Longtime Madera residents Mike and Diane Phelps hadn’t seen so many neighbors come out to eat, meet and play together for more than a decade. The neighborhood gathering, sponsored by the City of Madera’s Neighborhood Revitalization Department, drew nearly 75 people to Double Tree Way Park, off Liberty Lane and Double Tree Way on Saturday.
“We had a really good turnout. There’s more people than the last one because there are more homes and neighbors,” said Diane.
Attendees provided dishes for a potluck. A fire engine was on display. Children played games. City officials visited with residents, a door prize was given and raffles were hosted.
It was a celebration of the residents’ commitment to Lincoln Neighborhood, as neighbors completed the Neighborhood Watch training program, have paid for Neighborhood Watch yard signs and are still fundraising for street signs. Lincoln Neighborhood is the first formally organized neighborhood in Madera. The Lincoln Neighborhood Association has officers and board members registered with the City, said Sue Saunders, a Neighborhood Outreach Specialist who also lives there and helped organize the block party...