No good work is ever completed with trial or heartache. As we look back at 2015, we see a year marked by strife and division. Not only for our community, but also for this Council. Since being elected in July of 2015, the Frayser Neighborhood Council has been rebuilding, repairing, and resetting in preparation for doing all we can to support this community.
To that end we are proud to say that we as a Council and Frayser as a whole are now positioned to move forward toward substantial progress. The Frayser Neighborhood Council is meeting as always every 2nd Saturday of each month at Ed Rice Community Center. Our next meeting will be Saturday, February 13th @ noon. We would love to see you there so you can share with us how we can best serve your interests.
Additionally, we would like to invite you to join us at our official Installation Ceremony. It will be held Saturday, February 20th @ noon at 3306 Overton Crossing St. It represents a great opportunity to meet the members of the Executive Board and here more about our plans to impact this community.
We are thankful for all of those who care about this community and we look forward to hearing from you.
Frayser Neighborhood Council
Monday, January 25, 2016
Monday, July 13, 2015
|Frayser Neighborhood Council Election Registration Table|
- Patrice Gillespie- 28 votes
- Bobbie Henderson- 119 votes
- Joseph Jenkins- 15 votes
- Pearlie Richardson- 30 votes
- David Vinciarelli- 17 votes
- Erserline Watson- 99 votes
- Ta'Quinta Williams- 47 votes
- Carrie Wright- 130 votes
- Tristan Jackson- 68 votes
- Jermesha Matthews- 133 votes
- LaTesha McLaughlin- 51 votes
- Valricka Mitchell- 121 votes
Community Based Organization category- 1 spot
- Sharon Fields- 72
- Debra Lovelace- 147 votes
Business category- 1 spot
- Anne Thomas- 37 votes
- Jerry Wilson- 169 votes
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Joseph Jenkins, Jr.
Carrie M. Wright
Community Based Organization category
Tristian S Jackson
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The Frayser Neighborhood Council is committed to doing its part to ensure all students in the Frayser Community get a high quality education that provides them the opportunity of being successful in college, career, and their community. To that end we want to push accountability and transparency on all the schools (SCS, ASD, SCS Charters, ASD Charters, and Private Schools) in our community by empowering and supporting parents to help make the decisions that they feel are best for their children.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Content taken from The Memphis Flyer newspaper
by Chris Shaw:
Deborah Lovelace has lived in Frayser's Denver Park neighborhood for years, and the park near her home, also called Denver Park, has been an eyesore for most of that time. After being nominated president of the Denver Park Neighborhood Association, Lovelace began dreaming up ways the community could improve the park.
Lovelace admits that before the police and community got involved, the old park wasn't a place she wanted to be.
"It was just kind of a secluded hole in the wall for crime," Lovelace said."People were in there just kind of hanging out and doing drugs, and other people would be threatened with violence by gang members if they tried to use the park. It was an intimidating place."
After Lovelace informed the MPD of what was going on in the park, they did more than just run out the gang members. Lovelace said the police went door to door to set up a neighborhood watch program and invited residents of the Denver Park neighborhood to attend neighborhood watch classes that instructed them how to fight back against crime.
And police didn't stop there. After concerns were raised about children playing basketball in the street in the area, police began an outreach program for the children of the neighborhood, taking them to basketball tournaments, the Memphis Pink Palace Museum, and other field trips around the city.
"We actually have a beautiful relationship with police and the community outreach program that they set up," Lovelace said. "They know all of our kids by name, and the kids run to the police instead of running away from them. We are all very familiar with each other because they've done such a wonderful job."
Even with a very successful youth outreach program, Denver Park still needs a lot of work. Currently, the only park equipment is a rusty swing, a broken basketball goal, and a raggedy fence that is supposed to function as a backstop for a baseball diamond. But now that the gang activity has ceased, Lovelace and the rest of the neighborhood feel safe organizing at Denver Park, and the police and neighborhood association have began holding annual events at the once-dangerous location.
"The police have more power than we have, but the difference is that they actually wanted citizen involvement. They got this project started and then handed it over to us, and it's just grown from there," Lovelace said.
When completed, the park will feature a pavilion with stationary barbecue grills, a refurbished basketball court, a half-mile walking trail, a playground, adult fitness equipment and plenty of space for free play and multi-purpose use. The city hopes to have the park completely refurbished by spring of next year.
"All these kids needed was somewhere to go, and now they are getting it," Lovelace said. "There are a lot of young people in this community, but there just wasn't anything to keep them busy. [Denver Park] never even had a bench or a water fountain. There was nothing there."