Beautification

plant43Chair: Amy Sharp

Members: Open to all Members of the Association

Focus: Volunteers help to beautify and enhance the neighborhood, especially the public spaces of the traffic islands and Scates Park

Activities:

  • Conduct long-range landscape planning of public spaces within the neighborhood
  • Coordinate landscaping, gardening, tree planting and other neighborhood beautification projects
  • Facilitate the Buckets & Boots Kids Club
  • Coordinate the annual herb and plant sale at the Spring Picnic and Pumpkin Party
  • Manage the Friends of Scates volunteer group

Committee reports and related stories can be found below.

Push to grow local neighborhood associations
“It’s completely invaluable.” Terrell Heights Neighborhood Association President Jenny Heymann describes the beautification efforts. http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/push-to-grow-local-neighborhood-associations
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Traffic Island Plans
The Beautification Committee has worked with designers to help develop a consistent approach to all the traffic islands in Terrell
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Improvements Underway at Kenilworth Park
It is the smallest traffic island in Terrell Heights to be sure, but a testament to the fact that any
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Park Partnership with Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church
The Terrell Heights Neighborhood Association has entered into a new partnership with Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church for a joint adoption
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Volunteers ready Scates Park for annual picnic
It was unseasonably cool on the morning of Saturday, April 5th . . . perfect for a little yard work. Even
Read more.

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Improvements Underway at Kenilworth Park

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It is the smallest traffic island in Terrell Heights to be sure, but a testament to the fact that any green space can become special no matter the size.

On a recent work day in November, members of the Terrell Heights Neighborhood Association began work on a new improvement plan for the small traffic island. Initial efforts included removing grass, scraping the dirt leveland regrading, creating border areas and a small pathway, beginning to lay landscape cloth and metal edging, and placing a boulder in the center of the site. Association beautification committee chair, Amy Sharp, prepared the plans along with local landscape architect and neighbor, John Lafoon. Special thanks to new neighbor John Romain who lives on the small park space and who also contributed greatly to the initial effort and planning. Future work days will see the landscape complete with extensive planing. Neighbors are welcome to join in the effort.

Park Partnership with Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church

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The Terrell Heights Neighborhood Association has entered into a new partnership with Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church for a joint adoption of the small park (traffic island) located at the corner of Mt. Calvary Drive and Chevy Chase Drive. The partnership is part of the larger long-term effort on the part of the neighborhood association to adopt all traffic islands in the neighborhood and upgrade them with appropriate landscaping and other improvements.

Amy Sharp, chair of the association’s Beautification Committee, worked hard to make this partnership a possibility. Landscape architect, neighbor and former board member, John Lafoon, provided the master plan. The effort included a significant initial donation of money for improvements as well as a recent work day in November during which approximately 25 neighbors and church congregants joined forces to begin work on the improvements. Initial efforts included removing a top surface of grass and dirt, regrading the area at the tip of of the island, laying water permeable barriers to prevent weeds, installing landscape edging, placing several large boulders and planting three large Mountain Laurels donated by the City’s parks department. Future efforts will include laying decomposed granite for a walkway and base for the boulders as well as mulch and additional plantings. Neighbors are welcome to volunteer to assist on future work days. Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church has agreed to be responsible for ongoing maintenance, and they plan to install a memorial plaque honoring their recently decreased long-time pastor.

Volunteers ready Scates Park for annual picnic

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It was unseasonably cool on the morning of Saturday, April 5th . . . perfect for a little yard work. Even better for Friends of Scates Park to do some weeding, mulching, and raking of leaves to get the park ready for the Annual Picnic on Saturday, April 12th.

The City provided 17 bags of mulch and work gloves for the volunteers. Art Ordoqui organized the effort and coordinated with volunteers. The work was scheduled to take place between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., but some folks worked at least an extra couple of hours!

We have Art Ordoqui to thank for Friends of Scates Park. Friends of Parks is an Adopt-A-Park Program through the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department. Art found out about the program, researched it, presented a proposal to the THNA Board for creating Friends of Scates Park, and submitted an application to Parks & Rec. The program is an opportunity for Terrell Heights residents to be hands-on members of the team that keeps Scates Park in top condition. A program of this kind is increasingly important in times of scarce resources. The contribution of residents’ time and effort will ensure that Scates Park remains among the most beautiful in the City.

Miles of thanks to each and every volunteer who showed up and helped with the effort:

Art  & Daniel, Michelle,  Nate,  & Ally, Amy & Chris, Ruth Ann, Mark  & Ann, Jamie & Ray, John, and Judy & Kay.

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