By Julie Meyer Taylor

“We want to be a community of people who take care of each other, and take pride in our neighborhood,” said Pam Fitzgerald, President of the Washington Park Neighborhood Association. Ms. Fitzgerald has lived in the Washington Park area for 40 years. In the past year, many positive events have taken place, and she is excited about the future of her neighborhood.

Ways to Get Involved: Turn on your porch lights at night. Attend neighborhood meetings. Participate in neighborhood activities. Show pride in your neighborhood. Report crime and blight. Get to know your neighbors. Take care of each other.

In the 2015 “Best of Phoenix” edition of The Phoenix New Times, Washington Park was named the “Best Up-and-Coming Neighborhood” in Phoenix. Washington Park is located between Bethany Home Road and Glendale Avenue, and between 19th Avenue and 25th Avenue. It is replete with mid-century block ranch homes and boasts many community amenities, including a dog park, activity center, renovated tennis courts, public pool, and top-rated Washington High School. Recently, the neighborhood association received a grant from the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Block Watch Grant Program. The association plans to use this grant money for crime prevention and neighborhood branding. To encourage neighborhood noticeability and unity, they have ordered street sign toppers, yard signs, and T-shirts, all displaying the Washington Park logo. Future plans include repainting curb numbers to make it easier for police and emergency services to find correct addresses; lighting up alleyways to deter crime; creating a volunteer program to help ill or disabled individuals maintain their properties; and providing new neighbors with welcome packets (including refrigerator magnets with important local phone numbers).

Ms. Fitzgerald hopes to engage as many neighbors as possible. Her suggestions for ways to get involved:  Turn on your porch lights at night. Attend neighborhood meetings. Participate in neighborhood activities. Show pride in your neighborhood. Report crime and blight. Get to know your neighbors. Take care of each other.

Washington Park Neighborhood Association meetings are the first Tuesday of every month, at 6 p.m. at the Washington Park Activity Center, located at 2240 W. Citrus Way, Phoenix, AZ 85015. For more information, contact Pam Fitzgerald: pfitz1@cox.net.

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