Museum Trail Clean Up Day

Saturday, October 24 beginning at 9:00am we are saying Welcome to the Neighborhood to the Museum Trail by cleaning it up! We could use all the volunteer help we can get and we can sign off on service hours.  The asphalt is going down at the end of the month or the beginning of November and once that happens we can no longer get a dumpster back there.

Come check out the progress and help us tidy things up!  We are meeting at Laurel Street Park to hand out garbage bags and gloves and then heading back to the trail to handle the dirty work.  Please email me at ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com for additional information or to send me your service hour form in advance.

The Museum Trail will connect the Mississippi Farmer’s Market and downtown museums to the Mississippi Children’s Museum and Natural Science Museum at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. Multi-use trails provide great venues for exercise and non-motorized transportation.

Pumpkins in the Park 2020 this Saturday!

Pumpkins in the Park will take place this Saturday, October 3 starting at 5:30pm in Belhaven Park located at 1000 Poplar Boulevard.

Pumpkins in the Park will be a little different this year.  We can’t have our usual group decorating, music and a movie BUT we can have a socially distanced Pumpkin Patch in the Park!  A huge thank you to Keifer’s Restaurant for making sure we have plenty of pumpkins to pick from.  The patch will open at 5:30pm and remain open until all the pumpkins are claimed.  We will also have prepackaged pumpkin decorating kits.

Since we can’t decorate in the Park as a big group and everyone loves to see each other’s pumpkins, let’s move the party to social media!  Get home and decorate away then post your pumpkin on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag the Greater Belhaven Foundation and use the hashtag #pumpkinsinthepark to be entered in a drawing for a gift card to Keifer’s!

When you come on Saturday, please wear a mask.  We will have the line marked at six feet apart.  There are limited pumpkins so they are for the little ones only, with only one pumpkin per child.

This event is free and open to the public thanks to our sponsor Keifer’s Restaurant and a generous grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Great Belhaven Fairy Hunt Starts Friday

The Great Belhaven Fairy Hunt is back on!   The houses will be in place by 3:00pm on Friday, September 25th and they will be collected at 8:00am Monday, September 28th.  This family friendly, socially distanced activity will take participants on a hunt for fun fairy houses all around Greater Belhaven.  Be sure to make note of your favorites, most of the houses will be available to purchase in an online auction coming soon.  Proceeds will go to benefit Belhaven Park.

You will have all weekend to hunt and post your pics on Social Media tagging the Greater Belhaven Foundation and use #greatbelhavenfairyhunt to be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to one of our amazing Greater Belhaven restaurants.

Instagram:          @greaterbelhaven

Facebook:           @GreaterBelhavenFoundation

Twitter:               @GreaterBelhaven

A huge thank you to our sponsors for making this possible:  Kats Wine & Spirits, Keifer’s Restaurant, Lou’s Full Serv, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Spectrum Sip, Shoe Bird Café & Urban Foxes.  This also would not be possible without a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission; thank you MAC!!

Two Neighborhood Events Coming Up Soon

The Great Belhaven Fairy Hunt is back on!  Mark your calendars for the weekend of September 25th and if it rains no worries, go ahead and mark the weekend of October 2.  A map will be released closer to the date.  The houses will be in place by 3:00pm on Friday, September 25th and they will be collected at 8:00am Monday, September 28th.  This family friendly, socially distanced activity will take participants on a hunt for fun fairy houses all around Belhaven.

You will have all weekend to hunt and post your pics on Social Media tagging the Greater Belhaven Foundation and use #greatbelhavenfairyhunt to be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to one of our amazing Greater Belhaven restaurants.

Instagram:       @greaterbelhaven

Facebook:           @GreaterBelhavenFoundation

Twitter:               @GreaterBelhaven

A huge thank you to our sponsors for making this possible:  Kats Wine & Spirits, Keifer’s Restaurant, Lou’s Full Serv, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Spectrum Sip, Shoe Bird Café & Urban Foxes.  This also would not be possible without a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission; thank you MAC!!

If you have your own fairy house you would like to hide in your yard, let me know by emailing ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com and I will add you to the map!!

Pumpkins is the Park is scheduled for Saturday, October 3 beginning at 5:30pm at Belhaven Park, 1000 Poplar Blvd.  Pumpkins will look very different this year.  We are not allowed to have the movie or music BUT we can have a pumpkin patch!  There will be several pumpkins available to come pick from as well as decorating kits.  Come get a pumpkin and take home to decorate!!  Pumpkins and kits are free and they will be distributed to children on a first come first serve basis.  Limit one pumpkin per child.  Be sure to tag Greater Belhaven Foundation in your posts of your finished pumpkins on Social and use #pumpkinsinthepark to be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to one of our amazing Greater Belhaven restaurants :

Instagram:       @greaterbelhaven

Facebook:           @GreaterBelhavenFoundation

Twitter:               @GreaterBelhaven

A huge thank you to Keifer’s Restaurant and to the Mississippi Arts Commission for making this event possible.

Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District Petition Update

The Greater Belhaven Foundation got wonderful news from the City of Jackson this week that they will accept electronic signatures created through DocuSign. This will make the Petition signing process easier during these socially distanced times. This decision came after the City legal department did extensive research through Attorney General opinions to determine that it is a permissible way to obtain signatures. We are currently 79 signatures away from reaching the statutorily required 60%. If you have not yet signed and want to please email ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com. During the Petition phase it is required that you be a parcel owner in order to sign. Once we turn the petition in and move to the election phase, everyone who is registered to vote in the District can participate.
The proposed Greater Belhaven Community Improvement District would generate an estimated $200,000 a year to be used exclusively in the Greater Belhaven District for a wide array of improvements. The funds can be used for additional security measures, enhancements, regular clean ups, as matching funds for grants to handle larger projects, and several other projects that will greatly benefit our neighborhoods. For more information please visit www.greaterbelhaven.com/community-improvement-district/ . There will be several town halls once the petition is submitted to give everyone a chance to submit and discuss all the ideas for how the money will be spent, your opinions are what will drive the master planning process. Help make Greater Belhaven the best that it can be!!!

Belhaven Heights Park’s Newest Addition

Belhaven Heights Park was selected as a recipient of public as part of the Fertile Ground Project. The mural artist is Graham Carraway and the piece in entitled “Wild Cat”.

The catfish is indicative of the ingenuity and resilience of Mississippians. In a state that’s mostly frowned upon by outsiders, we have remained at the forefront of the aquaculture industry. The same way much of America’s retailers within the catfish industry rely on one of its poorest regions, I believe Mississippi will soon be a serious contender in other sectors moving forward.

Community Partners: City of Jackson, Belhaven Heights Neighborhood Association, Greater Belhaven Foundation
The Fertile Ground Project uses public art as a medium to inspire dialogue about food insecurity in Mississippi. The project features nine physical art installations within food deserts across the city. The project brings together an interdisciplinary network of people such as artists, designers, architects, farmers, chefs, nutritionists, policymakers, and community members to discuss the complexities of our current food system and inspire new solutions. To learn more about The Fertile Ground Project visit https://fertilegroundjxn.com and follow them on Instagram and Facebook @thefertilegroundproject

What Can the CID Do for Greater Belhaven?

If you were out and about on Saturday, July 18 you may have noticed a street sweeping crew at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Peachtree Street. This type of work can become a more frequent occurrence with the creation of a Community Improvement District (CID). This crew, truck, and prep cost $125 an hour.
While driving around Downtown Jackson and Fondren you may notice individuals walking around picking up garbage, removing graffiti, and generally offering assistance; these are called Ambassadors. Downtown Jackson Partners and Fondren Renaissance use funds raised through their Business Improvement Districts to employ these Ambassadors. Several weeks ago we had a group of both volunteers and paid assistance to pick up the debris under the I-55 bridge at the end of Laurel Street. It can cost anywhere from $10 an hour to $15 an hour to have paid individuals providing this service on a regular basis. It is not just about the litter pick up; having individuals constantly on the move around the neighborhood also provides an additional level of surveillance.
We currently use the services of Securitas for our neighborhood patrols. The CID would provide us with funds to employ additional patrols by off duty police officers. Off duty police officers cost $25 an hour.
The creation of a Community Improvement District here in Greater Belhaven would create a steady stream of funds on a yearly basis of approximately $200,000 to be used for things such as what I listed above; however, there are so many other things we could explore through the master planning process. The funds can be used to enhance our parks, improve our sidewalks, purchase security cameras, match funds to larger grants which would allow for bigger projects, and a variety of other things.
Thank you to the over 950 neighbors and business owners who have signed so far!! We are 94 signatures away from being able to make Greater Belhaven the best it can be! For more information go to www.greaterbelhaven.com/community-improvement-district/ To sign today email ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com.

Museum Trail

The Museum Trail has been a long time project of the Foundation. The Foundation owns 38 acres along the interstate which a large portion of the trail will cut through. This large area of wooded land will offer a connect to nature for the City of Jackson. The 2.5 mile multi purpose trail will connect the downtown Museums and the Mississippi Farmer’s Market to the Mississippi Children’s Museum and the Natural Science Museum.
The Ground breaking for the Trail took place on Tuesday, July 14. Construction will begin this month and is scheduled to be completed in October of this year! Click here for footage from along the trail! https://drive.google.com/file/u/0/d/1yiYc7Qyn7ZGyxoxwRBAaB09SGt_ngKAo/view?usp=embed_facebook
Thank you to everyone who has had a hand in making this trail a reality!
Prior to the groundbreaking the Foundation held a clean-up day at the end of Laurel Street Park under the Interstate Bridge. The trail will run through this area and we wanted to give it a great start by cleaning it up! The Clean-up day consisted of volunteers from our Board and Ambassadors. The Community Improvement District would help generate approximately $200,000 on an annual basis to be used to towards neighborhood projects, one of which could be the hiring of Ambassadors like the ones used in the Business Improvement Districts in Jackson. These Ambassabors can cost anywhere from $10 to $15 an hour. Not only do they help keep things tidy they also serve as an extra set of eyes for security purposes. For more information on the Community Improvement District and how to help make it happen go to www.greaterbelhaven.com/Community-Improvement-District/

Bright Lights Belhaven Nights 2020 – “Together, Apart” Lighting it up and Making it Bright for Healthcare Workers August 8th

This year BLBN will take place in each and every yard in the neighborhood!
How will this work? If you want your musical act or band to perform at BLBN 2020 and you have a yard or porch available go for it! Just let me know where and what time you are playing and I will mark you on the map so people can stroll by! Want to have an arts or craft booth? Set it up in your yard or in a friend’s and let me know when and where and I will mark you on the map! Let me know by emailing me at ccreasey@greaterbelhaven.com
The idea came from a nationwide festival called “PorchFest” each homeowner contributes in their own special way to create a fun creative atmosphere throughout the neighborhood. It also allows each neighbor who wants to perform or set up shop a chance to showcase their talent. This is perfect for 2020 because it allows for social distancing while observing the spirit of Bright Lights.
Each homeowner who wants to participate is responsible for maintaining social distance on their property, please stay safe! Do your own thing, get out for a walk and say hello. Listen to you neighbor play some music or buy a painting from another. Order food from your favorite Belhaven restaurant, and have a picnic. Have the kids decorate your sidewalk and street! Most importantly be sure to put out your lights and make your yard shine bright! Let’s make it festive while being “Together, Apart”.
The map of “Goings Ons and To Dos” will be on the website and in a special newsletter going out the week of.
Do what you want all day with the grand finale being the night sky lit up bright to thank all of our healthcare workers.

#100ReasonsBelhaven

Be sure to check out and enter our social media contest “100 Reasons Belhaven”. We know there are way more than 100 reasons to love this wonderful place we call home and we want you to share your reason with us on social media. We also thought it would be a great way to highlight that we are only 100 signatures away from having what we need for our Community Improvement District Petition.
We are asking you to participate in the challenge by posting a pic or a video and sharing one of the reasons you love Belhaven on your social media accounts. You will also be tagging a neighbor(s) and challenging them to sign the petition and post a reason why they love Belhaven.
When posting to be entered in the contest please tag the Great Belhaven Foundation and use the hashtags: #100ReasonsBelhaven and #CountMeIn
Twitter: @GreaterBelhaven
Facebook: @Greater Belhaven Foundation
Instagram: @greaterbelhaven
We will repost and share you posts! Everyone who posts will also be entered in drawing for a gift card to one of our wonderful neighborhood restaurants!

Congratulations to the first week drawing winner Jane Halbert Jones!!!