2 ADDING ELECTRIC AND WATER (for park events and water fountains)
3 SIGNAGE – add park name, Founder’s Park to an attractive sign near entrance
4 UPGRADED FENCING
5 PARK CLEAN-UP & PLANTING – (year 2) taking place May 20.
6 PLAY AREA – Add benches, tables for adults between swings and street and add more swings, slides & fun play structures to entice kids
7 WALL OF BUILDING NEXT DOOR – Paint a mural on the wall
8 GAZEBO AND SHUFFLEBOARD AREA – Eliminate black top and replace with grass or matching cement. Paint or re-stain Gazebo, Good spot for 2 large permanent flower planters or some landscaping to perk it up.
Improve views around side perimeters of park. Add smaller trees and other flora and block out industrial views on either side of park (skip laurel, ground shrubs, etc.). Have a small dedicated Garden area with a unique layout and flora that might attract people like Cherry Blossoms in Branch Brook Pk.
10 PROMOTIONS & EVENTS
Summer events – BBQ, Arts, Sculpture, Theatre, Music, Movies, Foodtrucks, Picnics, Bocce and other games…
Those interested in joining the AHNA and volunteering at its second annual park clean-up and planting day on Saturday morning, May 20. Visit www.academyheights.weebly.com or find the AHNA on Nextdoor.com.
The AHNA was established in 2015 by local residents, David Kraiker and Ken Krasner. Andrew & Catherine Kit, Linda Cappaze, Robert Lasner and others have also contributed significantly to the mission of “preserving the integrity and serenity” and raising the profile of the neighborhood. It numbers more than 200 members. Although young, the AHNA has already made its mark, working closely with the town on projects like the proposed 4th & Valley development and 320 Valley St. as well as Founders Park.