Blythe Oldfield celebration hours Saturday are moved

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 11/16/17

Impact Cleveland and the Blythe Oldfield neighborhood are planning a big celebration on Saturday. But, there have been some late changes.The community's new playground has been completed, and …

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Blythe Oldfield celebration hours Saturday are moved

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Impact Cleveland and the Blythe Oldfield neighborhood are planning a big celebration on Saturday. But, there have been some late changes.

The community's new playground has been completed, and Saturday is a chance for the community's kids to try it out during the opening of the new city park.

The celebration and the opening of the park was scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m., but changes were made Wednesday afternoon.

Impact Cleveland Director Dustin Tommy said it has been decided to change the times to 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., due to the anticipation of bad weather moving into the area in the early afternoon.

"We want to get as much into the celebration as we can," said Tommey on Wednesday.

Activities will include food, music, games and a short program.

Tommey added that the planned program will also be scaled back somewhat, with the new times and incoming weather.

The South Cleveland neighborhood, and Impact Cleveland, are using this event, and opening of the new park, to mark continued growth and renovation in the neighborhood, including community upgrades through the Extreme Energy Makeovers Grant it received from the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Tommey emphasized Wednesday that the success of the neighborhood upgrades can be greatly credited to Impact Cleveland's partnerships with TVA, the City of Cleveland, and Cleveland Utilities. 

Representatives of these agencies have been invited to Saturday's celebration, as well as City Council members, city staff, and the general public.

"Others have also contributed to our success," Tommey added, singling out the Boys and Girls Club of the Ocoee Region (Blythe Unit), the 100 Black Men of Bradley County, the Blythe/Oldfield Community Association, and Smart Choice Credit Union.

With a recent TVA grant, Impact Cleveland is utilizing $3.75 million dollars to energy retrofit homes.

With repair partners (Habitat for Humanity, Ocoee Outreach, and Southeast TN Development District) the organization is transforming more than 400 homes, and improving the quality of life for these residents.

Tommey thanked parent agency United Way of Bradley County, as well as the Cleveland Housing Authority, CLEAResult, and others.

Impact Cleveland has sponsored a number of events in the community, prior to Saturday's park opening.

Among those events, averaging 200 in attendance, were the Spring Fling, the Blythe Summer Splash, Fall Fright Fest, and partiesof the community garden.

Tommey announced recently that Impact Cleveland has received its 501(c)(3) status, and is moving out from under the umbrella of The United Way.

The Blythe/Oldfield Neighborhood Watch is on the National Neighborhood Watch Registry, has grown to over 30 members, and has nine resident block captains. The group meets at 6 p.m. on the last Monday of every month at the old Blythe Elementary School.

Impact Cleveland has also partnered with The Refuge, and Cleveland State Community College's Workforce Development Program, OneSource, to improve employment opportunities for residents in the community.

Impact Cleveland also works to assist existing business owners, and  is attempting to attract  new investment to the community.

Saturday's park opening is an opportunity to celebrate these neighborhood successes, although Tommey admit there remains a long way to go.

If you are attending Saturday's playground/park opening,  plan to go a little earlier than you originally anticipated.


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The South Cleveland neighborhood, and Impact Cleveland, are using this event, and opening of the new park, to mark continued growth and renovation in the neighborhood, including community upgrades through the Extreme Energy Makeovers Grant it received from the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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