The Ward Parkway Homes Association is a terrific neighborhood, and we hope you’re proud to call it home. We invite you to renew your annual membership in the neighborhood association by Oct. 1, 2016 (which is when our fiscal year starts) — or join for the first time if you are not currently a member.
The budget for operating your association for a year is approximately $24,000. This includes our private security patrol, beautification and maintenance of common areas, social events, newsletters and a website for communicating important information. Your neighbors on the WPHA Board of Directors work hard to be good stewards of those funds while keeping dues and fees at a minimum.
Our security patrol service was set up several years ago because residents wanted more of a public safety presence in the neighborhood. Not only do off-duty and former officers patrol our streets throughout the week, but if you’ve paid for the service, they will also keep an eye on your home when you are out of town. From February to June of this year alone, the patrol service did 145 vacation house checks. And after observant neighbors recently called 911 about separate incidents, the WPHA’s security patrol was able to arrest one individual for having stolen property from vehicles and another man for multiple charges after trespassing at a resident’s house.
The security patrol service costs $60 per year, or 16 cents a day. We encourage you to share the load for providing this safety benefit to our neighborhood. Help us continue to maintain some of the lowest crime rates in the city.
If you’d like to get more involved, there are many volunteer opportunities to choose from. You could even become a board member! We are always looking for new energy and fresh ideas.
On a personal note, after living in this neighborhood for 37 years and serving on the board for seven years as president, my wife and I will be moving to a retirement condo by the end of the year. It has been a pleasure to serve you, and rest assured that I leave the association in good hands.
Thank you for investing in our neighborhood. Hope to see you at some of our events this fall.
WPHA Board President
P.S. Many of you asked for an online membership payment option, and this year we’ve got one!