Some are old: they’ve been in place as far back as anyone can remember. Some are new: neighbors launched the South Allen Neighborhood Association three years ago. Some are huge: the Linda Vista/Annandale Association boasts 1,500 members. And some have room to grow: the Brookmere Association has 18 devoted volunteers.
But Pasadena’s 86 active neighborhood associations have one thing in common: they’ve all thrived with help from the city’s Neighborhood Connections office.
A division of the Human Services and Recreation Department, the novel operation was launched in 1987 to help Pasadena residents work with elected officials, city staff and non-profit groups to solve problems and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Public safety remains a top priority, but neighbors have also banded together to clean up, plant gardens, host block parties, lobby for historic status and much more.
Through it all, Neighborhood Connections has provided tools, resources and advice, mobilizing volunteers, training neighborhood activists in communications and nuisance abatement, and graduating more than 200 residents from its leadership program.
With a move to Jackie Robinson Center this summer from its previous office on Walnut Avenue, Neighborhood Connections can now more directly link residents with consumer assistance, legal counseling, senior advocates, recreation and educational programs and more.
Find out how to join or start a neighborhood group by stopping by the office at 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and alternate Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also call 744-7290 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo (above): Neighborhood Association members march
in Madison Heights’ 10th annual parade.