The Highlands-Douglass Neighborhood Association (HDNA) is a community organization overseen by a 16 member board elected by its members at the annual meeting. The board oversees several committees, which work in specific areas to serve the neighborhood, including: beautification, communications, events, membership and safety. For those of you who love the neighborhood but are not sure what the board does to benefit our community, here are a few of HDNA’s greatest hits.
- HDNA hosts the annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social, member mixers, as well as other events such as the Highlands-Douglass Movie on the Lawn.
- HDNA publishes a biannual newsletter, The Neighbor, which keeps people up to date on issues important to our community.
- HDNA coordinates email communication and maintains a presence in social media, allowing for notification and discourse on issues of common concern.
- HDNA organized neighborhood meetings with New Directions Housing Corporation and Douglass Boulevard Christian Church to voice the neighborhood’s concerns over the transition of Briney Hall into Woodbourne House.
- HDNA sponsors the April Arbor Day tree give-away.
- HDNA maintains two gardens, the Douglass Park garden and the rose garden along Bardstown Road.
- HDNA supported the landmarking of the Twig and Leaf building and sign.
- HDNA supported efforts to preserve the Hogan’s Fountain Pavilion/Teepee in Cherokee Park.
- HDNA united neighbors to save Bus Route 29.
- HDNA supported Tom Owen’s efforts to modulate the noise from the car wash at Wallace and Taylorsville.
- HDNA represented member concerns over the redesign and construction of the River City Bank.
In general, HDNA strives to serve in the best interests of the neighborhood. The association assists the neighborhood in understanding and making decisions about its collective future and responding with respect to proposed changes in zoning, development or other matters that could affect the nature and character of the neighborhood. HDNA has also advocated for more public input in areas that impact our neighborhood by requesting that public hearings and meetings be held at more opportune times in the affected area rather than during work hours at an inconvenient downtown location.
Your HDNA Board listens to your concerns and makes every effort to build on your talents and interests. We work to ensure our neighborhood continues to evolve in an intentional manner keeping our community vibrant, safe, and diverse.