The 27th Park Place Picnic on Abbott Street took place on Sunday June 1, 2014. Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors, firefighters, entertainers and CitiParks for making it possible! And of course, thank you to all the neighbors who came out to have fun and contributed a side dish or dessert. Summer is here. With kids out of school and longer daylight hours, it is especially important to Pledge to drive 25. Continue the campaign we started last fall, and keep your speed low! Another important way to keep everyone safe is to make sure you don’t park too close to intersections, driveways or crosswalks…this can make it hard for drivers to see pedestrians attempting to cross the street. We recently had a traffic study conducted in the neighborhood, which confirmed what we already knew…lots of fast driving and pretty terrible and inconsistent signage and paint to show where parking is illegal. We hope to correct some of those problems in the coming months. Our next big neighborhood event will be National Night Out on Tuesday August 6, 2014. Neighbors of the 100 block of South Braddock (by the Walgreens) will once again be hosting an ice cream social, and there will be lots of porch parties going on throughout Park Place. If you want to get involved, this is a great, easy way to do so. Make a pitcher of lemonade and invite your neighbors to join you. Organize a basketball game in your driveway. Put out some water so dog walkers will linger and chat for a little bit. Or cruise the neighborhood yourself and meet some new people. Most of the events happen between 6 and 8 pm. And finally, make sure to put Thursday September 18 at 7:00pm on your calendar. That’s GPPNA’s Annual Meeting and we’ll be electing new officers as well as discussing some important projects coming up. Last year’s meeting with speaker Ken Doyno was very interesting and really helped to guide a number of neighborhood improvement projects…including the Traffic Study we recently took part in. And finally…summer unfortunately often means an increase in crime. Be sure to secure windows with air conditioners in them, keep ground floor windows and doors locked, and report all suspicious activity to 911. Have a fun and safe summer, Park Place neighbors!