With the week of March 26 marking the 100th anniversary of the 1913 flood, McPherson Town residents have been reflecting on what those who lived in our homes might have gone through in those frightening days. Most of the homes in our little neighborhood were submerged in cold rushing water over 14 feet deep. It is amazing that so many of those wood structures weathered the flood and the 100 years since then! We thank all those who have gone before us for their heroism and efforts. We wouldn’t be here today without them.
Thank you to EVERYONE who made this year’s home tour a big success! Thank you to our Tour Sponsor, RTA and to our Promotional Partner, Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. Also thanks to our individual home sponsors, Requarth-Supply One, Scarff’s Nursery & Landscape, Kamela & Co. Realty, Habitat for Humanity, Oregon Printing, Ed Smith Flowers, Jimmie’s Ladder 11, Roost Modern Italian Restaurant, The Wine Gallery, Jey Ellis & Evelyn Davidson/Coldwell Banker-Heritage Realtors, and Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery. Thanks to our other advertisers, all the MANY neighborhood volunteers, and especially to ALL our guests who allowed us to share our beautiful historic neighborhood with them! We enjoyed every minute!
McPherson’s newest house has arrived. The McPherson Town Little Free Library is part of a national grassroots movement to promote the love of reading and build a sense of community. The house was built by the father of one of the neighborhood residents and was installed in the neighborhood park. Neighbors quickly stocked the library with books of all kinds. Stop by and check it out!
RiverScape MetroPark, just across the river from McPherson Town, has been so successful in bringing people to the river. Now, River Run will get people into the river. Backers of the project to remake the Great Miami River downtown into a water recreation attraction say they’ve raised $3.8 million and will now seek cash contributions from the public to raise the remaining $200,000.
UPDATE! On Oct. 25, 2012 – The Downtown Dayton Partnership announced that the $4 million goal has been met! Construction begins in 2013.
The Great Miami River plays a significant role in the lives of McPherson Town residents. It is only fitting that a group of us volunteer time to keep it clean. More than 15 residents participated in the annual Five Rivers MetroParks Adopt-a-Park event, designed to make volunteers environmental stewards for a day. Many bags of trash and recyclables were picked up from the river banks in an effort to improve the health of the river corridor for both wildlife and people of the region. Many thanks to those who made it out, despite the chilly and damp weather!
A team of McPherson Town neighbors were part of the more than 300 people that volunteered about 900 hours of their time to work the inaugural First Four Festival in Dayton’s Oregon District. The festival celebrated “Selection Sunday” as well as the city hosting the first round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Thousands of people kicked off “March Madness” at the event…and enjoyed an amazing spring day to watch basketball in the streets of our city!