Washington Park Residents Celebrate a Neighborhood Success!
Residents of three neighborhoods served by Commitment to Community (C2C) and members of the greater community gathered for a potluck in the Washington Park area on Sunday, July 22nd. The gathering marked the celebration of the success of a Washington Park group of residents that advocated for the installation of a much-needed stop sign at the intersection of 7th and Paine. The stop sign, wanted by neighbors for several years, became a reality after C2C Organizer Delia Gutierrez facilitated a neighborhood meeting between City engineer Doug Eaton and residents. Mr. Eaton came to the neighborhood to listen to the concerns of the residents and discuss traffic control issues. The collaborative effort resulted not only in a stop sign, but in the creation of relationships between neighborhood residents, and the City. The group was led by Washington Park resident Marta Venegas.
“Es importante que nos juntemos para celebrar nuestros exitos” (It’s important that we come together to celebrate our successes) Ms. Venegas said. “Nosotros tenemos el poder para mejorar nuestros vecindarios y nuestra comunidad” (We have the power to improve our neighborhoods and our community).
Approximately 41 residents of the three neighborhoods attended the potluck. Representatives of the Walla Walla Police Department, Parks Department, Walla Walla Community College and the Sherwood Trust also attended. The event was also an occasion for a reunion for several members of Congregation Beth Israel who last year worked together with residents on a Washington Park alley cleanup project.
Commitment to Community’s work is focused on building the capacity of neighborhoods to thrive by developing the capacity in people to reach their goals and dreams. C2C strives to strengthen social capital in neighborhoods while developing engagement opportunities for and with the greater community. C2C currently works in the Edith & Carrie, Blue Ridge, and Washington Park neighborhoods.