by Philip Laster
As a member of the Coalition for Livable Communities, I want to share with you a story of Memphis citizens committed to action, large and small, to improve the community by improving the environment of our neighborhood.
The Sea Isle Neighborhood Association is fortunate to have a substantial size park as a physical centerpiece to our community that's accessible, and open to other near by communities. The park has a baseball field, soccer field, playground equipment and one mile walking track that encircles the park.
With a strong desire to add to this valuable community asset, the Sea Isle Neighborhood Association designed a vision for making the park a national arboretum, with great appreciation to the inspiration of Pat and Burt Merrill for making this happen.
A key attribute for creating a livable community is to have a defined vision for your community. Every neighborhood association should take the time and effort to document what they have and want for their community. This effort enables an inheritance of the vision from current generations to future generations "living in the community".
The attached photo is a living example of the current generation taking from the leadership of the vision of creating a beautiful park and making it better for future generations. The key to this was having active volunteers made up of the Sea Isle neighborhood citizens, other concerned citizens from neighboring communities and local businesses willing to donate time and materials to make it happen with tremendous support from the Memphis Park Commission.
Please share this as an example of positive intent and action as we plan to do more for our community.
And thank you for taking the leadership to inspire others to do more by sharing this story with our fellow community leaders and volunteers.