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Accomplishments/Goals

Each year the EWPA Board of Directors develops and implements projects to improve the neighborhood. Below is a summary of our current work.

Goals/Priorities for 2015

  • Board Roles and Responsibilities — the board has created a set of tasks required for EWPA operations. This set of tasks, and the associated descriptions, timelines, and point person will be refined over the year.

  • Long-term Budgets — to maintain our trails, bridges, and common areas, the board will be developing a long and short term goals and the budgets to support them.

  • Policy Development — The board is continuing to develop policies to oversee all functions of the EWPA, including tree removal in common areas, neighborhood trail improvement and maintenance, road safety management, and other responsibilities of the organization.

  • Continued Trail Work —There are a few more places where pavement needs repair or replacement and we’d like to install a bench or two.

  • Expand the Welcome Wagon program — Do more to connect people to resources and people within our community. We are seeking people who want to help.

Future Forward: 2016 Focus

  • By-Laws / CCR Updates — we will be exploring potential amendments to address rules that no longer make sense regarding cul-de-sacs. If cul-de-sac owners agree to changes, then a vote would go out to the entire membership.

  • Continued Trail Work —There are a few more places where pavement needs repair or replacement and we’d like to install a bench or two.

Significant Accomplishments to Date in 2015

posted Jun 4, 2015, 11:47 AM by Edgewood West Park Association   [ updated Nov 27, 2015, 6:37 PM ]

  • Budgeting — the Board has worked on identifying both basic operating budget and a long-term budget to accommodate infrastructure needs. At this time, we have identified the following needs:
    • Lochmoor Path — replacement is schedule to take place in 2016. This path is concrete, sloped and extremely slippery in the winter. The path will be replaced with crushed gravel, similar to the Brae Burn and Normandy trails.
    • Trail Head Improvements — over the next three years, we will be working to improve the trailheads. Currently, the majority of the trailheads are not maintained. This project will focus on developing a low-maintenance approach while at the same time increasing curb appeal.
    • Bridge over Lochmoor Culvert — construction of a bridge over an existing culvert is planned for 2019.
    • Brae Burn Loop Redesign — 2020 is the projected timeline for redesigning this portion of the common area. A concrete loop at the end of the Brae Burn trail will either need to be replaced or redesigned.

  • Board Roles and Responsibilities — the Board has created a set of tasks required for EWPA operations. To learn more what the EWPA Board does, you can review the tasks, and the associated descriptions, timelines, and point person are available online. Click here to view the document.

  • Bulk Mailing — In years past, board members laboriously spent hours folding, stuffing, mailing invoices, newsletters, and other items. We have transitioned to a bulk mailing service provided by the Springfield School District's PrintShop so that we can provide a PDF and addresses of what we need mailed. This has saved much time and effort and resulted in efficient mailings to our members.

Significant Accomplishments in 2014

posted Jun 4, 2015, 11:20 AM by Edgewood West Park Association   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 12:35 PM ]


  • Trail Repaving Project -  Significant trail development to repair and replace failing asphalt was completed on the Normandy Trail. You may have noticed that the stairs and asphalt are gone and have been replaced with a more natural, non-slip gravel trail design. 
  • Traffic Safety Project - The 12 traffic control signs around the neighborhood requesting drivers keep their pace to 25 miles per hour are still up and in great shape. We do have a few left if anyone would like one to display in their front yard. 
  • Tree Removal — Downed trees were removed after winter storms.

  • Trail Maintenance — In the fall of 2014, the Board decided that it was time to hire some help and phase out the volunteer work parties dedicated to trail clean up for two specific reasons. First, the volunteer basis was pretty small with an average age of over 60 years old. Second, with the ongoing concern about fire danger, we felt that it was imperative to remove more debris than our volunteer group was able to do. Our first experience with extensive help came from the NYC, which did an outstanding job. The result: improved trail experience and reduced fire hazard.

  • Online Invoices — after an extensive transition to an online bookkeeping system, we now have an online invoice system that provides an alternative for our members to pay their dues electronically. This resulted in automated receipts for members and automatic deposits for the EWPA.

Significant Accomplishments in 2013

posted Jun 4, 2015, 11:18 AM by Edgewood West Park Association   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 11:18 AM ]

  • Trail Repaving Project - The neighborhood trail which begins at approximately 310 Braeburn and runs between Lochmoor Place and Brookside Drive (see Trail Maps) was repaved in February this year. The eroding asphalt was removed and replaced with crushed rock edged with logs to form a surface that is much nicer to walk on, drains water efficiently, and will last much longer. This work was carried out by local trail builder Bruce Maederer who did a terrific job. The board has received numerous positive reports on this improvement. Be sure to walk this new path and enjoy the upgrade.
  • Traffic Safety Project - We have installed 12 traffic control signs around the neighborhood requesting drivers keep their pace to 25 miles per hour. The response to these warning signs has been very positive. Help keep our pristine neighborhood safe for all by observing the speed limit.
  • Neighborhood Work Party - On April 27, 2013, we held our annual trail cleanup project to clear the common areas of debris and unwanted growth. Despite the low turnout, a significant amount of undergrowth and dead wood was moved out the the streets and hauled away. This effort improves our trails substantially and reduces fire hazard during the warm summer months. We invite all residents to consider joining us next year to assist with this important work.
  • EWPA Website - This site establishes an information link for all members of the association to learn about the organization and receive timely updates on community events and news. This has been developed and implemented by Lynn Lary. Please check back often to stay informed; or better yet, become a contributor.

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