Join us at the McCollum Center at Lafayatte Park on Monday, August 20, at 6:30 to talk trees. Our tree canopy depends on you! Tallahassee Urban Forester Melinda Mohrman will be leading the session.
You may have noticed the bat house located in the field on the Armistead Rd. side of McCord Park. This structure, and the Little Library in the park, were constructed as part of James Ford’s Eagle Scout Project for Betton Hills in 2016. Guess what . . . it has bats!
The electrical power generation station being constructed on Medical Drive will be conducting some pre-operational systems checks. What does that mean for Betton Hills neighbors? Find out!
If you’ve been on Betton Road the last few weeks, you’ve noticed the orange barricades on the sidewalks . . . and backed up traffic on the road during off-peak daytime hours. The City of Tallahassee’s Underground Utilities and Public Infrastructure crews have been hard at work replacing cracked sidewalk sections and milling down uneven joints.
Last April, the BHNA sponsored a variety of events to reflect on living on our increasing threatened and fragile Earth . . . and to celebrate new Earth-friendly ways of living. The City of Tallahassee had encouraged neighborhoods to do these events rather than it conducting a city-wide event. Neighborhoods reported their activities to the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhoods Affairs Department. There would be a prize for the most impactful neighborhood effort. We won!
We didn’t need a survey to find out that the Food Truck Night at McCord Park in April was a big success. However, we did want to find out more from neighbors to plan for future food truck nights. The results are in. Check them out!
When I was a young whippersnapper, a favorite summer activity was getting with a few buddies, digging up some worms, making off with a few slices of Wonder bread from our moms, and heading for our town’s City Park lily pond to do some fishing. We’d mainly catch bluegills, but also, occasionally, the dreaded catfish or the prized bass. It was pretty much a catch and release operation, but a lot of fun seeing who could catch the most fish, or the biggest, or teasing the chump who let a big one get away.
With summer coming on, the BHNA is doing its part to continue these summer traditions and boost the health of our neighborhood ponds.
What is the effect of scrunching eight tall, skinny houses where two, small single-story bungalows stand? Recently, the BHNA joined with Levy Park and a number of other in-town neighborhoods to claim that the effect is a significant detriment to neighborhood character and vibrancy.
The question came up in a variance request to reduce the required distance between the proposed houses on Green St. in Levy Park neighborhood. The Board of Adjustments and Appeals denied the request following a well-structured presentation on neighborhood impacts by concerned residents. Also, the applicants did not convince the board of any inherent evidence of practical difficulties or financial hardships that necessitated the variance.
The City of Tallahassee is closely monitoring the changing weather conditions in the Gulf of Mexico. The largest threat to our area is heavy rainfall, which could cause localized flooding. To assist citizens with preparing for heavy rainfall and potential flooding, the following Betton Hills sandbag location will be open on Friday, May 25:
- Winthrop Park 1601 Mitchell Avenue
There will be gunshot-sounding noises this week coming from the substation construction project at TMH. Here's the notice we received: