Photo Gallery | Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association Wins Neighborhood of the Year
At Tuesday's City Council meeting it was announced that the Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association (EPNA) took first place for Neighborhood of the Year in the category for Physical Revitalization Beautification of a Single Neighborhood at the 2013 Neighborhoods USA 38th Annual Conference on Neighborhood Concerns in Minneapolis, MN.
There were over 50 applications from all across the United States submitted for this year’s award. The EPNA was a finalist and was named first place in their category and proud to be one of the top three that were nominated for “National Neighborhood of the Year.”
Elmwood Park is a residential neighborhood and historic district located in the center of Columbia, SC. Founded in the early 1900s; it was recognized as a Design Protection Area by the City of Columbia in 1984 and added to the National Register of Historic Places as Elmwood Park Historic District on May 3, 1991.
The Annual Historic Elmwood Park Tour of Homes & Gardens is hugely successful. It is in its 31st year, and it is the City of Columbia’s longest running tour. It is a catalyst for economic development. This one-day event has garnered from 400 to 1,000 attendees. Such popularity translates into tourism dollars. While the EPNA does request funding to help finance this yearly event, the tour itself generates income, and in one year as much as $25,000, which is returned to the community.
A portion of the proceeds from the tour is given to Logan Elementary School, while the rest is allocated to neighborhood enhancement projects, such as historic street lighting throughout the neighborhood, historic signage and enhancements to the neighborhood playground such as the new brick and wrought-iron fencing encircling it.
The Tour of Homes involves numerous partners, including Logan Elementary School, Park Street Baptist Church, artists and musicians on porches, businesses and residents who are sponsors and advertisers, residents who put their homes or gardens on tour, and the City of Columbia; all of whom are critical to the success of this EPNA activity.
For more information about the EPNA, please visit http://www.historicelmwoodpark.org/.