** Looking Back on 2017. Thank You. More Good Times Coming **

B l u f f   P a r k
N e i g h b o r h o o d  A s s o c i a t i o n

2017 Year End Message

Looking Back on 2017

What a year it has been for us in the Bluff Park Historic District! Thank you for making it all possible!

Let's reminisce, and then glance forward.  

Since the all-new board came on in April, two Community Meetings were held like no others with record attendance and active engagement. 

We heard your ideas for the future direction of the association.

You helped us capture new and old memories and completed an online survey to share your history, legends and stories of our homes and lives in the neighborhood.

You heard from your newly elected board members on their visions.

Public Works Director Craig Beck  updated us on infrastructure projects.

District Councilwoman Suzie Price discussed and listened to us on important hot topics impacting our neighborhood and city.
The Councilwoman led us in a toast during our "45/35" Anniversary Dessert Soirée.

2017 was a dual anniversary for us. Marking 45 years being the association for the neighborhood. Also marking 35 years being the second historically designated residential district in the city.
We honored the lives and contributions of many residents over the decades. We heard from Helena & Elbert SegelhorstLinda Renner, and Peter Deveraux

​We remembered the historic leaders we recently lost, including 
Luanne Pryor (1929-2016), John Parkin (1926-2015), and Melinda Roney (1942-2017).
Our BPNA Members   received special anniversary wine glasses, and others bought glasses, as a tribute to this special year.

​More neighbors than ever  joined or renewed as paid members  for a modest tax-deductible contribution.

A beautiful summer's evening  Sweet Meet & Greet  connected us socially to new residents and longtime friends. We strolled the streets, enjoying tasty treats and drinks from our hosts,  Doreen & Frank, Julie & Jonathan, Megan & Dave, Michelle, Marietta & Mark, Cheri & Doug,  Lisa & Jim, and Ro & Alma , and coordination from Eva & Penny.
Lampposts, Lighthouse and Lines was a successful, unique fundraiser benefit event, raising monies for the 2nd phase of the BPNA's Bluff Park Historic Lamppost Project and bringing out the inner artist in us all. ​Major sponsors included Parkers' Lighthouse, Susan Adair Malecki Consulting, Port of Long Beach, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn, and Former Councilman Gary DeLong.
Over 30 homes (yes, over 30!) participated in the Annual Bluff Park Community Yard Salegenerously sponsored and coordinated by longtime residents and association members Juvie Borges and Jennifer Hirsh of Coldwell Banker Coast Alliance. With neighbors donating part of their proceeds, the event also raised charitable funds for the Historic Lamppost Project.

The purchase order for the 1st phase lampposts for Paloma Ave was placed in the summer. However, the manufacturing is now temporarily stalled. Jarring news came in mid-December that financial issues are forcing the shutdown of the original manufacturer of the East 1st Street lampposts. Sad as that is, we will continue to move forward with the support of Councilwoman Suzie Price, Mayor Robert Garcia and Public Works Director Craig Beck and their helpful teams.  

Port of Long Beach awarded us sponsorship grants for the Project's events. Fundraising is progressing for the 2nd phase planned along Temple Ave.
We were treated to a personalized guided excursion on an exclusive Harbor Boat Tour sponsored by the Port of Long Beach.

We saw and learned about the "green" port while enjoying breakfast, blue skies and calm waters with friends and neighbors.
The  Annual Fall Harvest Block Party ,  with major sponsorship from Smart & Final, was a afternoon of fun, food and festivities for kids and adults alike. The event showed off our own local musical talents, cake makers, pumpkin decorators, and paraders of dogs and bikes. Thanks to the large number of volunteers, committee members, and residents along E. 1st Street between Lindero Ave and Molino Ave!
In a special meeting on Preservation of Our Historic Homes, the city's Advance Planning Officer Christopher Koontz shared with us how informed collaboration is the key to maintaining our neighborhood's historic integrity and the value of its many historically significant structures.
We got to  Meet the New Police Commander  for an informative special meeting, where East Division Police Commander Erik Herzog took questions and explained steps the city is taking -- and how we ourselves can help -- to enhance safety, reduce crime, and address homelessness.
The Holiday Bow Breakfast added a festive flare to the ornamental East 1st Street lampposts, adorned with red bows and holiday greetings for all to see. A favorite neighborhood holiday tradition has been restored!

Ongoing collaborations were maintained with other historic neighborhoods, preservation organizations, city officials and our residents on various relevant issues, including safety concerns, enhancement projects to Bluff Park and Bixby Park, accessory dwelling units, land use planning, and bike lanes.
Our Website was newly updated and has become the dynamic hub for events, information and resources. We reguarly send E-Blasts to our mailing list and distribute flyers to your doorsteps.

We produced a printable Summer Newsletter edited by Doug Hawks and Todd Overturf. Then we had a Thanksgiving Safety Bulletin.

With expanded social media presence, we ask that you follow us on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter.

We're easy to find. Just remember: BluffPark.org
Many, many thanks go to you and the scores of resident volunteers, committee members, individual and business donors and sponsors, community leaders, and city officials and employees.

Giving your time, passion, expertise, services, funds and sweat for the events and accomplishments of 2017 and for the betterment of our community and city!
On the Horizon for 2018

Much more is coming in 2018. Please stay involved, volunteer and support your community.

Here are just a few events we are beginning to plan:

Our next Community Meeting on  Wednesday January 17 @ 7:00 PM at 370 Junipero Ave, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. This will not be your typical meeting. Learn strategies and skills from experts to help you prevent crime and prepare for emergencies. Click here for more info.
The 2018 Community Meetings on January 17, March 28, June 27, and September 26. Visit our calendar of events, click here.

The Lamppost Love Boat on Sunday May 6 @ 1:00 PM at the Hotel MayaA cruise-inspired, family friendly fundraiser benefit event. Inquire about tickets and sponsorship opportunities. Click here for more info.​

The Annual Bluff Park Community Yard Sale on Saturday August 4 @ 8:00 AM.

Thank you again for being an important part of our special community!

With your help, 2018 will be another spectacular year! We look forward to getting to know you better and seeing you around the neighborhood.

Happy New Year!


Your Dedicated BPNA Board of Directors,
Jeff, Marilyn, Sergio, Wally, Jonathan, Michelle and Marco

All donations and memberships are fully tax-deductible

Email:   info@bluffpark.org
​Phone:  (562) 449-0977

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BPNA operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity Federal Tax ID 95-3080429