Volunteers and Money Make It Happen
Many volunteers and supporters, with the help and guidance of the board of the Hillsboro / West
End Neighborhood Association, bring to life these projects that truly affect our quality of life.
✓ Holiday Lights Carriage Tours, HWEN's only fundraiser, with proceeds invested directly into the neighborhood.
✓ Conservation Zoning to preserve our historic character. Our volunteers gave neighbors the opportunity to vote on establishing, and later expanding, the protective overlay. The last survey showed that 85% were in favor of the expansion of Conservation Zoning to more nearby streets.
✓ Annual Dragon Parade with live music and a huge dragon, followed by families and kids, all headed to the Dragon Park or Elmington Park for free ice cream
✓ Dragon Music Sundays in early summer are free concerts featuring well-known musicians (many are neighbors), and it's family friendly
✓ Annual Tree Sale at wholesale prices (plus transportation) and garden edibles too. This sale has resulted in more than a thousand trees planted on private and public property in HWEN.
✓ A water fountain for people and dogs, trees, tree planting, tree watering, and other support for the Dragon Park, aka Fannie Mae Dees Park
✓ Neighborhood communication: HWEN quarterly newsletter delivered door-to-door by volunteers, community meetings, listserv, Facebook page, www.hwen.org website
✓ Annual Plant Swap
✓ Forums for election candidates
✓ Sidewalks, bike paths, broadband networks, storm water, residential and commercial development, parking, Nashville Next, and rezoning schools affect our daily life. With the support of our councilperson Burkley Allen, HWEN volunteers work to build and maintain good relationships among neighbors, property owners, government and business to address issues like these.
✓ Triangle Park design, planting, and upkeep at Natchez Trace and Blair that now includes source of water for the plants
✓ Neighborhood cleanup twice a year, with other projects being planned
✓ The mosaic dragon in the Dragon Park needs careful restoration now and a plan for future care. This will most likely be a long and many-faceted project. Volunteers have begun working on it.
✓ Refurbishing the dragon mural on the side of the building facing the Belcourt
✓ Cash donations to support our schools, Martin Center, Ronald McDonald House, and other groups that could affect the neighborhood
✓ Neighborhood block party support
✓ Successful lawsuit to save the old Eakin School, now the Martin Professional Development Center, from demolition. Efforts included many meetings to save the structure, coordinate parking, oooand preserve play areas.