Celebrate Christmas in Rhoton Park with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The City of Carrollton will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, December 9 to recognize the improvements made to Rhoton Park benefitting not just the surrounding neighborhood, but the entire community.
The partnership between the Rhoton Park Neighbors – the local neighborhood association – and the City’s Community Development Office began in early 2012 with a goal of identifying priorities for park improvements. The collaboration has paved the way for residents to enjoy a brand new park pavilion and eventually new sidewalks throughout the park. The original pavilion, built in the 1980s, was deteriorating and needed to be reconstructed. The 2017 structure is larger and features upgrades such as new picnic tables and trash receptacles.
“Rhoton Park and the pavilion have always been heavily used throughout the year, especially the weekends, so it’s pretty exciting that the City has provided a much larger and nicer pavilion for everyone to enjoy,” said Parks Manager Bobby Brady.
The City is reviewing bids for the upcoming sidewalk replacement project and will begin construction pending Council approval. The final product should be finished by spring 2018.
Brady, who has worked in Carrollton’s Parks and Recreation Department for 36 years and oversaw the project, said the incoming sidewalks and amenities will be a major improvement to the area as well. Many sections of the old sidewalk have shifted and broken over the years; the new concrete will be much safer for walkers and joggers. Additionally, the area will see replacement park benches, drinking fountains, and trash/recycling receptacles after the sidewalk has been completed.
“The Rhoton Park Neighbors’ mission is to bring residents together to create a safe and caring neighborhood community,” association President BJ Cadwalader said. “The partnership with the City of Carrollton and the revitalization of Rhoton Park is doing just that. Many neighbors have commented on the great improvements to the park and believe Rhoton Park might just be the best park in Carrollton. No, we're not biased in the least little bit.”
The ceremony will be held at Rhoton Park (2200 Ridgedale Drive) under the pavilion from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 9. In addition to the pavilion dedication, guests will get a chance to meet City staff and hear from Councilmembers. There will be hot chocolate and cookies, holiday arts and crafts, caroling and story time, a visit from Santa Claus, and a riding toy train. In the spirit of the giving season, event attendees are being asked to bring a book for donation to the Little Free Library in the Park. Members of the Carrollton Police Department and Carrollton Fire Rescue will also be on hand to visit with residents.
“Come out, join the fun, and meet your neighbors,” Cadwalader said.
The Rhoton Park pavilion and sidewalk projects are funded with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money. CDBG is a federal program that helps fund activities and spaces designed to assist low- to moderate-income residents.
The improvements to Rhoton Park are the final stages of the N.O.T.I.C.E. (Neighborhood-Oriented Targeted Infrastructure & Code Enforcement) Project in the area. The goal of N.O.T.I.C.E. is to foster a greater sense of neighborhood pride and promote the emergence of healthier, sustainable neighborhoods.
The N.O.T.I.C.E initiative targets a specific neighborhood for comprehensive infrastructure repair and replacement in a concentrated and coordinated manner. At the same time a concerted code enforcement effort is initiated in the neighborhood. The program allocates public funding to improve the neighborhood infrastructure while property owners are held accountable to maintain or bring their property into compliance with City codes. The code sweep also identifies properties eligible for housing rehabilitation grants offered through the City of Carrollton. Finally, the program works with local neighborhood leaders on creating stronger social networks and beautifying the area.
For more information on Carrollton’s Community Development Office and programs like N.O.T.I.C.E. and CDBG, visit cityofcarrollton.com/comdevelopment.