Betton Hills is bounded on the north by Woodgate and Huntington Drive, on the west by Thomasville Road, on the east by Centerville Road, and on the south by 7th Avenue. The neighborhood has evolved over time--first in the late 1940’s, 50’s and early 60’s with new streets added in the 70’s and 80’s as the City expanded to the north.
We are proud of our tree canopy in Betton Hills. The landscape in our neighborhood is characterized by mature oaks, long-leaf pines, southern magnolias, and a variety of other vegetation. We encourage homeowners in the neighborhood to maintain our urban forest by planting shade trees in your yards. We also advocate for "planting local", meaning sticking to native species. Several nursuries that specialize in natives and sustainable landscaping are located near Betton Hills, including Native Nurseries, Purple Martin Nurseries, Tallahassee Nurseries, and Espisitos.
Betton Hills is home to five public parks:
- Winthrop Park is a 13 acre park just south of Betton Road. The park includes baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, a large shaded playground, restrooms, several rose gardens, and plenty of open green space.
- Guyte B. McCord Park is a 19.4 acre passive nature park adjacent to Armistead Road. The park includes a paved path connecting Trescott to Armistead, several unpaved trails, a large pond, and a dog play area (unfenced). Each year, our neighbors gather on Arbor Day to plant trees and remove invasives. The park is also home to the Betton Hills Neighborhood Garden.
- Harriman Circle Park is an 8 acre preserve in the north side of Betton Hills. This small park contains a pond, native vegetation, and is home to migrating Canadian geese, ducks, and other local wildlife.
- Chittendon Park is a 1.5 acre park on Spruce Avenue. This small park contains rose gardens, benches, and quiet space.
- Betton Nature Center is a 6 acre park behind the SunTrust Bank and Ashford Club Apartments off Thomasville Road. The park contains trails that connect to McCord Park, interpretive signs, and a large fire pit.
Betton Hills Neighborhood Association
It is the mission of the Betton Hills Neighborhood Association to preserve the character of the existing neighborhood, protect its natural beauty, provide a forum for residents to express opinions and to develop and maintain relationships with local government so as to encourage sound planning and zoning and to improve public services, such as parks—Winthrop, McCord and Harriman—and infrastructure, drainage, transportation and public safety. It is important to note that the BHNA is a neighborhood association and not a homeowner’s association. The “covenants and restrictions” established in the 1940’s by Guy Winthrop lapsed in the 1980’s. The BHNA does not engage in code enforcement but instead refers complaints to the City.
The work of the Association is done by the Board of Directors, a core group of volunteers. While conducting many on-going activities, we are always poised to gear up and deal with any issue that may suddenly threaten to impact the neighborhood. For example, in the fall of 2005, the City was in the process of revising its Sign Code. Board Members attended City Workshops and addressed the City Commission voicing our disapproval of the large advertising billboards at the intersection of Betton and Thomasville Roads, the entrance to our neighborhood. That December, the City put a cap on the number of these billboards that may exist around town then went on to design incentives for sign companies that may reduce the number of billboards in the future.
Neighborhood of the Year
In 2004, the BHNA was awarded Neighborhood of the Year. This was largely due to the hundreds of volunteer hours put in by Board Members to make the Armistead Road Sidewalk a reality by coordinating the concerns of Armistead Road homeowners with the needs of the City’s Department of Streets and Drainage. Another major project was completed--overseeing the custom design, manufacture and installation of the five Betton Hills Markers.
Events and Gatherings
The BHNA sponsors many yearly events that we encourage all residents to join us for:
- An annual meeting in October in Winthrop Park,
- An Easter Egg Hunt in Chittendon Park,
- Arbor day at McCord Park,
- Neighborhood garage sales in the spring,
- Caroling in Harriman Circle each Christmas,
- and more!