Our neighborhood hosts a series of regular activities for residents. Descriptions are below, and dates for upcoming events are on the Calendar tab to the left.
Front Yard Friday (FYF) is a gathering of neighbors that includes children and pets on a given Friday once a month in a volunteer neighbors’ front yard. These Friday events are a neighborhood favorite, well attended and have been a staple in Woodlea Melrose since 2013. FYF's goal is to promote a close-knit community. These events are a great way to get together and get to know our neighbors better. Hosting is easy - simply volunteer and the WMNA Board will bring you a sign, cooler, ice, tent and table for snacks. If you would like to volunteer your yard for an upcoming FYF, email the FYF Coordinator at email@example.com.
The Melrose on Seventh Street Fair is an event held in our own back yard annually every March. Each year 7th Avenue from Indian School to Campbell is closed to host this street festival with over 150 booths, food trucks, crafts and activities for kids, live music and over 200 classic cars. This street fair is a Phoenix favorite and attracts nearly 22,000 visitors each year. As a neighborhood we also participate with our own tent. If you would like more info or would like to be a vendor, check out the ‘Melrose On 7th Avenue Facebook page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in volunteering an hour or two, send your name to email@example.com.
The Woodlea Melrose Neighborhood Association hosts a block party cookout annually in November. This event is our annual Phoenix Police G.A.I.N. event (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods), and is funded primarily with Block Watch Grant funds. This is another wonderful opportunity to meet and greet your neighbors, enjoy some amazing food, listen to good music and maybe do some dancing. Kids love this event as well - each year we play an outdoor movie and serve popcorn! Each year neighbors pitch in and volunteer to help make it happen! Want to volunteer this year? Just let someone on the Board know or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year we coordinate one or two neighborhood-wide yard sales, often in conjunction with surrounding neighborhoods. Every street is full of sales and we usually end up with lots of each other’s stuff! It is great fun to see all of the activity, life and action in the neighborhood on Yard Sale weekend. Participation is free and the WM Board handles all advertising and promotion. If you would like to participate, please email email@example.com to add your address to the roster.
This annual event takes place at dusk on the Saturday before Christmas. Each year our amazing Street Reps, along with the help of many volunteers, place bags with candles and light just before sunset. This has been a beautiful display of light and holiday spirit throughout the years in Woodlea Melrose. This event is neighborhood-wide and includes every street. Each year our neighborhood places and lights over 4,000 luminaries! This event only happens because of the amazing turn out of neighborhood volunteers. We can use all the help we can get, the more the merrier, so please consider volunteering for this neighborhood favorite! To volunteer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you see a book you would like, feel free to take it with you. Help keep these Little Free Libraries operating by leaving books for others! Happy Reading, Woodlea Melrose!
Woodlea Melrose is proud to sponsor Little Free Libraries in our neighborhood. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.
11th Avenue between Turney and Roma
Kid's Library, 9th Avenue and Roma
MacKenzie between 11th and 13th Avenue
9th Avenue North East corner
In the Woodlea Melrose neighborhood, we have designated our Block Watch as N.O.W (Neighbors On Watch). If you would like a sign for your front yard, please contact our Block Watch Coordinator at email@example.com and one will be delivered to your home!
We also have signs available at our neighborhood booth for the 7th Avenue Street Festival in March, at all of neighborhood meetings and at our annual G.A.I.N. event - WM Block Party Cookout in November.
From the City of Phoenix:
Block Watch is a simple program of neighbors watching out for each other. It is designed to enlist the active participation of citizens in cooperation with the police to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.
• It is becoming acquainted with your neighbors.
• It is working together to identify and solve problems in our community.
• It is helping the police by being aware of and reporting any unusual activities as they occur.
• It is the implementation of crime prevention techniques to enhance home security.
• It is not apprehending someone. Leave that to the police.
• It is putting neighbors back into the neighborhoods.
If you see suspicious activity, please call Crimestop at 602-262-6151. For an emergency, call 9-1-1. When you see graffiti, report it by calling 602-495-7014.
Our N.O.W. Block Watch program has been a proven crime deterrent. Please support crime reduction in our neighborhood by joining and promoting N.O.W.
N.O.W. PURPOSE STATEMENT
The Woodlea Melrose Neighbors On Watch (N.O.W) is a neighborhood protection effort that calls upon residents to participate in a collaborative approach to create a sense of security. We accomplish this with effective, respectful communication and efforts that honor the diversity of the community we live in.
The Woodlea Melrose Neighbors On Watch (N.O.W) Coordinator and assigned team assist and lead communication efforts, liaison with community partners, create and drive strategies to support purpose initiatives.
Officer Ben Harris
Community Action Officer
Phoenix Police Department
Mountain View Precinct
2075 East Maryland Avenue
Assists with community groups concerns and Block Watch.
Here in the Woodlea Melrose Neighborhood we were sad to hear about the Retirement of our previous Community Action Officer Aaron Stevens and wish him well during this transitional time. His replacement, Officer Adrian Barrios, is currently on extended leave. We will be working with Officer Harris moving forward, and hope to have him attend our neighborhood meetings and events and provide the same community and household checks to continue to keep our neighborhood safe.
Bicycle Registration is available, please schedule via email with Officer Harris at Benjamin.Harris@phoenix.gov