Pride will be coming soon, says the Southwest Area Commission.
At the June 16 meeting, the commission announced that select communities within the southwest region were chosen to be one of the four areas that will host the popular event Neighborhood Pride.
Neighborhood Pride, created by city of Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman in 2000, is a week-long event where residents and a variety of city departments work together to help clean, fix up, beautify and strengthen the community.
"Everything that you can think of happens," said commissioner Stefanie Coe.
According to the city, they provide home safety and code inspections; alley cleaning; street sweeping; utility and storm sewer inspections; mowing; park cleaning and lead volunteer efforts to remove litter and graffiti.
Within 10 years as being an active program, Neighborhood Pride is credited with helping to get 9,792 homes fixed up and brought into compliance with city codes, repairing 1,877 streetlights, picking up 1,147 tons of bulk trash, inspecting 23,186 catch basins and painting 6,234 fire hydrants.
Repair work is not all they do though. During select days of the week, they hold neighborhood safety academy sessions, host a bicycle safety festival (and give out free bike helmets to children), have a neighborhood pride talent showcase with Finland Middle School students, and host a community night with Coleman and his cabinet.
New this year is a community bike ride with the mayor. Coe said funding would be available for residents in the pride area to make home improvements. Low to no interest loans will be offered to residents who apply (and are accepted) when the event begins.
Commissioner Ralph Horn said it "was a good thing" they were having a community bike ride with the mayor because it would showcase the lack of sidewalks and bike paths in the area.
For residents near Frank Road, Hardy Parkway and Gantz Road, Neighborhood Pride week officially kicks off on Sept. 13. The community is encouraged to come to the pre-pride community meeting on Sept. 7 at the Central Baptist Church, located at 1955 Frank Road.
Among other dates of interest, the neighborhood safety academy will be held on Sept. 14 from 6-9 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church, the mayor’s community bike ride will be on Sept. 15, and Coleman’s community night will be held on Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church.
The Central Baptist Church will also be the location of the pride week service center, (9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday). The bicycle safety festival date has yet to be determined.