The Neighborhood Services Department sponsored the inaugural STAR Community Service Day Event on Saturday August 23rd. The event was a collaborative community building and improvement initiative done in partnership with approximately 120 volunteers and support from Lincoln’s Challenge, Champaign Public Works Department, University of Illinois Office of Volunteer Programs, Latter Day Saints, Champaign Unit 4 Schools, City of Champaign’s Neighborhood Services Advisory Board, Beardsley Park Neighborhood Association, Champaign Park District, Dobbins Down Improvement Association, JAL Properties, United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association, University of Illinois – Hip Hop Xpress, Champaign Community Coalition and Council Member Karen Foster. A brief recap of results from each project is as follows:
- Mable Thomas Memorial Park in Dobbins Downs – Park rehabilitation including new signage; replaced wooden fence; weed, mulch and replant planters; re-mulched playground; mowed and weeded lawn.
- Sherwood Court Neighborhood – Neighborhood cleanup with dumpster provided for residents to dispose of household items; litter abatement project along Bradley Avenue and railroad tracks.
- Mittendorf Drive – House painting project.
- Garwood/Beardsley-Champaign Street Blitz – One front yard landscaping project; neighborhood cleanup with dumpster provide for residents of 1100 and 1200 blocks of N Champaign to dispose of household items.
- Garden Hills Neighborhood Blitz – Three projects completed:
- Garden Hills Elementary School – Front school entrance planting areas weeded and topped with wood chips.
- Door Hanger Distribution – Distributed resource materials on Neighborhood Code Compliance, Neighborhood Housing Programs, and the United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association.
- Hedge Road – Two rental properties received some landscape improvement through a “curb appeal” initiative.