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Outstanding neighborhoods recognized for projects, service

Posted Jan. 23, 2018

volunteers painting a mural
Over an eight-hour day, more than 50 Sunset Heights neighbors created a striking mural that instilled pride and generated social collaboration. The mural is near the intersection of West Vickery Boulevard and Micki Lynn Avenue in west Fort Worth.

The annual Fort Worth Neighborhood Awards honored a host of grass-roots groups and individuals who engage residents and build stronger communities.

Mayor Betsy Price and several city department leaders distributed the awards. The recognition was part of a full morning of seminars aimed at helping community leaders improve their outreach and service to their neighborhoods.

Here are the award winners:

Neighborhood of the Year Award. Fort Worth’s 2017 Neighborhood of the Year is Sunset Heights Neighborhood Association. Sunset Heights is located in rolling hills, which require a huge concrete retaining wall at its southern entrance. Over the years, the wall has been a repeated target of graffiti and tagging. Association leaders thought a mural would help prevent future vandalism, while also beautifying the neighborhood with a work of public art. Neighbors chose a design that would be embraced by a diverse community, was colorful and family friendly. Instead of an artist-driven design, Sunset Heights chose a pixelated sunset with two silhouetted figures in the foreground.

Neighborhood Newsletter Awards. Winners were Crawford Farms HOA, Heritage HOA, Marine Creek Association, Tehama Ridge HOA, Berkeley Place NA, Eastern Hills NA, Fairmount NA, Mistletoe Heights NA, Ridglea North NA and West Meadowbrook NA.

Fort Worth Pride Award. This award is given to an organization that improves the physical aspects of the neighborhood. Winners: Harvest Ridge HOA and Sunset Heights Neighborhood Association.

Spirit of Fort Worth Award. The award recognizes groups that foster social revitalization, enhance cultural aspects of the neighborhood or simply make residents feel welcome. Winners: Remington Point HOA and Crestwood Neighborhood Association.

Mayor’s Civic Engagement and Community Collaboration Award. Winners: Tehama Ridge Owners Association and Historic Southside Neighborhood Association.

Mayor’s Health and Wellness Award. Winners: Crawford Farms HOA and Garden of Eden Neighborhood Association.

Danny Scarth Trailblazer Award. Sarah Martinez, a community advocate for students with dyslexia.

Neighborhood Police Officer of the Year: Officer Donald Shipp.

Code Compliance Officer of the Year: Tiffany Taylor.

Fort Worth created the Neighborhood Awards 15 years ago to recognize a variety of projects and activities that help make Fort Worth a great place to live, work and play. Awards recognize outstanding neighborhood newsletters and projects that promote physical, cultural, health and community and improvements. Two categories — mandatory and voluntary — allow all neighborhood associations to compete against their peers.

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