What a great turnout of stakeholders looking for ways to prevent crime and promote public safety in the Penrose, O’Fallon, and Fairground neighborhoods, and the rest of St. Louis City! Engaged citizens, elected officials, police officers, and service providers showed up early on a Saturday morning and stayed into the early afternoon for this great coming together. Thanks to everyone that came to listen and to participate–let’s continue the momentum and keep improving the city and neighborhoods we call home. Among others, we were pleased to be joined by St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad, 3rd Ward Alderman Brandon Bosley, State Rep. Steven Roberts, State Rep. Michael Butler, State Rep. Bruce Franks Jr., State Rep. Joshua Peters, Executive Director of the Community Development Administration (CDA) Alana Green, Neighborhood Development Executive of the Neighborhood Stabilization Team (NST) Dotti McDowell, acting St. Louis Police Chief Lt. Col. Lawrence O’Toole, St. Louis Police Sgt. Johnson, Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, Neighborhood Leadership Academy Director Claire Wolff, St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) Executive Director Kevin McKinney, and of course our very own NNA Executive Director Sal Martinez.
Aldermen Dan Guenther (9th Ward), Brandon Bosley (3rd Ward), and John Collins-Muhammad (21st Ward) joined residents and folks from the North Newstead Association and Brightside St. Louis (Operation Brightside) to clean up and beautify the butterfly garden in O’Fallon Park. The butterfly garden beautification just out front of the O’Fallon Park Rec Complex/O’Fallon Park YMCA was made possible thanks to the residents, Aldermen, and event sponsors Brightside St. Louis (Operation Brightside) and the St. Louis Philanthropic Organization. Thanks to everyone who came out and made this possible!