West Charlotte’s Reid Park community was selected in 2012 by Habitat Charlotte—seven years after building its first home there—as the affiliate’s first Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) partner. Habitat for Humanity International launched the NRI program to help affiliates transform entire neighborhoods using a holistic approach – connecting residents, nonprofits, businesses, local governments and communities of faith to create and implement a shared vision of revitalization.
From 2005 through 2012 Habitat Charlotte completed a total of 37 projects in Reid Park and in 2012 created the position of Community Outreach Coordinator to ensure continuity of the NRI work there.
Habitat’s NRI achievements in Reid Park have attracted significant community and corporate investment, and many of the affiliate’s high-profile builds have been completed there including Women Build, Veterans Build and the 30-Hour Build that was a focal point of the affiliate’s 30th Anniversary Celebration in 2013. In addition to construction projects, Habitat Charlotte and the Reid Park Neighborhood Association have co-hosted a community-wide clean-up event, a block party, parade and neighborhood festival.
During FY2014-15 Habitat’s plans for Reid Park include six new homes, three critical home repair projects of older, owner-occupied homes, refurbishing two abandoned homes, and completing six “A Brush with Kindness” projects.
In 2012 Habitat Charlotte donated the property and provided volunteer support for the building of a KaBOOM! playground for the children of Reid Park, and the Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation department now has plans to develop a beautiful new neighborhood park in the middle of the community. Public art installations will be included to reflect Reid Park’s rich history, as well as the accomplishments and assets its residents have to offer.
The neighborhood is gaining momentum and each proposed project is just one more component in the renewal of Reid Park as a safe, diverse, beautiful, and self-sufficient community.
Photos from our KaBOOM! Playground Build