Bruce Black, Neighborhood Pride manager for Columbus, formally invited the Northwest Civic Association to apply to be the 102nd area to receive the special recognition and array of city services.

Speaking at the April 3 meeting of the board of trustees, Black said northwest Columbus hasn't participated in the program during its 19-year history.

"Neighborhood Pride is a team effort by city departments, neighborhood groups and individual residents, businesses and schools and other partners to make our neighborhoods safer and cleaner, keys to a more vibrant and exciting future for Columbus," according to the website for the city's Department of Neighborhoods.

Black said Neighborhood Pride has undergone changes. It used to involve five days of intensive city services being brought to bear on the chosen area, including cleaning out catch basins, painting fire hydrants and fixing streetlights while free lunches and social events were presented by Pride personnel.

Now, instead of those 60 hours of effort, Neighborhood Pride entails more evening activities geared to such things such as mobility and safety concerns, according to Black.

Nora Gerber, a community-relations coordinator with the city, distributed a survey to trustees and members of the audience to determine the community's reaction to the new iteration of Neighborhood Pride.

Neighborhood Pride week still concludes with a visit from the mayor and department heads to hear from residents about concerns and issues, according to Black.

Also at the April 3 meeting, trustee Cheryl Grossman announced the association would play host to a picnic May 11 and an effort was being made to organize the neighborhood for National Night Out the first Tuesday in February.

David Ditmars of the membership committee said the picnic would be held from 1 to 5 p.m. in Antrim Park.

The event, intended to raise the civic association's profile, will feature presentations about safety and one from a master gardener from the Ohio State University Extension Office.

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