Neighborhood Association to learn more about the organization and how it represents and protects the neighborhood in City and County affairs. This issue contains information on how you can help contribute to a fundraiser for Hartsfield Elementary School’s Family Resource Center; details on how you can get involved with the Association by responding to one of several important volunteer opportunities; and, how to help protect you and your neighbors through involvement in neighborhood initiatives like Crime Watch and Neighbor-to-Neighbor.

Myers Park Neighborhood Association May 2021 Newsletter – https://myersparkna.org/assets/mpna_newsletter050521.pdf

Hartsfield Elementary Fundraiser

Architectural rendering of Parent Engagement Center at Hartsfield Elementary School.
Architectural rendering of Hartsfield Parent Engagement Center.

Do you want to help bridge the digital divide?
Do you want to support our local elementary school?
Do you want to improve our neighborhood?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, here is an opportunity to act.

How to help: Hartsfield Elementary School (our neighborhood school) is building a parent engagement center (PEC) where parents can access resources and technology to bridge the digital divide and foster success.

The school system is funding reconfiguration of the media center and an adjacent room for the engagement center. However, the school needs additional funds to provide the furnishings and technology for the center (desks, chairs, computers, printers, whiteboards, and the like).

To help furnish the PEC, send donations by check to MPNA, PO Box 504, Tallahassee, FL 32302. Please write “Hartsfield PEC” on the “For” line of the check.

Background: In 2020 South City Foundation (SCF) donated $7,500 to the center through a grant from the Community Foundation of North Florida. The Hartsfield School Advisory Council is working on a fundraising plan for additional funding needed to create a room with resources to meet the needs of many families, including those with preschoolers who are not yet attending Hartsfield.

SCF also coordinated the distribution of $1,000 grants from the Community Foundation of North Florida to Southside neighborhoods adjacent to or near the South City neighborhood. These grants are meant to support better community engagement. As Southside neighborhoods, Myers Park, Woodland Drives, and Indianhead Lehigh received these grants. These three neighborhoods have partnered to strengthen our participation in our local elementary school by directing the grants to the Hartsfield PEC. In addition, the neighborhoods are launching a fundraising campaign for the PEC with the goal of doubling the amount we received from the grant.

To participate in the fundraising effort and to support our elementary school, send donations by check to MPNA, PO Box 504, Tallahassee, FL 32302. (Remember how our long-time board member Vern Williams used to stress the importance of improving our local schools? He was right, and this is an opportunity to do so. Civic purposed and enlightened self-interest in action.)

For more information: See the article in the Indianhead-Lehigh newsletter on page 12 – https://ihlna.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/The-Optimist-NL-SPRING2021-e.pdf


MPNA Annual Meeting 4/19/18

Please plan to attend our General Meeting on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 PM. The meeting will be held at the Neighborhood Affairs Community Room, 912 Myers Park Drive. The main agenda items include the election of board and officers, neighborhood safety, and a report on invasive plant removal activities.

We look forward to seeing you and hope you will consider joining the Association. Dues are $20/year per household and are optional.

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MPNA General Meeting

Please plan to attend our General Meeting on March 13, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Neighborhood Affairs Community Room.  The main agenda items are the election of officers and an update on the sale/rezoning of the Parks Office Proposal.

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Please plan to attend and consider joining the Association.  Dues are $20/year per household and are optional.

Local Planning Agency Public Hearing

Tallahassee-Leon County Local Planning Agency (LPA)
February 7, 2017 6:00 PM, City Commission Chambers, City Hall

At this meeting the LPA receives City staff recommendations on the proposed amendments.  The LPA will also make their own recommendations on the proposals.  Public comments are taken at the meeting and citizens have three minutes to speak.  Please plan to attend and voice your opinions.

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Please wear red to show your support for “keeping public land public”!

Friends Speak Out

Friends and neighbors continue to voice their opinions about the potential sale of a portion of the Myers Park parcel.

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Park Proposal Survey

Please share your thoughts regarding the City’s proposed rezoning and development of the Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Affairs office parcel by taking the short survey at the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LQKKH5T

Background – As you probably know, the City has proposed to rezone the parcel of land on which the office of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Affairs is located. There has been a neighborhood meeting, a City public hearing, and a lot of neighborhood activity regarding this proposal. We know how the folks showing up at the meetings and participating in the response feel. We do not know how those not participating are feeling. In an effort to get a better “overall sense of the neighborhood”, we have created a short survey to get a broader set of opinions. Please take a couple minutes to respond to the survey and give your opinions regarding the City proposal and other alternatives. We are requiring addresses as part of the response because we need to know where you fall within three groups: those properties that would be impacted by the noise mitigation wall, those properties within 1000′ of the parcel, and all others. More detailed information is accessible from the survey.

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Myers Park Neighborhood Statement

Myers Park Parks and Recreation SignBased on the Myers Park/Woodland Drives joint neighborhood meeting on Wed August 24th, the board has issued a neighborhood statement regarding Comprehensive Plan/zoning changes and the proposed development of the City Recreation, Parks and Neighborhood Affairs parcel.

Myers Park Neighborhood Association Statement August 27, 2016.

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