More than 300 people packed Fort Street UMC for the launch of Year of Boulevard 2014.

More than 300 people braved the frigid weather Monday night to pack Fort Street United Methodist Church for the 2014 launch of Year of Boulevard. The multi-year initiative’s goal is to improve public safety, quality of life, and access to opportunities for children, families, and seniors along the Boulevard corridor.

Dist. 2 City Councilman Kwanza Hall, who created Year of Boulevard, said the fact that so many residents and supporters turned out for the launch in the freezing cold “says a lot about the commitment of the people in this community.”

“It was amazing to see so many people there,” Hall said. “Just huge. But we’re not resting on our laurels; we’re moving forward.”

Some of those laurels including the opening of a new off-leash dog park at Renaissance Park, summer camps attended by more than 600 children from the Boulevard area, an adult summer camp for seniors, street clean-ups, entrepreneurship events for teens and much more.

Looking ahead, Hall said work will continue to get a new building for low-income seniors in the Bedford Pine complex along Boulevard, a new playground for Hope-Hill Elementary School, more clean-up days, summer camps and a new focus on “food security.”

“We’re looking at food education, workforce development and a farmers market to help people Food training, looking a workforce development, a farmers market and other ways to end hunger,” Hall said. “Food insecurity is one of the issues of poverty.”

For more information on the Year of Boulevard visit Facebook.com/District2Atlanta or on Twitter @District2ATL.

 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

2 replies on “2014 Year of Boulevard launch brings out crowd”

  1. Happy to see the progress in the area. I used to live in the 4th Ward on Boulevard Place, and work for Publix @ the Piedmont and North Avenue location. I will probably move back to the area once I move from Savannah. I had the opportunity to work with City Councilman Hall during one of his first neighborhood cleanups around 2006. I can truly say that Fort Street UMC and the Councilman are truly committed to the 4th Ward. There are a lot of good people in the area, and i look forward to contributing.

  2. Happy to see the progress in the area. I used to live in the 4th Ward on Boulevard Place, and work for Publix @ the Piedmont and North Avenue location. I will probably move back to the area once I move from Savannah. I had the opportunity to work with City Councilman Hall during one of his first neighborhood cleanups around 2006. I can truly say that Fort Street UMC and the Councilman are truly committed to the 4th Ward. There are a lot of good people in the area, and i look forward to contributing.

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