City of Bowling Green Names Model Neighborhoods, Recognizes Neighbors
- December 8, 2017
- Karen Foley - (270)393-3674
- Bowling Green, KY
NCS unveiled a new "Model Neighborhood" designation at last night's 18th Annual Neighborhood Builders Banquet, naming Crestmoor and Hillview Mills as its inaugural honorees. Three individuals also received awards, and a new award was presented to the Eloise B. Houchens Center.
Bowling Green Neighborhood & Community Services unveiled a new "Model Neighborhood" designation at last night's 18th Annual Neighborhood Builders Banquet, naming Crestmoor and Hillview Mills as its inaugural honorees.
The designation is meant to recognize "a neighborhood that has achieved a model level of community spirit, cooperation and communication as a vital neighborhood of choice in Bowling Green." Both Crestmoor neighbors and the Hillview Mills Homeowners Association have completed ambitious neighborhood entry and signpost projects and maintain robust communication with neighbors via active Facebook groups. Both neighborhoods also have broad participation by neighbors in organizing and planning activities and have healthy market values.
Neighborhood & Community Services will provide a marker at the entry-ways of each Model Neighborhood so that visitors and residents can be reminded of this special designation.
NCS also introduced another new award category, the Pillar Award, which is designed to recognize an anchoring business or organization that enhances the appearance and vitality of a neighborhood through a high standard of upkeep and service. The Pillar Award was presented for the first time to the Eloise B. Houchens Center, located at 1155 Adams Street. The historic house was built by late Mayor Francis Kister in 1906 and has been maintained as the Houchens Center since 1976.
Individual award honorees were recognized as follows:
- Bonnie Whitney, Edgehill Place, received the Mortar Award, for exemplary service to neighbors behind the scenes. Ms. Whitney is a senior who balances family caregiving responsibilities while helping neighbors with yard work and litter, and she takes exceptional pride in her home.
- James Miller, Jr. and Mary Bennett, Eastland Park, together received the Mortar Award, for exemplary service to neighbors behind the scenes. The Miller-Bennetts help neighbors with household chores and meals and have shared Christmas spirit by helping neighbors with decorations while making their own a showcase for others to enjoy.
- Charlene Walker, West End Community Gardeners, received the Cornerstone Award, for motivating and recruiting others to participate in meeting neighborhood challenges in her neighborhood and in Bowling Green. Ms. Walker has organized a seed bank and managed several community gardening projects and volunteers for several non-profit organizations and schools. She also serves on the board for Bowling Green Coalition of Active Neighborhoods (BGCAN).
The Neighborhood Builders Awards have been presented each year since 2000. Nominees are sought each year beginning in September. The Model Neighborhood designation is expected to expand each year.
For more information regarding the awards, for photos, or for other information, please contact Neighborhood & Community Services at 270-393-3444.
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