LW Neighborhood Association Presidents' Council to Celebrate First Anniversary of the “Front Porch”.
The Neighborhood Association Presidents’ Council (NAPC) will be celebrating the first anniversary of their “Front Porch” on Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Grand Re-Opening of Evening on the Avenues in the Cultural Plaza in downtown Lake Worth.
The “Front Porch” is a 10 ft. x 20 ft. canopied tent set up with comfortable chairs to welcome any and all Lake Worth Neighbors and visitors to Lake Worth who may well become inspired to also become Lake Worth Neighbors. In the first year of operation, the “Front Porch” has welcomed thousands of neighbors on more than thirty occasions including fifteen Evening on the Avenues during the 2013 season, different neighborhood events, like picnics, block parties and street fairs.
The “Front Porch” has also hosted special events, like the PBSO Night Out Against Crime and city advisory board events such as Earth Day and the Easter Egg Hunt. Over the summer, during the Evening on the Avenues hiatus, “The Front Porch” welcomed families and friends who attended all four of the Summer Outdoor Film Series sponsored by the Lake Worth CRA. In addition, the “Front Porch” served thousands of spectators at the Great American “Art on the Water” Raft Race held on the 4th of July.
Since the “Front Porch” first debuted in August 2013, features have been added including Scrabble tables for mini tournaments and a brand new popcorn machine introduced during the Summer Outdoor Film Series.
Evening on the Avenues was originated and sponsored by the Downtown Cultural Alliance (DCA) and the Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The Grand Re-Opening of Evening on the Avenues marks the City of Lake Worth’s commitment to carry on this hugely successful event on the first and third Fridays of every month during season. The NAPC wishes to extend its gratitude to the DCA, the CRA and the City of Lake Worth for extending their kind invitation for the “Front Porch” to be a permanent fixture during these celebrations.
At the Grand Re-Opening and First Anniversary celebration, Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo and NAPC liaison, Commissioner John Szerdi will offer their congratulations to the NAPC for the role the “Front Porch” has played in building a stronger community of Neighbors in Lake Worth. One of the most popular features of the “Front Porch” is a large map indicating all the neighborhoods in Lake Worth. Hundreds of people have been photographed in front of the map smiling and pointing with pride to their own Neighborhood. Hundreds more have signed up to receive information and become involved in the Neighborhood Association serving their own area.
This coming year will bring a new look to the “Front Porch”, thanks to a grant approved through the Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalizationand the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners. Borrowed furniture will be replaced with new and more comfortable seating and new neighborhood banners for every NAPC neighborhood will be on display for the First Anniversary. The popular NAPC Neighborhood Guide, with information on all the Lake Worth Neighborhoods is always available for free on the “Front Porch”. Different Neighborhood Associations take turns hosting the “Front Porch” and are happy to share neighborhood news, meeting times and how to contact other Neighborhood Associations.