Ganthers Place was officially established in 2003. We hit the ground running and haven't stopped since! Our mission was simple, to clean up our streets (both literally and figuratively) to allow residents to enjoy a safe neighborhood. Together, we've sucessfully done this and so much more.
Over the years apathy has been replaced with momentum. We have a top notch Block Watch that has made the news multiple times, so law breakers beware!
Through regular litter pick up and diligently reporting code violations, conditions within our boundaries continue to improve.
The Ganthers Place Park for All People, dedicated in 2008, is now a beautiful gathering place for residents, their pets, their friends and family.
The Green ‘N Things Park, dedicated in 2011, is now a functional gathering space where residents can work, grow, and nourish both the gardens and themselves. Residents in Ganthers Place have access to tomatoes, radishes, squash, strawberries, onions, lettuce, and many other vegetables. Residents are not only receiving vegetables, but they are learning how to grow and maintain their section of the garden. Residents bring their friends and family to our parks for festivals, food, relaxation, and education. Our vibrant parks bring new residents, visitors, business partners, and other neighborhoods to Ganthers Place.
NEW! Community Grounds is your third park in Ganthers Place. Located at Siebert St. and 17th, it features a Little Library "Take a Book Leave a Book" and many picnic tables to relax and share a moment with family and friends.
Our twelve annual events provide regular opportunities for fellowship. Annual community events such as our Egg Hunt, Earth Day, Jazz and Art Festival, Garden Tour, National Night Out, Beggars Night, Trunk or Treat, Toy Giveaway, and Lighting of the Luminaries have served the sustainability of resident engagement. Resident engagement battles complacency and cultivates the foundation of a safe and happy community. From complimentary salads from the garden to live music from our stage to the approximately 80 families per year who are provided with gifts under their tree during our holiday events, you will always leave our events with full hands and a full heart. We look back at pictures from our humble beginnings, and can't help but swell with pride over all that we've accomplished.
September 10, 2014 - Ganthers Place officially became a Civic Association.
We are a community. We are proud. We are Ganthers Place. Near future plans include:
*Completion of our mural on the corner of Reinhard Avenue by artist Joshua Mullins.
*Trees planted on remaining streets as funds and donations are made available.
*Continued collaboration with other South Side neighborhoods.
GET INVOLVED! It is your city-- where you work, live, and play. All residents and supporters of Ganthers Place are encouraged to get involved in our neighborhood efforts. For more information email us at GanthersPlace@gmail.com Special thanks to Southside resident Bob Grove for making these historical pictures available for all of us to enjoy.
Ganthers Place History
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead
Special thanks to Southside resident Bob Grove for making the historical pictures available to us.
In Ganthers Place we did more than organize a block watch. We organized a neighborhood movement. Procuring donations and grants, we were able to obtain two vacant lots and with the help of neighbors, our community now has two beautiful and functional parks... Ganthers Park for all People and Greens and Things Park.
NEW! Community Grounds is our third park in Ganthers Place. Located at Siebert St. and 17th, it features many picnic tables to relax and share a moment with family and friends.
We now have many organized events - our largest "The Ganthers Place Garden Tour" draws a crowd of hundreds from all around. A big thank you to all of the volunteers and neighbors for coming together and making this a strong and vibrant community and keeping our events dynamic. Thanks Ken for your commitment in promoting our events and keeping them successful.
Lets keep the movements alive!