The City of Tallahassee recently held its annual neighborhood awards program. Continuing a more than 40-year tradition of recognizing residents and neighborhoods that have gone above and beyond to further enhance and enrich the community, awards were presented on September 28 in the Parkview Ballroom at Cascades Park.
The awards recognize neighborhoods located within the City limits for efforts undertaken in 2022 to bring about positive change.
City Commissioner Curtis Richardson, who attended the ceremony, stated that “he would not have missed the Neighborhood Awards ceremony for anything, because it’s so special. Neighborhoods are what make Tallahassee the city that she is, a thriving community rich with diversity and vitality.”
Below are this year’s winners.
Outstanding Neighborhood of the Year recognizes a neighborhood or homeowners’ association that has facilitated improvements in its community, kept neighbors actively engaged in community-building activities and/or led projects to build or enhance neighborhood cohesion. There are two categories for this award, and the winner in each received $500 to put toward a neighborhood project.
- Small Neighborhood of the Year (fewer than 200 homes) – Oak Knoll Estates
- Large Neighborhood of the Year (more than 200 homes) – SummerBrooke Property Owners Association
Outstanding Neighbor of the Year is given to a resident or neighborhood leader who exemplifies the characteristics of leadership and service in making contributions to their community.
- Neighborliness Award recognizes a neighborhood leader or resident who embodies a spirit of neighborliness, helping with efforts within or beyond their neighborhood that promote community, taking care of others and providing neighborhood/community services –
Dr. Jerrlyne Jackson, Jake Gaither Neighborhood Association
Best Neighborhood Program of the Year recognizes neighborhood and homeowners’ associations that have facilitated projects that improved the social aspects of a neighborhood and/or the physical aspects of a neighborhood.
- Best Physical Neighborhood Improvement recognizes a project focused on enhancing the physical aspects of a neighborhood (parks, lighting, litter control, housing improvements, etc.) – SummerBrooke Property Owners Association
- Best Social Neighborhood Improvement recognizes a project focused on enhancing the social or cultural aspects of a neighborhood (safety, youth and/or senior program, programs that foster teamwork, etc.) – Providence Neighborhood Association
- Best Neighborhood Communication honors excellence and creativity in neighborhood-oriented publications and/or other neighborhood communication outreach activities. It recognizes neighborhood groups that are diligent about notifying residents and/or promoting their organization and communication with members via printed materials and/or social media – Wellington Place Neighborhood Association
Local State Farm Agent Gayla Parks provided co-sponsorship support for this year’s awards program. See a recap of the event on our YouTube channel. For more information about the City’s Neighborhood Awards Program and available neighborhood resources, visit Talgov.com/Neighborhoods.