The President’s Message – July 2020

Greetings MPHA Neighbors,

I hope you and your family are doing well in these uncertain times.

I am currently serving as President of the Myers Park® Homeowners Association. I have lived in Myers Park most of my adult life and have served on the board for a number of years. I am very passionate about the neighborhood and committed to doing all that I can to keep it as one of the most beautiful neighborhoods anywhere. I consider it an honor to serve on your behalf.

Unlike most homeowner associations, membership in the MPHA is entirely voluntary. The board and officers are volunteers and serve because of their affinity for the neighborhood. If you are a member, Thank You. If you would like to join, we would love to have you. Membership is what enables us to continue to preserve and enhance the historical character and beauty of the neighborhood.

The central topic in the news today of course is covid-19; it dominates local, state and national news. In March, we adapted our lifestyles for what we thought would be at least a few weeks, but for an uncertain period beyond that. Young children are now home, moms and dads are home, adult children came back home, maybe even adult children with children returned home. Many returned for what they thought would be temporary and are now making the best of a much more than temporary stay. At first, it was for a few weeks until we figured things out. Then, a few months, now The….Whole… Year?

A wonderful attribute of our neighborhood is our network of sidewalks. These sidewalks are a good distance from the curb and away from traffic. On this note, have you ever seen so many folks out walking? And running? And pushing strollers? And walking dogs? It’s like, “We’re not going to let this pandemic get us down!” And, wow, I just didn’t realize how many babies and dogs we have!

Our trees are both a blessing and a challenge. Our canopy certainly is beautiful and the envy of many other neighborhoods; however, these trees are aging – some are as old as 100 years – and are becoming diseased (see the article on diseased trees in this issue), not to mention damage by storms and cankerworms. Fortunately, the cankerworm population has diminished in recent years. The MPHA is proud of its Tree Fund, which it uses to replace many lost trees.

One event that was impacted by covid-19 was our annual 4th of July parade. The last two years’ parades drew large, enthusiastic crowds to Queens University for a social gathering and a parade. We were not able to hold a similar family event in 2020, so instead, we took the parade to the neighborhood. Charlotte Fire Department’s Engine 6 lead a vintage car parade up and down a number of streets, much to the delight of festively-decorated spectators.

Neighbors and MPHA board members met with Mecklenburg County representatives regarding the future of DP Nature. DP Nature was built in the 1950’s and has been heavily used by school children and adults alike. The building is quite outdated and the County has proposed expanding and modernizing the facility. Many MP residents are supportive of keeping DP Nature where it is, but concerns have been raised regarding increased traffic, congestion and safety. County manager Dena Diorio and the Parks and Rec staff have listened to neighbor’s concerns and have made modifications to their plan. We appreciate their openness and willingness to collaborate on the expansion plans. Expansion planning may have slowed due to other priorities, like covid-19, but we look forward to continuing to work with the County on a mutually agreeable design.

I have been fortunate enough to meet many of you and hope to meet many more. I can be reached at info@mpha.com; I would love to hear from you.

Best regards and stay safe,

Charlie Welch