I am excited to announce on behalf of the Free Little Library Committee that our first Library is installed and ready to use! It is located at the top of the footpath that connects Bellevue and Chestnut and is filled with books!
Many people have contacted me and said they have books to donate. Please stop by and add a book to the library if there is room. If there is no room, then just save it for another time. Better yet, take a book for yourself and leave a book for someone else to read! Books in the library are for adults and children of all ages. I am very excited to see the movement of books in the library that has already occurred.
The library is monitored on a weekly basis to make sure it is filled with new books and to make sure it is in good working order.
I want to thank everyone on the committee that helped to make this vision a reality. I also want to thank anyone who made a monetary contribution to our committee.
We are hoping to add more Free Libraries to Bellevue Park as we can raise the funds to do so. If you are interested in donating money to our fund, please make checks payable to the Bellevue Park Association and write “Free Little Library” in the memo section. Checks can be sent to Christine Quimby, Bellevue Park Association Treasurer, or dropped off or sent to my house at 2217 Southfield Road.
If you have any questions or concerns about the library and how it works, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me
Dear Neighbors, the Neighborhood Preservation Committee and the Harrisburg City Police will be holding a cookout on July 24th in the parking lot beside the baseball field at 25th Street and Rudy Road. This will be the NPC’s National Night Out party. We’re asking all of you to come out and celebrate with us on the 24th, and we encourage all of you to celebrate National Night Out with the City of Harrisburg on August 6th.
The June Grapevine and the 2019 Sillybration schedule has been posted on the Grapevines page. Have a look at what’s going on and we hope to see you there!
The Bellevue Park Annual Meeting will be held at the Community Building on June 10, 2019. An ice cream social will be directly before the meeting at 7:00 PM. The meeting will start at 7:30 PM. Please attend to hear what your neighbors have been doing in the neighborhood and vote on changes to our bylaws.
Hope to see everyone there!
Recently, a new knitting group was formed in the Park and had 16 attendees at its first meeting.
On Monday, June 11 at 7:00 PM, the Bellevue Park Association will be holding its annual meeting, which is open to all Bellevue Park residents. It will be held at the Bellevue Park Community Building at 143 Briarcliff Road. It is a chance to meet with neighbors and hear annual reports from the Association Board and all the subcommittees. It gives all residents the opportunity to hear what is being done in our neighborhood and ask questions to further enhance your understanding of what all we do to make the Park a great place to live. Also, prior to the meeting, we will be having ice cream, which is available to everyone - just bring your appetite!
There are two changes planned for the bylaws, which can be read here. Because these changes affect everyone, it is important to have all voices heard. Please attend, if possible. If you cannot attend, please fill out this proxy form, and give it to a neighbor who is attending. This will allow the other resident to vote on your behalf, or you can designate your vote on the form itself.
The town hall meeting is the simplest and most direct form of democracy, allowing you to voice your concerns and hear those of others. Thanks for doing your part!
On April 28 at 11:30 AM, the new Oakwood Playscape enjoyed its Grand Opening in Bellevue Park. There was an egg hunt for the kids, and then play time started in earnest. There was a chili lunch afterwards with a chance for families to get to know one another. Thanks to Matt Lewis and all who helped make this a reality!
The presentations for Capital Region Water's City Beautiful H2O program have been added to site and represent some very interesting and exciting ideas on changing the hydrology of our neighborhood. To find out more about this, see the Water Services section of the Tree Management and Other Resources page. Thank you to Pat Buckley for providing the documents!
On August 1, neighbors from Bellevue Park and Melrose Gardens came together at the Girl Scouts building to share our desire for a stronger community and a reduction of crime in Harrisburg. Food was provided by the Salvation Army, who will be relocating to the neighborhood in the future. Games, food, and activities were provided. Thanks to all for making it a success!
At the Annual Meeting of the Bellevue Park Association held on the evening of June 12th in the Community Building, I reported that the Bellevue Park Board of Directors had approved the Association's continuing support for a third year of collaboration with the Harrisburg Public School Foundation through the Foundation's "Adopt a Classroom" program. In this program, private organizations like the Bellevue Park Association award grants of $500 to elementary school classes in Harrisburg Public Schools to promote academic enrichment and program development. Over the past two years, supported entirely by money voluntarily contributed by our neighbors in the Park, we have been able to support three classes annually.
On Monday evening, 25 people attending the annual meeting pledged $1,220 toward our continued participation in this program. The average pledge was just over $48. If you'd like to contribute to this good cause--in any amount--please contact Steve MacDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capital Region Water (CRW) is conducting a study of Mish Run - the steam that flows through Bellevue Park. This is the same stream that feeds the ponds and then goes underground until it flows out to the Susquehanna River. CRW is seeking to identify potential Green Stormwater Infrastructure projects that will reduce stormwater flow in Bellevue Park and the City.
Capital Region Water (CRW) and CH2M (consulting engineers) conducted the second stakeholder meeting with residents of the Bellevue Park Association (BPA) on March 30, 2017 from 7-8:30 pm in the BPA Community Center. Approximately 17 residents attended. As a result of this meeting, the following Action Items will be pursued: 1) CRW to work towards a partnership agreement with the BPA board; 2) CH2M (with CRW input) to conduct cost/benefit analysis on a preferred set of alternatives based on the community input.
Bellevue Park has been selected to be the host of the 19th Annual HYP (Harrisburg Young Professionals) Home Tour on Saturday, May 13. Tickets can be purchased from the HYP website in advance. Proceed from the ticket sales will go to the HYP Home in the City Program.
Event Registration: 12:00pm @ Bellevue Park Community Building, 143 Briarcliff Rd. Harrisburg 17104
Tour: 12:00pm – 5:00 PM
After Party: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM @ Oakwood Rd. Reservation (near registration)