Add on patios should be built from at least 60% new material and conform to certain standards of construction.
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I would like to see some bike paths close to where I live.
Rarely do we utilize City Park or any of the neighborhood parks. We have no youngsters or dogs. I use the campus Natatorium for exercise. In fact, until recently I didn't realize we had 7 parks in Cove. As homeowners of 4 properties in town, we pay our fair share of taxes and I want to start taking advantage of those funds. :)
I think the City should sponsor more casual family friendly events utilizing park space such as, concerts, family night picnics, movies, Open Mike Nights, etc. I lived in Amarillo many years ago and some of the best times were going to "Orchestra in the Canyon". This could be a great event for the high school band to work extra on their tunes and entertain the community. These events don't cost a lot (or nothing) as family's bring their own food & drink, and music(ians) can earn tips or use the event as a fundraising event. Clean up can be suggested at each event for everyone to pick up litter on their way out and the City just has to get the trash receptacles emptied.
I think we should have a Day of Community Service, similar to what Austin does, each year. Groups, clubs, organizations and individuals gather to cover the city and do a day of service helping others. Clean up yards, parks, streets, helping with exterior painting touch ups for those that are unable to do so, graffiti clean up, and anything else we can do to help our neighbors and community.
Beef up the ordinance on trash in yards such as old tires,old lumber, inside furniture and appliances that are not hidden by a privacy fence.
Many times trailers are parked on the narrow streets causing traffic to stop and let the traffic from the opposite direction pass safely. I believe boats trailers should be parked in the driveway or at a parking area. Most of the trailers that I have seen don't have large enough reflectors to show how wide or how far it sticks out in the street.
Build a Walking/Bike path along the fenceline on 190 from HEB to the Central Texas College Exit (Bell Tower Drive on 190). The path would parallel the fenceline, run past the Clark Road Exit and end up at CTC. This would allow college students and Fort Hood Soldiers and family members on West Fort Hood to take advantage of the Five Hills Shopping area via bicycle and walking. It would also be excellent for fitness purposes.
We have a city park and other individual parks, but we do not have a running park system. At the link below I provided.. you will find 50 parks that The Houston Parks and Recreation Department maintains which includes 128.69 miles of trails that loop within parks or run along streets and bayous. I think it would be great to incorporate at least ONE specific walk, run, and biking trails throughout Copperas Cove.
Why I think downtown Cove needs some Love
Right now Cove is fixated on bringing money into the town by adding outsiders to the new five hills, Cove Business Park, ect. What about down town? Why can't the town find room in the budget to give love to run down business buildings, apartment buildings, houses, and so on. If the city doesn't want to do it why don't they issue citations to run down businesses and residences to fix the property. Specifications could be outlined how the city wants it.
Cove should be upholding a level of beauty through all of Copperas Cove.Not just one area.
New is always great, but don't forget about the refined and aged infrastructures.
Benefits of Community Gardening
• Community gardens increase a sense of community ownership and stewardship.
• Community gardens foster the development of a community identity and spirit.
• Community gardens bring people together from a wide variety of backgrounds (age, race, culture, social class).
• Community gardens build community leaders.
• Community gardens offer a focal point for community organizing, and can lead to community-based efforts to deal with other social concerns.
• Community gardens provide opportunities to meet neighbors.
• Community gardens build block clubs (neighborhood associations).
• Community gardens increase eyes on the street.
• Community gardening is recognized by the many police departments as an effective community crime prevention strategy.
• Community gardens offer unique opportunities for new immigrants (who tend to be concentrated in low-income urban communities) to:
Produce traditional crops otherwise unavailable locally,
Take advantage of the experience of elders to produce a significant amount of food for the household,
Provide inter-generational exposure to cultural traditions,
Offer a cultural exchange with other gardeners,
Learn about block clubs, neighborhood groups, and other community information.
• Community gardens offer neighborhoods an access point to non-English speaking communities.
• Community gardens allow people from diverse backgrounds to work side-by-side on common goals without speaking the same language.
Community gardens offer unique opportunities to teach youth about:
• Where food comes from
• Practical math skills
• Basic business principles
• The importance of community and stewardship
• Issues of environmental sustainability
• Job and life skills
• Community gardening is a healthy, inexpensive activity for youth that can bring them closer to nature, and allow them to interact with each other in a socially meaningful and physically productive way.
• Many community gardeners, especially those from immigrant communities, take advantage of food production in community gardens to provide a significant source of food and/or income.
• Community gardens allow families and individuals without land of their own the opportunity to produce food.
• Community gardens provide access to nutritionally rich foods that may otherwise be unavailable to low-income families and individuals.
• Urban agriculture is 3-5 times more productive per acre than traditional large-scale farming!
• Community gardens donate thousands of pounds of fresh produce to food pantries and involve people in processes that provide food security and alleviate hunger.
• Studies have shown that community gardeners and their children eat healthier diets than do non-gardening families.
• Eating locally produced food reduces asthma rates, because children are able to consume manageable amounts of local pollen and develop immunities.
• Exposure to green space reduces stress and increases a sense of wellness and belonging.
• Increasing the consumption of fresh local produce is one of the best ways to address childhood lead poisoning.
• The benefits of Horticulture Therapy can be and are used to great advantage in community gardens.
• Community gardens add beauty to the community and heighten people's awareness and appreciation for living things.
• Community gardens filter rainwater, helping to keep lakes, rivers, and groundwater clean.
• Community gardens restore oxygen to the air and help to reduce air pollution.
• Community gardens recycle huge volumes of tree trimmings, leaves, grass clippings, and other organic wastes back into the soil.
• Community gardens provide a place to retreat from the noise and commotion of urban environments.
• Community gardens provide much needed green space in lower-income neighborhoods which typically have access to less green space than do other parts of the community.
• Development and maintenance of garden space is less expensive than that of parkland.
• Scientific studies show that crime decreases in neighborhoods as the amount of green space increases.
• Community gardens have been shown to actually increase property values in the immediate vicinity where they are located.