GONDBA Meeting Minutes


Today’s meeting was held at the Stuart Patterson Park Rec Center with lunch from Grocery Land. Attendees were able to tour the facility and learn about all of the great projects and plans ahead for this neighborhood facility.

-   Barry opened the meeting by filling everyone in on the upcoming National Night Out, to be held at Stuart Patterson on Tuesday, August 7th from 5-8PM. The evening will include a Cruise-In, food and soft drinks, live music by Diddley, a bounce house and face painting and tattoos for kids. The event is sponsored by GONDBA, the Dayton Police, the Old North Dayton and McCook Neighborhood Assoc. All businesses are encouraged to spread the word about the event and help with the distribution of flyers around the neighborhood.

-   Dave Kinsaul talked about the recent DaVinci tour and meeting and discussed current and possible upcoming improvements to the Old North Dayton area. Some of these include greenery planted by the garden club, ongoing demolitions, updates to the Webster St corridor with a link from Tech Town to Stanley, including bikeways. The Old North Dayton area has benefited from the influx of new residents in rehab projects going on in the area.   

-   Officer Zimmerman reported that some crime stats are up, including property crimes, while other are down, including violent crime. John has been working hard, along with Barry, to put together the community picnic for National Night Out and mentioned that there will also be an Ident-A-Kid booth for kids. He has set up the clean-up detail after the event. The main focus of the event is to allow residents to interact with the local police force and know who is around to protect them.

-    Bill Evans, whose bakery will soon be reopening, reminded the group of Old North Dayton Days and hopes to use Stuart Patterson as a stepping stone to more community events and participation.

-   Anthony Byrd of Stuart Patterson talked to the group about the rec center and led us on a guided tour of the facility. The center is privately funded it has taken close to 6 months tending to the facility to get it to this point. There is a community room, a work-out room, a boxing room and gym. They have boxing classes and are looking to form youth league basketball as well as events like movie nights and bingo. The spray park is popular and the group is investigating the feasibility of reopening the pool. They are looking for involvement from parents as well as the community overall to make the project a success.

-   Lt Booher from the Dayton Police Dept talked to the group about updates in the department and its work with the neighborhood. Among the projects are expanding the one-call network to disburse urgent information to local businesses and maintaining the crime watch program. He gave the group information on operation identification, using UV markings for electronic property to aid in identification and recovery of stolen property.  

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Community Picnic. Come out and have fun! Remember to support your local businesses! See you next month.

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