PCO Garden Planning Meeting 3/2/13 @ 2:00pm.

It’s time to start planning for the 2013 garden season. Our first planning meeting will be Saturday, March 2, 2pm at the garden. We will briefly discuss the history of the garden and how it has operated in the past, set up a communication plan, and organize our first work day. If you are no longer interested in the garden please respond and you will be taken off the contact list. If you plan to be active in planning, gardening, general maintenance, learning or teaching specific skills, etc let us know that, too, so that we may plan accordingly.

For those attending the planning session please thoughtfully consider the following points:

* How would you like to see the garden structured for the upcoming season? Should we continuing plot rental or try gardening communally? Should we have a method of produce distribution? How will we plan for on going maintenance of the common areas and plots?

* Take a moment to stop by the garden and note issues that need addressed. So far our ‘to do’ list includes but is not limited to: replacing and rebuilding all of the plot frames, repairing the fence and gates, serious structural attention to the shed, the possibility of building a new water system, collection of materials (wood pallets, barrels, compost materials, leaf mold, manure, etc.), inventory of the tools, replacement of missing and damaged tools, mapping the garden and master plan…..

* The above list will help us prioritize our first work party tentatively scheduled for March 16/17. Therefore, what issues do you find most pressing?

* What would you like to see happen to promote the garden? We usually have an opening celebration. How should that take place? Seed swap? Communal planting in the common areas? Pot luck? It is usually also a gentle work party.

* What topics or skills would you like to have showcased in workshops or workdays throughout the season? Are you or someone you know a master gardener that is absolutely dying to share their skills with us??
Please submit your thoughts even if you are unable to attend the planning meeting as all input is greatly needed and appreciated.

Contact info: parkridge.community.garden@gmail.com.
Thanks in advance! We look forward to having a successful season!

PCO Meeting – March 5th @ 6pm

The Parkridge Community Organization meeting will take place at the PCO House Tuesday, March 5th @ 6:30 p.m.

2361 East Fifth
Knoxville, TN 37914

This will not be a potluck meeting due to the non-functioning kitchen and bathroom.

We look forward to seeing you there!

City Sponsors 2013 Neighborhood Conference on March 23

Below is information pertaining to the City sponsored Neighborhood Conference. The PCO Board has suggested that you communicate with the Board as well as your other neighbors so not everyone attends the same workshop. This way we can cover as much material as possible. Please contact the board with questions. As we solidify workshop attendees, information will be posted on the website, the list-serve, and the Facebook page. 

February 8, 2013 – The City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhoods is sponsoring its first-ever Neighborhood Conference for Knoxville and Knox County residents on March 23, 2013, at the Knoxville Convention Center. With the theme of “Connecting Neighborhoods, Building Community,” the day-long conference will offer more than 30 workshops on issues including codes enforcement, crime prevention and neighborhood organizing. Registration, admission and parking for the conference are free.

“We have a great slate of panelists to talk about everything from zoning to greenways. This is a real opportunity for people in local neighborhood organizations, or people who would like to start a neighborhood organization, to learn more about how to effectively advocate for the things that matter most to them,” said David Massey, Coordinator of the Office of Neighborhoods.

The conference will run from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., including a free continental breakfast and box lunch. There will be three sessions of 75-minute workshops, in 12 different categories. There will also be more than 20 information booths from local governmental agencies and nonprofit groups. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from and meet City and County senior staff as well as members of City Council and County Commission.

For a complete schedule, see the conference web page at http://www.cityofknoxville.org/development/neighborhoods/conference. Online registration is available at http://www.cityofknoxville.org/2013conference.

Anyone needing a disability accommodation in order to attend the conference can contact City ADA Coordinator Stephanie Brewer Cook at 865-215-2034 or scook@cityofknoxville.org.

Original Source: http://www.cityofknoxville.org/Press_Releases/Content/2013/0208.asp

Working Groups and/or Committees

Hello Neighbors! Below is a list of the working groups and/or committees that were discussed at last night’s meeting. If you were unable to attend the meeting, but would like to serve on a committee, please let us know. Additional information will be posted soon as committees are finalized.

PCO Working Groups or Committees

*The PCO board of directors has fiduciary and legal responsibility for the PCO house and finances, so those functions will be the realm of the board.

  • Membership/outreach/neighbors/people:  responsibilities may include events, block captains, diversity, community directory, kid’s programs, etc.
    • Travetta Johnson
    • Communications: responsibilities may include all channels of communications, message management, branding, etc.
      • Anna Chappelle
      • Blight
      • PCO garden
      • Call/political action group
      • Crime/police action
      • Historic overlay/ City Codes, etc
        • Cynthia Stancil, Calvin Cassady
        • Neighborhood beautification
        • Special projects
          • Marathon Cleanup
            • Calvin Cassady
  • Marathon Caswell Park Water Stop (April 7)
    • Susan  Koelzer
  • Mural project
    • Lynne Sullivan, Calvin Chappelle, Travetta Johnson, Susan Koelzer, Bobby Braly, Angela Majors, Barbara Graham, David Nix, Tanner Jessel, Jerry Caldwell
  • Outreach party
  • Home tours
  • Sidewalk repair
    • Jerry Caldwell
  • Greenway progress
    • Tanner Jessel

Jack Neely blogs about the Parkridge Mural Project

The Daily Pulse:

Calling All Muralists

  • By Jack Neely
  • Posted January 31, 2013 2:40 PM

Anyone who’s visited the hippest cities lately might gather that Knoxville suffers a significant mural deficit. Murals can go a long way in sprucing up a neglected corner of town.

An East Knoxville neighborhood–Parkridge, specifically, is leading this charge–means to do its part by making an interstate underpass, the one at 6th Avenue near Washington and Glenwood Avenues, more interesting.

Calvin Chapelle, director of the east-side landmark known as the Mabry-Hazen House, says the neighborhood had gotten a small grant from the city to paint a mural on columns beneath the 6th Ave. underpass, which is described as “an ugly, unfriendly, and littered place that attracts graffiti and illegal trash dumping.”

The cash prize for best design is $1,000. They’re calling for proposals from the public at large, regardless of experience in art; the main criteria is that it should reflect on the neighborhood’s history in some way.

That leaves a lot of leeway, because the neighborhood has been nearly everything. Baseball, textile mills, floods, fairgrounds, tamale factories, electric streetcars, bootleggers, lumber yards, jazz singers, slaughterhouses, Victorian houses, name something and chances are it has East Knoxville associations. They do recommend you do some research.

They also suggest you have a look at the spot. The canvas in question is comprised of four concrete columns, 22 feet tall, about 12 feet wide. Submissions should be made on a 36-inch by 24-inch format on canvas, paper, or art board.

The deadline is Feb. 15. Some juries will look at the entries, the public will vote, and if all goes well, the mural will be installed in April and May of this year.

The execution of the mural would be a community project: the winning artist is encouraged, but not necessarily required, to participate.

For more, see the Community Design Center’s website, at http://www.communitydc.org/

Original blog found at: http://blogs.metropulse.com/the_daily_pulse/2013/01/calling-all-muralists.html

Parkridge Mural Fundraiser @ Saw Works Brewing Company


708 East Depot Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

Saw Works Brewing Company has graciously agreed to host a fundraiser for the Parkridge Mural Project!

On Friday, February 15th from 6pm – 8pm, every pint purchased will raise $1 towards the project. Pints are just $3 and you will be supporting a great project and a local business at the same time! More information on Saw Works Brewing Company can be found here: http://sawworksbrewing.com

More information about the Parkridge Mural project can be found here: http://parkridgecommunity.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/parkridge-mural-project/

Tell your friends and neighbors and join us on the 15th to support this community effort. We hope to see you there!

Parkridge Community Organization – February 5th Meeting

Dear Parkridge Friends,

Join us tomorrow for the first PCO meeting with the new Board of Directors!

Topics to be discussed will include what’s new for the PCO in 2013.
We will discuss committees and Parkridge needs you! Please consider joining us this year as we focus on membership & outreach, communications/public relations, events/fundraising, crime issues, and special projects. Just to name a few!

Committee sign up sheets will be available. Please thoughtfully consider what skills you would like to share to improve our wonderful community!

What: Parkridge Community Organization Meeting

Where: 5th Avenue Baptist Church

When: Tuesday, February 5th @ 6:30pm

We look forward to meeting you and working with you to improve Parkridge!

Best Regards,

Anna Chappelle
PCO Board Member

Parkridge Mural Project


Call for Artists –2013 Parkridge Mural Design Contest – $1,000 Cash Prize – Applications Due Feb 15th, 2013.

Residents of Parkridge, working with the Community Design Center and in conjunction with the City of Knoxville, are currently seeking artist submissions for a mural project in the Parkridge Neighborhood.  This project is made possible by a recently awarded Parks & Recreation Challenge Grant. The purpose of the project is to beautify and enhance the First Creek Greenway by installing public art, a painted mural, in the I-40 Underpass between Washington and Glenwood Avenues. The 6th Avenue underpass is currently an ugly, unfriendly, and littered place that attracts graffiti and illegal trash dumping. It is a classic example of urban blight. The mural project will be a community-based project carried out by volunteers in the Parkridge and adjacent neighborhoods, and in conjunction with the local arts community. Local youth and volunteers will assist with the mural installation.  It is the hope that the winning artist will assist with the mural project during the installation phase if possible.

The mural site consists of both sides of the I-40 Underpass located on Sixth Avenue between Washington Avenue and E. Glenwood Avenue. The 6th Avenue underpass has four large panels with adjacent  “Columns” that are ready “canvases” for the mural (see below). The panels are in sets on either side of 6th Avenue. Each panel is approximately 22 feet in height. Panel widths vary slightly, but are between 11.5 and 13.5 feet. The accompanying columns are approximately 2 feet in width/diameter. The decision to include the columns as part of the mural would be a design decision by the artists who choose to enter the design competition. It is recommended that applicants visit the site in order to gain better understanding of the space.

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