Thursday, April 1, 2010


The Wick Park Neighborhood Association (WPNA) with the support of Councilman Jamael Tito Brown and Councilwoman Annie Gillam is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt in Wick Park on Youngstown’s north side for children between the ages of 1 and 10 on April 3, 2010 at noon. Children should be accompanied by a responsible adult and upon arrival should go to the Wick Park Pavilion to sign in. The Easter Bunny will be on hand and games, crafts and prizes will be available for the children. Students belonging to the Community Service Club of Ursuline High School will be volunteering at the event.



Members of the Wick Park Neighborhood Association assisted Common Wealth Inc. with the cleanup of the newly renovated "Stuart Place".

Stuart Place is an historic building, constructed in 1929 at 905 Elm Street. Located on Youngstown’s Northside, the Stuart Place Apartments were recently renovated by Common Wealth Inc. and feature six spacious one bedroom apartments with new kitchens and bathrooms, granite countertops, ceramic tile, hardwood floors, carpeting, energy efficient appliances, central heat and air, and off street parking. Convenient to Youngstown State University, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Northside Medical Center and the downtown.

On the bottom floor (the former Penguin Pub and, later, Amy's Campus 2000) will be a state and FDA certified shared-use commercial kitchen facility. Such a facility will provide work space, equipment, and business advice for people interested in marketing value-added food products.

For more information on shared-use kitchen facilities, check out ACEnet’s website. ACEnet (The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks) is a very successful shared-use manufacturing facility in Athens, Ohio.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Wick Park Neighborhood Association members cleared and cleaned 4 properties on Broadway Ave. in late 2009. Pictured is a yard clean up of the Covington House (264 Broadway Ave.)

Many residents from the neighborhood (and from other parts of the city) participated in this event. Food was provided by neighborhood non-profit Common Wealth Inc. at the 1st Unitarian Church on Elm St.

Friday, February 19, 2010


A recent rash of arsons in the Wick Park neighborhood – a transitional historic neighborhood on the City of Youngstown’s North Side – has brought together neighborhood and community groups, residents and local institutions to establish stability for this high profile neighborhood located just north of Youngstown State University.

In addition to historic designation status, the Wick Park neighborhood is home to Stambaugh Auditorium, Park Vista retirement community, Burdman Group, YSU’s Cafaro & Lyden dormitories, Dorian Books , 4 churches, 5 student fraternities/sororities, 2 funeral homes and is centrally anchored by 34-acre Wick Park, the most utilized park in the city’s park system and which is currently organizing a renovation project ( ). The neighborhood is also home to the North Side Farmer’s Market and the annual Grey to Green Festival.

A high profile arson on October 20th at 259 Park Ave. – built in 1897 and one of the oldest structures in the neighborhood (see photo above) – followed by three more arsons on adjacent Pennsylvania Ave. prompted a standing-room-only public meeting with city officials at Wick Park Pavilion (overview and recap with video here, here and here). Citizens learned of what they can do to prevent further instances of arson and received public confirmation by the City that the neighborhood would be designated a priority in regards to security as well as preservation and restoration efforts. More importantly, members attending the meeting decided that it was time for residents and groups to work together to organize revitalization efforts from the ground up.

Several neighborhood meetings have taken place since. Over 50 active participants and several local organization/institutions have merged to form the Wick Park Neighborhood Association which includes citizen teams that handle communications, housing, community saftey, and project planning. With the assistance of the city and neighborhood stakeholders, over 10 homes have been secured and 4 property cleanups completed.