Oak Park Civic Association elects board members at kickoff meeting
The Oak Park Civic Association held their inaugural meet and greet event this year to elect board members and share upcoming community events.
The neighborhood organization is starting meetings back up again, and they held their kickoff 2017 social event inside the Holy Cross School on Thursday, Sept. 21. The Oak Park Civic Association invited the Füd Bar co-owner Erik Neumann and Jared Brossett’s office’s director of community relations and constituent services, Peter Waggoner.
Devin Caboni, an Oak Park resident that lead the meeting, expressed how pleased he was with the event’s turnout.
“This is an unbelievable showing for our first meeting 2017,” Caboni said.
Caboni introduced neighbors to Neumann so he could talk about the Füd Bar restaurant located in Oak Park. Neumann shared current menus and explained the Füd Bar‘s “eat happy” instead of eat healthy slogan.
“Right away it’s going to be a wholesome choice for your family, compared to all the fast food we’ve had around the area,” Neumann said.
The restaurant provides both healthy and indulgent choices to choose from, Neumann explained.
Waggoner updated the neighborhood about development down the street from the Füd Bar, the property of the former Lake Terrace Shopping Center. Waggoner described the timeline for construction on the project to build an Ochsner medical center there. It will operate as a multi-speciality clinic, according to an Ochsner employee that lives in Oak Park.
“What we see in the construction documents is that it will take about 14 months from start to finish,” Waggoner said.
The project owner is waiting to receive the proper safety permits, Waggoner said. The opening of the center is expected sometime in 2019.
Before board elections began, Jim Tingley, the former president of the association, thanked his neighbors for coming to the meeting.
“I’m glad you folks are here,” Tingley said. “I’m glad things are getting started back.”
Tingley said he wouldn’t get into detail on why Oak Park Civic Association meetings had previously stopped.
With needing a minimum of five members, the neighborhood confirmed nine board members maximum that all raised their hand to introduce themselves and why they wanted to take up a position.
The Holy Cross School, which hosts the Oak Park Civic Association inside the student center, will put on a “Barbecuing Hamlet” play inside the Watson Family Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Oct. 8. The theater is located on the third floor of the administration building. See tickets here.
Following the play on Oak Park neighborhood’s list of community events is the Sweet Potato Festival to be held at Arthur Ashe Charter School, located on 1456 Gardena Drive. on Saturday Oct. 28. A parade will roll at 9:30 a.m. The event is a free family festival with arts activities, health screenings, a sweet potato cook-off, and more.