In 2022, the City of Fort Wayne's Community Development Division awarded a record number of neighborhood associations (39) with grant funds for quality-of-life improvement projects. Below is a brief summary of each: 

 

 

Aboite Lakes

Project: Sign Upgrade

Grant Amount: $5,000.00 

The Aboite Lakes Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to replace its neighborhood signs, which were over 30 years old and degraded by wood rot. This improvement grant allowed the signs to be fully replaced, including a new landscape to improve the overall appearance of the neighborhood's primary entrance. 

 

 

Barrington Lake Estates   

Project: Public Space Improvements

Grant Amount: $4,526.30 

The Barrington Lake Estates Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to make several improvements to the neighborhood's public space, which included a bench, concrete pad, landscaping, and repairing their much-loved but long-broken fountain mechanism. The project included several pieces where neighbors worked together to physically complete the project. 

 

Bellshire                       

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $4,995.00 

The Bellshire Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to improve the existing 101 mailboxes throughout the neighborhood. Several of the prior boxes, and the posts on which they were located, had inconsistent numbering and were beginning to fall apart. The new boxes not only provide a crucial utility to the neighborhood residents but enhance the curb appeal on the neighborhood streets. 

 

Bloomingdale                    

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $4,106.51 

The Bloomingdale Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to continue activating and beautifying the Wells Street Corridor which runs through the heart of the neighborhood. This grant was one piece of several projects that worked collaboratively in their efforts. In 2022, The Bloomingdale Neighborhood Association was a recipient of the national AARP Community Challenge Grant. 

 

 

 

Bluewater Estates             

Project: Neighborhood Safety

Grant Amount: $3,501.72 

The Bluewater Estates Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to increase safety by posting prominent street signs so people could easily navigate their way through the neighborhood. Additional signs were placed to notify the public of police patrol and no soliciting in an effort to discourage people from cutting through the neighborhood, or soliciting unwanted business.

 

Brickshire             

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $4,720.00

The Brickshire Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to plant native trees to create a sound barrier, privacy screen, and a cooling effect for the homes near the primary thoroughfare.

 

Burning Tree             

Project: Public Space Improvements

Grant Amount: $5,000.00 

The Burning Tree Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to create resident resting areas off of their walking paths and by the neighborhood water feature. This included pouring new concrete pads and adding benches in several prominent locations. The neighborhood hopes these resting areas will help, by providing residents with areas to stop, enjoy the view and socialize.

 

Chandlers Landing            

Project: Neighborhood Safety

Grant Amount: $2,179.00 

The Chandlers Landing Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to switch existing lighting fixtures to environmentally friendly LED fixtures for both the entrance sign and lighting around the neighborhood pond. 

 

Courts of Woodhurst        

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $5,000.00

The Courts of Woodhurst Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to provide new landscaping to lower annual maintenance costs and add more visually appealing items to ensure the neighborhood entrance and public space remained attractive.

 

Covington Chase             

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $5,000.00 

The Covington Chase Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to rebuild the perimeter sound wall composed of trees, remove invasive non-native trees, treat the area to prevent future invasive species, and provide new landscaping. 

 

Covington Pines           

Project: Sign Upgrade

Grant Amount: $5,000.00 

The Covington Pines Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to add a substantial illuminated sign at the entrance, allowing people to find the neighborhood more easily while raising their sense of pride. 

 

Covington Reserve           

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $4,985.00

The Covington Reserve Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to update its primary entrance. Initially, the grant was dedicated to improving landscaping, however, with the summer storms, several overgrown shrubs, downed trees, and dead vegetation required that the neighborhood adjust its plans. Landscaping enhancements helped remove the scar from the summer storms, improving a sense of pride in the neighborhood. 

 

Fall Creek           

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $4,200.00

The Fall Creek Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to make much-needed improvements to their community pond. The association replaced and restored pond riprap to prevent further erosion, stop muskrat infestation and damage, and improve the overall habitat for fish. The project also added to the appearance and drainage capabilities of the water feature. 

 

 

 

Falls of Beaver Creek        

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $5,000.00

The Falls of Beaver Creek Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to assist in replacing the faux rock background at the entrance which had begun to crumble with age. The project was significantly more expensive than the grant amount provided, however they used the funds to leverage additional resources to complete the project.  

 

Foxchase Condominium  

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $2,008.21

The Foxchase Condominium Association used its grant funds to create a shady, colorful, and nicely landscaped rest area by the new North Clinton sidewalk. The trees were selected to add new fall colors to the current tree canopy and enhance the neighborhood entrance.  

 

Glens of Liberty Mills        

Project: Sign Upgrade

Grant Amount: $5,000.00

The Glens of Liberty Mills Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to upgrade its existing sign at the primary neighborhood entrance to lower maintenance costs while improving the overall aesthetic by creating a more prominent sign. The neighborhood selected this sign by soliciting input from neighborhood association residents. 

 

Hamlets West        

Project: Public Space Improvements

Grant Amount: $5,000.00

The Hamlets West Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to fund the removal of invasive plants and install new native plants to beautify and restore both the pond and recreation area. 

 

Hearthstone Village        

Project: Public Space Improvements

Grant Amount: $4,000.00

The Hearthstone Village Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to improve and replace existing neighborhood benches with durable and low-maintenance alternatives in an effort to improve public space and complement their neighborhood walking paths.  

 

Historic Southwood Park       

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $3,712.00

The Historic Southwood Park Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to transform a neighborhood park strip into a delightful spot where residents can spend time, taking in the fresh air and enjoying the beautiful shade. The project not only added park benches, but a concrete pad and four redbud trees to complement the existing tree canopy. 

 

Illsley Place        

Project: Sign Upgrade

Grant Amount: $4,923.00

The Illsley Place Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to assist in adding plaques to their entrance pillars in anticipation of the neighborhood's centennial celebration in 2023. In addition to the historic plaques, the neighborhood added several street light banners on both sides of Illsley Place in three designs to celebrate the neighborhood's seasons and iconic branding. 

 

Imperial Swathmore        

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $4,145.00

The Imperial Swathmore Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to complete the final phase of entrance revitalization and landscaping from Stellhorn into the Imperial Gardens neighborhood. The neighborhood power-washed its entrance brickwork and added simplified landscaping for the project. 

 

La Cabreah        

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $5,000.00

The La Cabreah Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to beautify the neighborhood entrance from Dupont Road, adding flowers, trees, and other landscaping amenities.  

 

LaRez        

Project: Sign Upgrade

Grant Amount: $2,940.00

The LaRez Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to create a sense of place for the neighborhood by installing 10 neighborhood signs throughout the area. Signs are designed and printed at a local business and proudly state "We Love LaRez Neighborhood."  

 

Laurel Ridge        

Project: Public Space Improvements

Grant Amount: $3,416.51

The Laurel Ridge Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to encourage additional usage of the neighborhood common area with a few public space improvements. Projects included the addition of a buddy bench and two picnic tables to add to their recent investment in new playground equipment.

 

 

 

Ludwig Park        

Project: Sign Upgrade

Grant Amount: $5,000.00

The Ludwig Park Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to improve the primary entrance to the neighborhood with the installation of a new higher quality sign. They plan to invest further in landscaping the sign area with new landscaping in the next several years. 

 

 

 

Maplewood        

Project: Sign Upgrade

Grant Amount: $5,000.00

The Maplewood Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to improve communication between the association and its residents with the installation of several message boards. Each is situated facing the neighborhood at primary entrances to help communicate meetings and events.

 

 

 

Millstone        

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $3,712.50

The Millstone Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to to add fruit trees throughout the neighborhood common areas in an effort to promote beauty and sustainability. 

 

 

 

Oak Glen        

Project: Public Space Improvements

Grant Amount: $5,000.00

The Oak Glen Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to assist in continued improvements of its common area with the addition of new seating spaces. The goal is to promote activity and allow residents to build relationships by using public spaces for meetings and meals. 

 

 

 

Pine Valley        

Project: Public Space Improvements

Grant Amount: $5,000.00

The Pine Valley Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to continue its multi-year, multi-phase project of taking two existing tennis courts and converting them into a nature preserve in an effort to improve drainage issues and add beauty to the neighborhood. The grant allowed the neighborhood to plant a mulch path throughout the area. 

 

 

 

Poplar        

Project: Community Garden

Grant Amount: $3,341.41

The Poplar Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to develop additional community garden space as they currently own nearly three acres and give away produce to both nearby neighbors and St. Patrick's Food Bank. Funds were used to invest in raised garden beds and a keyhole garden kit. 

 

 

 

River Bend Woods        

Project: Public Space Improvements

Grant Amount: $4,535.32

The River Bend Woods Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to rehabilitate two public access paths that allow residents to access the common areas. Both paths were poorly distinguished, so the neighborhood used the funds to make the paths more visible to increase neighbor usage of the common areas and enjoyment of the outdoors. 

 

 

 

Shores of Oak Borough       

Project: Public Space Improvements

Grant Amount: $3,500.00

The Shores of Oak Borough Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to develop a new resting spot overlooking two ponds in the common area. The grant fulfilled the neighborhood's request and added significant landscaping to accentuate the area. 

 

 

 

The Hollows        

Project: Public Space Improvements

Grant Amount: $2,440.00

The Hollows Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to design and build new benches to make the area more hospitable to people spending time in the common area. 

 

 

 

Village of Buckingham        

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $2,645.00

The Village of Buckingham Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to stabilize the erosion on the pond through the addition of riprap and replacing a weathered resting bench along the pond common area. The neighbors added to this improvement by trimming back overgrown brush and weeds, restoring the natural beauty of the pond. 

 

 

 

Villas of Rock Creek        

Project: Landscaping & Curb Appeal

Grant Amount: $5,000.00

The Villas of Rock Creek Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to remove dying trees and invasive tree species, replacing them with much-needed new entrance landscaping. The project improved the appearance of the neighborhood to visitors and those passing by and improved neighborhood pride. 

 

 

 

Wedgewood Place  

Project: Public Space Improvements

Grant Amount: $4,535.32

The Wedgewood Place Neighborhood Association used its grant funds to re-stain the playground equipment, allowing the neighborhood to expand the useful life for their association's children and the surrounding association's children who use the space to play. For the project, neighbors came together to do their own staining of the equipment. In addition to playground improvements, the association knew that many people from surrounding neighborhoods use the new sidewalks that pass the entrance, so they included the addition of a new bench and rest area.