BPWNA Committees

 

There are several committees working to improve the quality of life of residents and experience of visitors to Benton Park West.  If you'd like to join a committee, please read more before.

Beautification

 

The Beautification Committee works in a number of ways to improve the appearance of the neighborhood. Projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Adopt-A-Planter flower-potting program 

  • Alley cleanups

  • Graffiti cleanup

  • Illegal dumping patrol

  • Mowing neglected yards

  • Planters along Gravois

  • Potting plants and trees

  • Trash cleanup

  • Verifying trash cans are emptied and not over-filled.

 

If you'd like to join the committee or learn more, please contact the Beautification Chair, Stephanie McKinney at 816-377-8212.

 

Block Link

 

The Block Link program serves as a connection point between the residents and the neighborhood association, as well as serving to connect neighbors on a block. Each Block Link Captain acts as a conduit of information coming from the neighborhood and City to the residents on that block. Similarly, the residents can collectively express their concerns to the Block Link Captain who takes that information to the association, other Block Link captains, aldermen or other City officials. The program also serves as a way of bringing residents on a block together for socializing and problem solving.

 

If you'd like to join a Block Link, become a Block Link captain, or learn more, please contact Chris Schmidt at 314-452-1931.

 

Communications

 

The Communications Committee keeps residents and stakeholders informed on happenings in and around Benton Park West.  This may include events, City services, home improvement tips, seasonal gardening tips, development and new businesses, and other important information.

 

Projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Event Flyers

  • Press Releases

  • The Porch Review (newsletter)

  • Social Media: Blog, Facebook, Nextdoor, Twitter, etc.

  • Website

  • Writing artcles for both the blog and Porch Review

 

To submit an article, notice, or press release, please send your materials to Bill Byrd or Scott McIntosh.

 

If you'd like to join the committee or learn more, please contact the Communications Chair, Bill Byrd at 314-602-0392.

Community Garden

 

Goals & Vision for the Gardens of Benton Park West:

  1. Neighbors meeting other neighbors regardless of position in life.

  2. Brightening up our neighborhood and providing a relaxing place for neighbors to picnic and enjoy nature.

 

Vegetable Gardens

Residents may request private beds within the gardens to grow the fruits, vegetables, or flowers of their choice.  They may also partner with others for group sharing.  The first Saturday of the month during Spring, Summer, and Fall is the official Garden Work Day, but feel free to volunteer or relax in the garden any time!

 

Two locations:

West Corner Community Garden: 3200 block of Minnesota

East Corner Community Garden: Arsenal at Jefferson

 

Flower Garden

Located at California and Wyoming, the Flower Garden is a cooperative effort between Gateway Greening and Benton Park West. This garden is strickly a flower garden. 

 

Projects include, but not limited to:

  • Weeding beds and mulching

  • Planting flowers and vegetables

  • Watering during hot weather

  • Mowing grass

  • General maintenance

 

If you would like to request a garden plot, co-garden with fellow residents, or join the commmittee, please contact Linda Hennigh at 314-378-2083.

 

*The Community Garden Chair position is currently vacant.  Please contact the President if you would be interested in filling this role.

 

Dog Park

 

Benton Park West is pleased to provide its residents and neighbors a dog park located at the corner of Utah and Nebraska. There are many activities that take place in the dog park and we encourage you to join the Facebook Group to see the latest activities or to invite other members for doggie playdates.

Projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Accepting membership applications

  • Annual renewal letters

  • Ensure maintenance is performed (contracted labor)

  • Member events and activities

 

If you'd like to join the committee or learn more, please contact the Dog Park Chair, Jeni Poole.

Facilities

 

BPWNA has many assets; not only an entire office, but also agreements with other organizations to provide meeting space.

 

Projects include, but not limited to:

  • Copier and supply maintenance 

  • Insurance: assets, liabilities, and events

  • Mail

  • Moving tables and chairs for monthly neighborhood meetings

  • Office phone

 

If you'd like to join the committee or learn more, please contact the Facilities Chair, Bill Byrd at 314-602-0392.

Finance & Fundraising

 

All of the wonderful things happening in BPWNA doesn't come free of charge. It is important to be a sustainable organization. Being sustainable means planning for income and to support the work of Benton Park West Neighborhood Association.

 

Projects include, but not limited to:

  • Budgeting

  • Managing operating expenses

  • Assisting with fundraising events such as Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo, Taste of St. Louis, etc.

  • BPW merchandise sales

  • Operating Expenses

 

If you'd like to join the committee or learn more, please contact BPWNA President as we're seeking a chair for this committee.

Housing

 

The primary objective of the Housing committee is to increase residents in BPW.  Working with potential home owners, mortgage lenders, realtors to promote available properties and financial incentives. Be sure to visit our Housing page to learn more.

 

Projects include, but not limited to:

  • Friday real estate blasts

  • House and/or Business Tour

  • Vacant property watch and board up

  • Benton Park West Housing Corporation (City review of CDA properties)

 

If you'd like to join the committee or learn more, please contact the Housing Chair, Scott McIntosh at 314-719-6507.

 

Membership

 

Without members an organization doesn't exist. The first thing you can do is to be a resident of BPW and the next step is to be a member of the Association. The last thing is to become involved and create the neighborhood YOU want to live in.

 

Projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Accepting membership applications

  • Annual renewal letters

  • Member Appreciation events and activities

  • Soliciting new members

 

If you'd like to join the committee or learn more, please contact Membership Chair, Charlene Young at 314-629-5525.

Quality of Life and Safety

 

Quality of Life or "QLS" is concerned with trash and trashcans, drug sales, guns, burned out streetlights, overgrown grass, quality housing for residents, new developments, and ensuring BPW is safe and comfortable.  Be sure to visit our Safety page as well.

 

Citizen's On Patrol (COP)

If you feel motivated to driving around 1-2 times a month looking for out streetlights, overflowing trash dumpsters, overgrown grass, and reporting any suspicious behavior, consider volunteering. For more information on COP visit the Third District Police Partnerships site or contact the Quality of Life and Safety Chair.

 

Projects include, but not limited to:

  • COP

  • National Night Out

  • Weed & Seed meetings

 

If you'd like to join the committee, participate in COP, or learn more, please contact the Quality of Life and Safety Chair, Carrie Sleep at 314-805-0152.

 

Youth Outreach

 

As the saying goes, "the children are our future". In Benton Park West, we know the significant role that youth can play in improving or damaging neighborhood efforts to stabilize, renew and succeed. The Youth Outreach Committee develops projects that specifically target the neighborhood youth and coordinates ways to include youth in regular neighborhood activities.  

 

Projects included, but are not limited to:

  • Easter Eggstravaganza

  • Movies in the Park

  • Trunk or Treat

 

If you'd like to join the committee or learn more, please contact Youth Outreach Chair, Darren Young.

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association (BPWNA) was incorporated in 1998 with the state of Missouri and the IRS to be a 501(c)3 organization. © 2014 by Benton Park West Neighborhood Association. All rights reserved. Webmaster at info@bentonparkwest.org.

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