One suggestion we received from our online survey was to publish more about the community organizations that work toward improving our neighborhood and to share ways you can get involved. Great idea!
There are three main organizations working toward building a better College Park: The College Park Neighborhood Association, the College Park Rotary Club, and the College Park Partnership.
The College Park Neighborhood Association has a goal of preserving, protecting and improving College Park. Each month the Association updates members on the ongoing efforts of the organization and brings in speakers to educate residents on pressing issues in our community. Some recent topics have been crime, the upcoming I-4 widening project, and improving the south entrances into College Park (along Colonial) with regard to appearance, crime and safety.
CPNA also organizes several community events throughout the year, such as Movies in the Park, Sunday in the Park, the Easter Egg Hunt in Albert Park, the Homes Tour, and Candidate Forums during election season.
CPNA’s Historic Committee has been working hard to publish a book on College Park history.
The College Park Rotary Club meets weekly to cover important topics such as updates from local business owners on their successes and failures, updates on local schools and elected officials, and ways other charities respond to disasters from around the globe. The Rotary also recognizes outstanding students of the month from among College Park’s schools. The Rotary Club’s annual fundraiser, Taste of College Park (to be held this month on April 10), raises money to fund support for local schools and charities.
The College Park Partnership is one of the City of Orlando’s Main Street programs and is partially funded by a matching grant through the City.
The Partnership has a Board of Directors who meet monthly to support the efforts of four working committees: Design, Business Development, Promotion and Organization. Each committee meets monthly and those meetings are open to anyone wishing to get involved.
The Design Committee works to improve the aesthetics of College Park through the light pole banner program, quarterly Nip and Tuck cleanup days, and decorating Albert Park for the holidays. They also have long-range plans to improve the streetscape along Edgewater Drive.
The Business Development Committee works to support the growth of local businesses by hosting educational seminars, networking socials and informational coffees, and by bringing customers into College Park through events like Small Business Saturdays.
The Promotion Committee is responsible for planning JazzFest, Dancing on the Drive, and Holiday on the Drive. The bulk of the Partnership’s operating budget is raised through these major events which bring thousands of visitors into the district each year.
The Organization Committee is responsible for the inner workings of the Partnership through aspects of fundraising, membership, volunteers and technology.
All these groups are run by volunteers determined to make a difference in our community. It is because of their dedication that our neighborhood is the best place to live and work in Orlando.
To learn more about getting involved, please visit collegeparkrotary.org, mycpna.org and collegeparkpartnership.com. They would love to have you.