Great info! I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have. walkie talkie KL
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Central location for a community workout/gym with a large indoor pool. Someone could teach swim lessons all year. Every kid and adult need to know how to swim. Indoor basketball courts, handball courts. It could have a lot more, but the year round benefits for our town would be great.
The area of Skyline Valley/Skyline Flats needs a walk path and a park. The main streets are too busy and too many cars speed by to safely walk dogs or walk yourself for that matter. The original homes in that area don't have sidewalks so you are forced to walk on the street or in a ditch/side step that is overgrown.
I am on the 14U soccer team and I think that the game is very unfair. There are multiple fouls that the refs do not call. Soccer is now very unsafe an unfair.
Some of the things I miss most about living in the city are the abundance of family friendly activities. I think the city should have a yearly Kite Day in the park (Ogletree would be perfect). Austin has their's in mid March and has grown every year. Simple kite making booths and contests make it a fun event. Contests are : most original kite, biggest, smallest, best homemade kite. There can be food vendor trailers too!
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.
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.
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.
I think it would be nice for the Cove dogs to have a designated area to go and play with other pups.
More parks for people to walk their pets or play with their children in all of the new neighborhoods would be really nice.