GBF Releases Plans for New Belhaven Park Stage

The Greater Belhaven Foundation released their plans to begin a capital campaign to construct a stage in Belhaven Park at their Annual Party on November 6. The Greater Belhaven Foundation slated Belhaven Park as one of its main projects in regards to long term planning in 2006.

The park had been neglected for the 30 years prior and had become a blight on the community. Within a short period of time with hard work and a collaborative effort between the GBF, the City of Jackson, residents and business owners the park has become a wonderful gathering place and a remarkable venue for the arts.

The Greater Belhaven Foundation is preparing to embark on the final phase of improvement of Belhaven Park, the Belhaven Park Stage. Studies have shown that Parks do not only serve to make areas “pretty” they are a driving force of economic development.

The addition of the stage will make Belhaven Park an even more appealing venue for outdoor performing arts, bringing additional visitors to our neighborhood and welcoming them to explore all that Greater Belhaven has to offer.

The Foundation would like to thank Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopeadic Center for providing the seed money for the project.

Heart of Greater Belhaven Award Recipients

The Greater Belhaven Foundation presented the First “Heart of Greater Belhaven” Award to Bill and Nan Harvey at the Annual Party on November 6. This award goes to a neighbor and resident who truly represents the “Heart “of Greater Belhaven.

Bill and Nan Harvey wrote a complete history of both Belhaven and Belhaven Heights which will be treasured for many years to comes. They are long time supporters of the Foundation. Thank you Bill and Nan for loving Greater Belhaven and helping to preserve her history and embodying the “Heart” of Belhaven. The Harveys’ issued the following statement:

“We appreciated the kind remarks made at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting regarding the our articles on the Belhaven and Belhaven Heights neighborhoods. I do wish the neighborhood to know that Nan and I are a team, deserving equal credit. I do the writing. Nan does the research, the editing, the photography, corrects my spelling and punctuation and keeps me focused. I could not do these projects without her steady hand. Jesse Yancy publishes our work in his blog and does an excellent job with layout and design and the neighborhood itself contributes greatly through interviews, suggestions and contacts. Success has many fathers. Thank all of you so very much.”

Join us for “Puppets in the Park!”

Join the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation and Puppet Arts Theatre for “The Princess and the Pea” Saturday, October 13 beginning at 11:00 am. The program includes a fast paced introduction to puppetry with a demonstration on puppet making. The program culminates with the story written by Hans Christian Anderson. If it rains we will be on Belhaven Campus follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

This event is part of the Being Belhaven Art Series and is made possible by the Mississippi Arts Commission.
The event is free and open to the public.

Become a sponsor of “Belhaven Boo!”

Hi Neighbors! The Belhaven Garden Club is busy organizing our yearly Halloween block party- “Belhaven Boo!”

For those of you who are not familiar, this is a family-friendly event with trick or treating, food trucks, live music, games for the kids, etc.

We have had such great support from our neighbors in the past, and we hope that we can count on you all again. Please consider being a Spooky Sponsor for $100.00 or a Boo Believer for $50.00. Spooky Sponsors will be recognized on our sign at the event and receive 6 tickets to the event. Boo Believers will receive 4 tickets to the event. Businesses, individuals, or families are welcomed to sponsor.

If you are interested, please contact Amanda McGuffey at 434-987-8027 or send a check to 1821 Lyncrest Avenue. Candy donations are also being accepted and can be dropped off at the address listed above. Thank you so much, and we are looking forward to another great year!!

Click here for the Evite link for the Garden Club party in two weeks.

Be a part of the Belhaven Heights Mural Unveiling Celebration

The Mississippi Heritage Trust, The Oaks House Museum and Belhaven Residential invite you to their mural unveiling on Thursday, May 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. at both Belhaven Residential and The Oaks House Museum.

Bring your chairs and blankets and prepare for a family evening of music, food and face painting but most importantly a beautiful new addition to the Historic Belhaven Heights Neighborhood. Jackson native Douglas Panzone is the commissioned artist. Panzone will be working on the wall located on the north end of the Belhaven Residential office building at 730 N Jefferson for approximately two weeks beginning April 23, 2018.

The Belhaven Heights mural is a partnership between The Mississippi Heritage Trust, The Oaks House Museum and Belhaven Residential to create a landmark of interest in Belhaven Heights that symbolizes the theme of preservation, which is central to the mission of The Mississippi Heritage Trust.

The hope is that pedestrians and bicyclists using the Museum Trail will also visit this mural and enjoy the garden and home of The Oaks House Museum located at 823 N. Jefferson Street. A significant portion of the funding for this project comes from the Mississippi Humanities Council and Mississippi Development Authority for the Bicentennial celebration. Additional funding was provided by Pyron Group, First Commercial Bank and Behr Paint.

Sylvandell Historical Marker installed in Greater Belhaven

Belhaven Improvement Association (BIA) is working hard to #PreserveBelhaven and to tell the fascinating stories of this great neighborhood (MS’s largest historic district). Sylvandell is one of those great stories! Sylvandell was a whimsical development by L.L. Mayes in the early 1920s. Read the great article (March 1929) from The Jackson Daily News for more details.

The beautiful gateway (see photo) was sculpted by Mr J. Barras – it sat at the dead end of Pinehurst into StMary. The female “nymph” statue still sits in a driveway just a few houses south from this site (the male statue is missing – BIA will give a reward to anyone who can locate it!). If you drive to the intersection of St Mary and Pinehurst, you can still see the edge of this beautiful gateway feature… go check it out and be sure to read the article!

We are excited to announce that BIA has obtained approval for 12 new Mississippi Historical Markers through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) – this will make 15 for the neighborhood!

BIA is working with MDAH and the City of Jackson to promote the unique history of the Belhaven Historic District. These markers will create a unique “walking trail” of the Belhaven Historic District for all to enjoy.

We hope to expand this trail into neighboring historic districts and create a great tourist attraction for the whole Capital City! Please let us know if there are any other sites that you would like to nominate (email info@ourbelhaven.com). More to come…

(Article submitted by Belhaven Improvement Association)

Spring 2018 Neighborhood Security Update · GBSA

There are many great reasons to join the GBSA!

  • From November through January, our Securitas Officers responded to hundreds of calls from you, regarding legitimate security concerns.  Most were involving suspicious individuals, activities or vehicles driving through or parked in our neighborhoods.  Almost half of those calls were from non-member neighbors, who we’d love to join our GBSA Security Team!
  • With 24 entrances/exits into Belhaven and 14 into Belhaven Heights, it is hard to keep up with car and foot traffic entering neighborhoods.  A Rolling Patrol unit, along with watchful neighbors, is one of the best ways to stay on top of that activity.  We ALL need to do our part!
  • Just over 300 of your concerned, pro-active neighbors make up the current members/ Security Team of GBSA.  They pay for an Armed, Rolling Patrol Officer, 24/7/365, that we ALL benefit from.  Members also get numerous additional, personalized services.  We need more of our neighbors to stand up and help out by joining the GBSA Security Team!
  • With 100 more GBSA members, we can have an off-duty JPD officer, coordinating security patrols with our Securitas officers, 4 hours a night/early morning, 7 days a week.  This could have a strong impact on the safety and security of our neighborhoods.  With well over 1,000 households in both neighborhoods, 100 more GBSA Security Team Members is really not a lot to ask.  It’s well worth the $0.74 per day for your first year!
  • An Additional Rolling Patrol, during high-crime hours, could be one of the best ways to keep “live eyes” on who is roaming around during the late night hours.  That, in addition to the new cameras on selected entrances, can greatly discourage the criminal element from targeting our neighborhoods.  Some neighborhoods who have no security patrol or who have discontinued their patrol have seen occasional increases in criminal activities.  We don’t want that in our Greater Belhaven Community.

Join the GBSA Team – “March Madness” Special:

GBSA is having a “New Member Special” from now until April 15.  For only $270 (25% OFF the regular price of 12 months), you can receive your first year’s membership in GBSA (a $360 value).  Click here to download your application or pick up at 1440 North State and your check or Bank Draft Form.  It’s that simple to help make a difference in the safety and security of our neighborhood.

Please join The GBSA Team today!  We Are Right Around the Corner!!

John Lewis, Greater Belhaven Security Association

1440 North State Street, 601-353-0800