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Come help us with neighborhood projects!

Photo by Henrietta Wildsmith

Looking to get involved in neighborhood projects?

Join us on Saturday, Feb. 23, for a fun work day to paint the Highland Arch and install historic district signs across the neighborhood.

The city recently painted new bike lanes along Marshall Street south of downtown that lead into Highland, and we want to ensure our neighborhood gateway looks its best.

 

We’ll be spending the morning of Saturday, Feb. 23 painting the Highland Arch at Marshall and Gilbert Streets and installing historic district signs. We welcome your help.

 

We’ll meet at 10 a.m. at the Highland Arch and divide into groups to tackle sign installation and arch painting. We’ll bring the tools, ladders and supplies. We just need you 😊  

 

The day is a great way to also meet our board of directors and find out what else is planned for this year.

 

Questions? Email us at [email protected]

Share your Highland knowledge with us

Calling all Highland history buffs!

Highland Restoration Association needs your help.  One of our projects in 2019 is to design and construct mile markers along the walking path at Highland Park. These won’t just be any mile markers! Each will showcase fun facts about our historic neighborhood.

SPAR (Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation) will install the markers this spring alongside a host of other park improvements, including new playground equipment, benches and updated signage at the Olive Street entrance.

Got ideas for factoids?

Email them to [email protected]

Highland Park to get a new look in 2019

Highland Park is getting a makeover in 2019.

ReForm Shreveport, City of Shreveport, SWEPCO and Highland Restoration Association each have planned renovation projects within the neighborhood park this year. Each project has a different timeline but all improvements should be completed by this spring. 

Here is an overview of what you can expect this year:

  • Updated playground equipment as well as the rubber mulch surface material.  
  • Removing the current structure at the Olive Street park entrance and replacing it with a new entry way.  
  • The pavilion will be painted and picnic tables will be replaced once pavilion painting is complete.  
  • Installation of a bike repair station.
  • Installation of path distance markers provided by Highland Restoration Association
  • Updated signage
  • SWEPCO is replacing the existing nine street lights within the park with 15 flood lights. “It’s really going to light up the park,” said Keith MacFarland, principal customer service account representative at SWEPCO. The updated lighting is expected to be completed in January, he said.

 

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY

Your membership with Highland Restoration Association is vital.  Please join us today!

Join Today

Membership is our #1 way to fund the majority of our neighborhood activities. Pay online through secure PayPal account or mail check to:

HRA – 520 Olive Street
Shreveport, LA 71104
$10 – Seniors (60+)
$25 – Singles & Household

$100—Commercial Business

 

 

HRA WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The Highland Restoration Association is pleased to announce the 2018 board members for the organization. Welcome to our newest board members.

James Carstensen moved into the Highland neighborhood in 1988 with his family and grew up on Prospect Street. He is a master craftsman with a passion for restoring older homes. “I love the culture and diversity of my Highland neighbors and the charm and character of the homes. I look forward to working with the other members of the HRA board to help any way I can.”

 

 

 

Jada Durden is a journalist and blogger and busy woman about town whose brand is lovingthislifejada. Jada said she found her home in Highland soon after she moved here and has been thriving and loving it ever since.

 

 

Madison Poche brought her enthusiasm and energy to Shreveport when she moved from New Orleans. She loves Highland’s proximity to downtown, the bike lanes, the historic architecture, and the general vibe in Highland. Madison works for SRAC, and recently purchased a home in Highland.

 

 

Holly Roca is a Los Angeles transplant and a realtor with Keller Williams Realty who is active in the Highland market. Her interests include historic guidelines and increasing property values in our historic neighborhood.  Her strengths that she brings to the board include building community relations and promoting partnerships.

 

 

Highland Restoration Association welcomes all the new board members, and we look forward to working with them to preserve and enhance our historic neighborhood under the direction of our new board president, Michele Marcotte. Michele agreed to serve as president for 2018 after doing a great job as Chair of the 2017 Highland Holiday Tour of Homes.

Returning board members include Janelle Willis, Vice President; Iris Harper, Secretary; and Barbara Ramsey, Treasurer; and Marsha Millican Gill; Kevin May; Melinda Purcell; Andy Shehee; and Sydni Smith.

We thank board members rotating off the board this year for their service: Darel LaBeau; Tyler Spears; and Tom Arceneaux who will continue to serve HRA as an adviser on zoning issues. Teresa Edgerton-Scott is also a former board president who serves as a general adviser to the board.

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