South Park wins Neighborhood of the Year! Nationally!

It’s official, South Park is the Neighborhoods, USA winner of 2008 Neighborhood of the Year.

The party is tonight- at the South Park Tavern, 1301 Wayne Ave.

It took a lot of people, working together, to pull this off. Kudo’s to all. I’m sure there will be some official type releases coming out soon. But for now, let’s party! And the rest of you- it’s not too late to buy a home in South Park- we’ve got a few available right now.

See this post for the original announcement that we were in the running: http://esrati.com/?p=739

OFFICIAL RELEASE

Dayton’?s Historic South Park Wins National Award
First Prize for NUSA’s Neighborhood of the Year-Physical
Revitalization
Release Date: Friday, May 23, 2008
Contact:  Karin Manovich, Historic South Park, Inc.,
[email protected]
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The work of community leaders, residents and volunteers in Dayton’s South Park neighborhood has been recognized by Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) with a first prize award for Neighborhood of the Year – Physical
Revitalization.

Historic South Park, Inc., the non-profit neighborhood association supporting revitalization of the 700-structure historic district just southeast of downtown Dayton, earned the award following a presentation on May 22, 2008, at NUSA’s national conference in Hampton, Virginia.

The annual award recognizes projects that are initiated by one neighborhood organization and focused on the physical aspects of a neighborhood such as parks, green spaces, housing improvement, lighting,
litter control, traffic management, signage and business district enhancement. Historic South Park was one of five finalists competing for the honor.

Two major projects helped Historic South Park earn the award: the development of an ambitious neighborhood master plan in 2007 in cooperation with American Institute of Architects volunteers; and the
October 2007 Rehabarama, which restored 10 historic homes for public tours and subsequent sale.

South Park’s community spirit and the creativity of our residents led to this honor, said Karin Manovich, president of Historic South Park. More than 7,000 volunteer hours were dedicated to the improvement of South Park in 2007.

The historic district’s momentum during the last 18 months has generated unprecedented demand for housing, according to Manovich.

NUSA, founded in 1975, is a national organization committed to strengthening neighborhood organizations and communities. For more information, go to www.historicsouthpark.org or www.nusa.org

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2 Responses

  1. Pam May 23, 2008 / 3:17 pm
    Wow! That is awesome!

    Congratulations to everyone who lives and works in South Park and makes it such a great place to be. It’s been like a home away from home for me for a couple of years, and I’m sorry I can’t be there full time.

    If you’re looking for an authentic community experience in an old-style neighborhood that’s growing, thriving, and redefining itself for the future, it’s definitely where you want to be.

  2. Scott May 23, 2008 / 6:42 pm
    Congratulations South Park – well deserved!
    As a former resident, I can confirm that South Park is a great place to live. My family and I have moved to the Pacific Northwest, but we have great memories and lifelong friends from our 10 years in South Park.

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