Channel Your Spring Fever—and Plan
By this time of year, we’re all looking forward to the change of seasons—or at least the end of winter. For many of us, spring fever is an annual affliction, with a restlessness and desire to get outdoors and DO something. Far too often, there really is nothing to do out there, with spring still hovering on the horizon. Maybe this year, we could channel that restless spring fever energy into our community.
Early spring is a great time to take a critical look around our neighborhood and our community with an objective eye. When the warmer weather really arrives, we could organize a clean-up drive that does more than remove the accumulated winter litter. Are there homes and buildings that need the help of a crew of volunteers? Now is the time to get those volunteers on board, or start the conversation among our colleagues at work. Maybe your service club needs a project for spring—or even better, make a clean-up, paint-up, fix-up campaign a competitive event for the whole community. Now is the time to get organized and plan.
Planning is also a vital element in finding innovative ways to make improvements to our parks and recreational options. Need new playground equipment? There may be grants or programs from state or national organizations that could fund ADA-approved upgrades. Working together well in advance of actual installation dates gives you a chance to make important contacts that could pay off in the near future. Planning now for summer projects also gives volunteers a better chance to interface with elected officials to make any project a community-wide goal.
Most of all, this is a time of year when we can begin the planning process and let spring fever—and our imaginations—run wild. There’s nothing that is impossible at the end of winter if we channel that restless energy into a desire to make our community an even better place to live.
Community Planning: Principles A-Z
These principles—which really do include suggestions under letters in the alphabet—are a logical, practical list of ways to improve community planning. Great for generating ideas and conversations, these suggestions could be broken up and distributed to community volunteers over an extended period of time.