The fourth annual Eastborough Block Party was held on Saturday, June 2nd. The event, open to all Eastborough residents, was a huge success with over 200 attendees. Children of all ages were entertained by Squire the clown's balloon making. Those DNA balloons were a big hit! Maybe you heard the bell as the trackless train took both kids and adults alike for a ¼ mile trek around the city. And of course, the kids had great fun climbing aboard Fire Station #9's fire truck. Special thanks to Hannah Friend and Tessa Madden for manning the face painting booth and providing all the materials. They did a super job! The adults were kept entertained with music by local bluegrass band, Shadow Creek. If you'd like to hear them again, get a copy of the Friday Night Java Jam schedule at Borders Books on North Rock. Smoke turkey, beef brisket and all the fixins were provided by caterer Marc Hammann. Thank you to all the families who provided cookies and other treats. Congratulations and thanks to all our sponsors for throwing another great party!
First, I'd like to let you know that we have a new Police Officer on our Police Department. Officer Gregory Wright joined us on May 7th. Greg comes to us from the Maize Police Department where he was a school resources officer. We feel he will prove to be an asset to our Police Department and to the community. As a side note, Greg has ties to Eastborough through his Grandmother, Mercedes Wright, who lives on Stratford. We welcome him to our staff.
Next, a note on the Sight Obstruction Ordinance that is forthcoming. The Council will review an amendment to the ordinance at the June 25 City Council Meeting. Upon final approval, all residents will receive in the mail a brochure from the City describing the requirements of the ordinance and a description of how sight obstructions will be determined. Once you've had a chance to review the brochure, please give me a call if you have any questions or concerns.
Yes folks, there are more dead trees in our community. We are in the process of asking the experts to review our community again this summer and determine which trees are dead from either pine wilt or Dutch Elm disease. We will immediately remove any trees on community property. We will be in touch with individual homeowners where diseased trees have been identified and ask them to remove them immediately also.
— Phil Ehrlich, Park Commissioner
The Beautification Committee decided last year to acknowledge one of the best looking lawns in our area for each season. Linda and Mike Boyd received the award for spring 2001. Drive by and see the sign in their yard or come see it up close at the Eastborough Adult Mixer scheduled for Thursday, June 28.
We would appreciate everyone's input for the next best looking lawn. Please call Donna Lowrance at 682-4775 with any recommendations for this award.
The Beautification Committee has been busy working with David Foster, landscape architect to embellish the common areas/islands throughout Eastborough. David is very familiar with Eastborough and has been involved in several other projects for Eastborough. David has developed a plan for additions to each of our twelve islands. His plan includes the addition of trees to each large island. His plan also calls for a new street sign with a stone base to be located in each island. He feels we should carry the stone from the new entrance monuments throughout the city. The plans will be submitted to the City Council for approval in June. The Committee recommends the appropriate funds be budgeted for the year 2002 to complete all island landscaping. By the way, have you noticed how beautiful the Stella de Oro daylilies are this year?
David's plan included three berms on different islands. Mike Caro, one of Eastborough's residents, has graciously agreed to dump the dirt needed for the base of three berms. Thanks Mike!
David also developed the landscape plan of the new entrance monuments at Triangle Park. Some of the old plantings have been cleared out and a grass berm will be placed over the raised bed. The Bermuda grass has been sprayed at the monuments and we are ready to plant as soon as the wrought iron fence is installed on the two entrance monuments.
In accordance with our agreement with the City of Eastborough, the City of Wichita plans to repave 2nd Street from Highland to Woodlawn, and Norfolk from Douglas to Park Hollow this fall. We anticipate the project will be completed by November.
The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is gathering artifacts for an exhibit of Wichita during the 1920's and 1930's. They would like to include some Eastborough memorabilia. If you have any items to make available to them, I'd be glad to take it to the museum with what I have. They will copy our artifacts and return the original. Please call if you have anything to share. Thank you!
— Susan Crockett, 684-0078
Corner of Lynnwood and Hampton
(rain: meet at City Hall)
Awards and refreshments after the Parade!
Parade participants may be on foot or decorated bikes, wagons, strollers, etc. However, no motorized vehicles will be allowed.
All Eastborough residents and their guests are welcome to participate.
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