April, 2015

NIA in Downtown Topeka 


Knowing that substantial financial investments are being made in the downtown area, the Community Pride and Service Network team has been tackling the question, "What about the integration and health of the surrounding downtown neighborhoods?"  While looking at the Topeka Neighborhood Health Map one can see the critical areas of downtown. 


City of Topeka, Heartland Visioning, Heartland Healthy Neighborhood, Safe Streets, Prevention and Recovery Services, and other individuals are working towards the goal of creating a Neighborhood Improvement Association (NIA.) UMB Bank is providing financial assistance toward the costs of developing community relationships in those neighborhoods through community dinners, publications and educational support. 

Topeka Pedestrian Master Plan needs your voice!


The Metropolitan Topeka Planning Organization (MTPO) is partnering with the City of Topeka to coordinate the first master plan for pedestrians to safely reach their destinations. 


Bill Fainder, Planning Director of the City of Topeka said that "The aim of the Topeka Pedestrian Master Plan is to create safe and connected walkways between schools, parks, shopping districts, bus routes, workplaces, and other popular destinations. The plan will contain an overarching vision, key issues, a prioritization system for new sidewalks, policy recommendations, and a base 5-year plan to improve walk-ability in Topeka."


Community workshops were held and continued input is being collected online. Provide your thoughts by tracking your walking routes and desires through an interactive map here. To provide more context to your ideas take the survey and share it with others here.


A second workshop will be held at a later date in 2015. 

Service Crawl through NOTO 


NOTO Anonymous invites the community to join in the first ever NOTO Anonymous Service Crawl, Saturday, April 25th from noon to 4 p.m in the 800 and 900 block of Kansas Avenue. The event's goal is to provide short bursts of volunteer time to multiple businesses and artist in the NOTO area. 

"NOTO Anonymous was created around the belief that everyone plays a role in the growth and vitality of our Arts District." - NOTO Anonymous founding member 

The event will begin with registration at noon at Yeldarb, followed by rotating service activities, and ending with a reception at the Yeldarb Gallery sponsored by various NOTO businesses. Participation in the Service Crawl is $10 and includes a NOTO Anonymous T-shirt as well as light refreshments at the end of the event. To see more information connect with their Facebook event page and Click here to register today!

What are Heartland Visioning's Five Priorities Discussing?


Have you missed a Steering Committee Meeting? Would you like to see what is happening within the five priorities of Heartland Visioning? See the latest conversations on our website in each of the following areas. 


1. Community Pride and Services

2. Dynamic Core

3. Entertainment

4. Parks & Recreation

5. Transportation