The new playground is almost here!

Thirty Marine volunteers completed the bulk of the installation of the NEW HF Park playground last week. Thanks to those Marines and to the neighbors who donated food and drinks. Stabilization and safety inspections are still needed, but park and construction officials say the playground should be open by the end of the month.

Update: Lilly Mill drainage project

The ​Lilly ​Mill Storm Drainage Improvement Project in the creek behind Huntingtowne Farms Elementary has begun. Expect to see lots of trucks and construction equipment. The access to the creek will be at the intersection of Lilly Mill and Tattersall.

For more information about the project, contact the following people with Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Services:

Edrina Maben-Collins – Senior Construction Inspector (She’ll be onsite most days)
704-575-9764
edrina.maben-collins@ci.charlotte.nc.us

Adam Clapp – Construction Supervisor
704-634-5062
aclapp@charlottenc.gov

Jackie Bray – City Project Manager
704-336-6770
jbray@charlottenc.gov

For project updates visit http://charlottenc.gov/StormWater/Projects/Pages/LillyMill.aspx

 

The block party was a BLAST!

Thanks to everyone who came out in the heat for our first (official) block party. Nearly 200 neighbors and friends getting together for an awesome night of food, music, and fun means we need to start planning the next one!

Special thanks to Kim Riddle, Wally Dawson, John Sechrist, and Matthew Ridenhour for pulling this event together.

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Block party! July 3!

HF residents! Join us on Tuesday, July 3, for a pre-holiday block party! There’ll be live music, a food truck (Plated Palette), King of Pops, a bouncy house and movie for the kids, and all your neighborhood friends.

Find us on Burnt Mill between Goneaway and Northampton starting at 5 p.m. BYOB and please bring a chair or two if you’d like.

This event is open to everyone. HFNA members will receive a ticket for $5 off their food purchase and $2 off a treat at King of Pops. Join or renew online, pay at the event, or mail a check for $55 to HFNA, P.O. Box 242502, Charlotte, NC 28224.

 

 

Highlights from the HFNA annual meeting

Thanks to all who came to the Huntingtowne Farms Neighborhood Association meeting on April 30. In case you couldn’t make it, here are some highlights:

Greenway update. Gwen Cook, director of Greenway Planning and Development Services, announced that the grand opening of the Tyvola–HF Park greenway section will be Saturday, June 23rd, at 10 a.m. She also said that the greenway in HF park will be widened to 12 feet, and that our playground will be rebuilt (on the same spot as before) in late summer or early fall after construction vehicles no longer need access to that area. A small pavilion will be built next to the playground. The section of the greenway from HF Park to I-485 is expected to be complete by the summer of 2019.

Drainage improvement project. Brian Sikes, a project manager with Mecklenburg County,  said that the Lilly Mill Drainage Improvement Project will begin construction this September, and that the project will take up to two years to complete.

County commission. HF resident and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour spoke about some current issues, including the 2019 property revaluation and the possibility of universal pre-k for all 4-year-olds. He reminded attendees that issues the county commission deals with include schools, parks, libraries, social services, and the health department. He encouraged residents to contact him with questions or concerns at matthew.ridenhour@mecklenburgcountync.gov or 704-880-4916.

Landscaping. Mark Thornberry has agreed to serve as vice president of HFNA and will take on planning and maintenance for our entrances. Repairs to the lighting and sprinkler system will be needed this year.

Neighborhood directory. Planned for this summer after HFNA’s main membership drive ends. Section leaders may call on new neighbors to welcome them, inform them about HFNA, and encourage them to join the association.

Finances. John Sechrist has agreed to serve as HFNA treasurer. The HFNA board voted to increase the annual dues to $55 because our expenses exceeded our income last year. The board would like to get 200 paid members (households) this year. (The neighborhood has about 400 homes.)

New president. Kim Riddle has agreed to serve as the next HFNA president! She will start in August.