Friday, February 12, 2010

Clean Up Days

From: Elizabeth Wiedower <>
Date: Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 2:31 PM

HBF's "Clean-Up Days" Transform a Neglected Historic District

Historic Beaufort Clean UpLast spring, the City Council of Beaufort, South Carolina considered changing its ordinances to give itself the ability to approve the demolition of structures in the city's historic district. But Local Partner Historic Beaufort Foundation, members of the review board, and preservation-minded citizens of Beaufort opposed the change.  They  understood that the problem of blighted houses was a symptom of far larger issues, and that simply tearing down old houses would leave  vacant lots, their own kind of blight. The City Council saw the light and tabled the idea.  Instead, they created a taskforce to assess and make recommendations on how to reverse the decades of decline in a section of the Beaufort National Historic Landmark District known as the Northwest Quadrant. Amongst the 100 recommendations made by the taskforce at the end of the review period was to find ways to haul away massive accumulations of trash littering the neighborhood. Through the coordinated efforts of Historic Beaufort Foundation, neighborhood organizations, and city officials, a series of "Clean Up Days" were launched, with tremendous results.  The city removed over 120 tons of waste! "In short, the clean-up days and monthly meetings have demonstrated that we can do more with less through cooperation among residents, volunteers, and city staff," said executive director Evan Thompson. Want to learn more about this incredible accomplishment, and how a Local preservation organization helped make this joint effort happen? Click here to read a full report from Evan


Beth Wiedower Director, Arkansas Delta Rural Heritage Development Initiative

National Trust for Historic Preservation | 227 Cherry Street, Helena, Arkansas 72342 
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Honorable James F. Valley
MAYOR - Helena West Helena
P O Box 248
226 Perry Street
Helena-West Helena, 72342
870-572-3421 Phone
870-817-4035 Cell
800-517-7240 Fax (City Council Agenda)

DHR Parks and Recreation 2-16-10

Weekly Report

Department: Parks and Recreation

Date: 02-16-10

Prepared by: B. O'Shea Burrell

Specific Weekly Activities

Monday 02-08-10

Daily cleaning done @ HWHCC

Free play 5pm-6pm

Closed at 6pm due to inclement weather

Tuesday 02-09-10

Daily cleaning @ HWHCC

Mrs. McKinney conducted D-Tyme Program @ HWHCC 3pm-6pm

After school tutorial 3:30pm-5pm

Free play 5pm-6pm

Adult male free play 6pm-close

Wednesday 02-10-10

Daily cleaning done @HWHCC

After school tutorial 3:30pm-5pm

Free Play 5pm-6pm

Adult Male free play6:00pm-9pm

Thursday 02-11-10

Daily cleaning done @HWHCC

Contacted coaches and assigned teams for boy's league

Ms. McKinney did not show up for D-Tyme program

Adult Male free play 6pm-close

Held Boys league Coaches meeting and gave out rules and game schedules

Meeting on

Worked on Trails for life Grant Deadline (Oct. 30, 2010)

Worked on Arkansas Community foundation Grant Deadline (Feb. 15, 2010)

Worked on Communities Creating Healthy Environments (CCHE)

Friday 02-12-10

Daily cleaning done @ HWHCC

Purchased supplies

Meeting on adult Softball league

Meeting on youth Softball and Baseball leagues

 Saturday 02-13- 10

Old Tymers Ball

Sunday 02-07-10

Movie at Malco

Future Activities

·         Check fire extinguisher every month and Initial after inspection.

·         Fire extinguisher need to be replaced in light room.

·         Ground work @ Washington Street Park
Prune all trees at North Helena Park and Washington Street Park(Via Street department)

·         Repairs to Washington St. bathrooms(Bid Labor$2100, Materials $1216,44) 9-22-09

·         Repairs to 10th street bathrooms (Bid Labor $2500, Materials $1475) 9-22-09

·         Repairs to A/C on house @ Golf Course

·         Repairs to lighting on Washington St.

·         Replace basketball goals @ N. Helena, Washington St., Catholic Hollow

·         Repair baseball field @ 10th street park

·         Storage space for equipment

·         Running water in all parks

·         Improve fencing around pool

·         Re-surface Greens at golf course

·         Repair goals in Hollow

·         Fix the trimming on backboards at HWHCC

·         Install Foul Poles at Little League Field

·         Recruiting coaches for youth football league

·         Power turned on at N. Helena Tennis courts

·         Check on storage at Cherry St.

·         5k run TBA

·         Senior Citizen AARP 10- Week Walking Program TBA

·         Start date for boy's league TBA

·         Contacted Someone about building trash cans for parks

·         CPR training for HWHCC staff TBA

·         Developing Mini conference with other SE Arkansas Park Professionals

·         Play ground equipment for parks (2010 budget)($44,603.92)

·         Identification Sign for the HWHCC; ordered on 01-28-10

·         Marking the HWHCC parking lot

·         Repairs to Cart shed @Golf Course (Bid $3849.77 Materials, Labor $9600) 2-09-08

·         Bring HWHCC playground up to standard TBA

·         Little League Football TBA

·         Summer League Baseball and Softball TBA

·         Youth league football TBA

·         Credit Card Machine @ Golf Course, Phone lines, and computers

·         Call Ronnie Smith for progress about trash cans for the parks

·         Remove debris from N. Helena Park fence row

·         Replace fence at Baseball field

·         Back fill dirt along ditch @N. Helena Park

·         Larry Gray Ole Tymers Ball Feb 13th

·         Relay for life B-Bal  Tournament Feb. 20th

·         Waco Texas Mission Team Mar 6th-12th

·         Commodity Mar 15th arrival; distribution Mar. 19th 10am-4pm

·         Mission Team from Missouri mar. 22nd-26th

·         U of A Technology Team Mar 15th-19th

·         Tag Trailors

·         Big Read FREE MOVIES: WEEK 1: To Kill A Mockingbird Feb. 7th,  Week 2: Reflections in a Golden Eye Feb. 14, Week 3:  A Member of the Wedding Feb. 21, Week 4:  The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Feb.  28th






Staff Issues/Concerns

1.       Transportation

2.       Two-way Radios (gone to shop)

3.       Electronic Marquee for Malco Theater

4.       Transmission needed in white dodge

5.       Need to purchase 4 leaf rakes(Wal-Mart)

6.       More money

7.       Talked with Director about the lack of an equipment budget. Planned to present a complete list of future projects and equipment needed to City Council in an attempt to gain their assistance in moving this department forward.


Fuel Log






























HWHCC Monthly Count


January         655


February       0

March           0

April              0

May              0

June              0

July               0

August          0

September    0

October        0

November    0

December    0























 Boy's League 2010 Game Schedule


1.       Coach Eaton: Lil Cougars

2.       Coach Henry: Supa Stars

3.       Coach Anthony: Minneapolis Lakers

4.       Coach Derrick:

5.       Two teams of 1st and 2nd Graders Coach Gilmore



Feb. 16th

6pm Little Guys Game

7pm 1vs4

8pm 2vs3


Feb. 18th

6pm Little Guys Game

7pm 3vs4

8pm 1vs2


Feb. 23rd

6pm Little Guys Game

7pm 1vs3

8pm 2vs4


Feb. 25th

6pm Little Guys Game

7pm 2vs3

8pm 1vs4


Mar. 2nd

6pm Little Guys Game

7pm 1vs2

8pm 3vs4



6pm Little Guys Game

7pm 2vs4

8pm 1vs3


Mar. 9th

6pm Little Guys Game

7pm 1vs4

8pm 2vs3


Mar. 11th

6pm Little Guys Game

7pm 3vs4

8pm 1vs2


Mar. 16th

6pm Little Guys Game

7pm 1vs3

8pm 2vs4


Mar. 18th

6pm Little Guys Game

7pm 2vs3

8pm 1vs4


Mar. 23rd

6pm Little Guys Game

7pm 1vs2

8pm 3vs4


Mar. 25th

6pm Little Guys Game

7pm 2vs4

8pm 1vs3


Mar. 29th

6pm Tournament Starts for teams 1-4



6pm Championship Games







O'Shea Burrell
City of Helena-West Helena
Parks and Recreation Director
511 Miller St./P O Box 248
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
870-338-8481 Phone
888-526-6665 Fax
870-995-8991 Cell