Mapping the South Park neighborhood assets is sort of like counting your blessings. That’s what Matthew Nugent and Genevieve Richards, enrolled in the Neighborhood Leadership Institute, discovered when they attended a workshop at The City of Dayton’s Southeast Priority Board, a neighborhood advocacy agency, along with other Dayton community leaders.
The exercise led by urban planner John Gower who encouraged participants to consider the physical benefits of their area, so they can better appreciate and promote the treasures in their own back yard. Matthew and Genevieve came away with an impressive list for South Park.
Wonderful neighbors are an asset, including the University of Dayton and the Miami Valley Hospital. Walkable business districts offer convenience and fun, like Brown Street cafes, Wayne Avenue shops and the Oregon District dining and music.
Investment partners that work with the neighborhood on renewal projects include Full Circle and The Home Group. One great asset is the location, minutes away from 35W, I75, 20 minutes to the airport, and Wright Patterson Airforce Base.
When you don’t want your car, there are buses, bicycle routes, a pedestrian bridge over the highway, six parks, playground equipment, schools and daycare, and arts classes and community meeting space in Hope Lutheran Church.
Armed with this list, it’s easier for South Park to share its advantages with the increasing number of people who are looking for the kind of lifestyle it offers. Thank you, Matthew and Genevieve.