FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 20

The newly improved Sims Park rests on the banks of the picturesque Pithlachascotee River in downtown New Port Richey. through Park Improvements By Elaine Smith, Director, New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Just four years ago, the city of New Port Richey was showing signs of decline. A once vital downtown was becoming quiet. The nearby park, Sims Park, became a favorite destination for the less desirable. It's a familiar and natural progression: when families don't feel safe in your park, they stop going, and when they stop going, the criminal element take hold. During this downward spiral, the number of city residents dropped from 19,000 to below 15,000. Our city's parks and recreation department was a leading resource to effect change. A park improvement project on Sims Park encouraged a healthy turnaround. Built along the Pithlachascotee River in the heart of downtown, the park's recent redevelopment made a dramatic, positive impact on our overall economic development and aided the rebirth of our city. In fact, once the Sims Park Improvement Project began, the occupancy rate of our downtown businesses improved by 20 percent. According to our economic development director, 10 new businesses decided to relocate to downtown as a result of park upgrades and improvements. We expect these park improvements to continue to be a primary contributor to advancing economic development of the Main Street businesses and residences. The purchase of homes in our city is on the rise; and high-end developments are moving forward, including upscale housing projects as a direct result of the Sims Park Improvement Project. Numerous efforts are still being made by multiple departments: * A Home Improvement Reimbursement Grant program created by the Development Department promotes "street friendly" housing by encouraging Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey shows signs of vitality in the downtown. 20 homeowners to include porches, windows and doors that are oriented to the street. The program promotes a sense of community by encouraging residents to spend time in their yards and on front porches. * A Community Gardening Ordinance was approved to provide access to fresh produce and plants. The ordinance also creates a means for neighborhood improvements, a sense of community and a connection to the environment. * The Police Department focuses on positive community contact by having On the south side of the Main Street Bridge, just a short walk across the bridge from Sims Park, is Main Street Landings. Currently under construction, once completed it will offer upscale housing on the upper floors and shops on the street level. View past issues of FRPA Journal at www.naylornetwork.com/frp-nxt/ http://www.naylornetwork.com/frp-nxt/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of FRPA Journal - Fall 2016

A Message from the President of FRPA
A Message from the Executive Director of FRPA
Parks and Recreation: What is the Real Value in What We Do?
FRPA Agency Profile
Book Review
Economic Impact of the Underline
Urban Forest Management – The City of Tampa’s Story
The Importance of Structural Pruning of Hardwood Trees
A City’s Rebirth through Park Improvements
“Thank You for My New Bicycle”
Florida’s Emerging Trail Towns
New Urbanism… What’s It All About?
Index of Advertisers
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A Message from the President of FRPA
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A Message from the Executive Director of FRPA
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Parks and Recreation: What is the Real Value in What We Do?
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - FRPA Agency Profile
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Book Review
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Economic Impact of the Underline
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Urban Forest Management – The City of Tampa’s Story
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - The Importance of Structural Pruning of Hardwood Trees
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - A City’s Rebirth through Park Improvements
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - 21
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - “Thank You for My New Bicycle”
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FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Florida’s Emerging Trail Towns
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - New Urbanism… What’s It All About?
FRPA Journal - Fall 2016 - Index of Advertisers
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