It's hard to believe that it's been 12 months since the Knollwood Neighborhood Association began its first year of membership. October marks the annual $40 renewal for membership in the Association, and we hope you will continue to give and encourage other neighbors to join.
Over the past year, we've hosted three community events. The Fall Festival was a big success, and this year's festival will take place this Sunday, Oct. 13. For pictures of last year's Fall Festival, click here. After rain washed out the 1st Annual Knollwood Easer Egg Hunt on March 23, we rescheduled the event for March 30 and had more than 25 children and their families participate. See pictures here.
And finally, in July, we held our 1st Annual July 4th Parade, where young children, parents, senior adults and their pets marched around Gail, Locke, Brockman and Anders roads in decorated bikes, wagons and golf carts. The parade concluded with an ice cream social at Knollwood Pool.
These free community events have done a fantastic job in bringing neighbors closer together.
Meanwhile, in our first year, we have been frugal with our money. And there's a reason for that.
As of Oct. 1, the Association has $3,135.54. I challenge you: What can do with twice that amount? To reach that, it is as simple as renewing your $40 commitment.
If you are familiar with IPTAY, Clemson's athletics booster club, the club was founded in 1934 and the acronym once stood for "I Pay Ten A Year." Prices have risen since then, but you get the idea. What started out small has grown into one of the largest collegiate booster clubs in the nation with tens of thousands of members.
Our Association is not a homeowners association. As I have said in community forums before, our Association is more like a "foundation," identifying projects or need, and funding them.
This brings me to three action items we want to accomplish in 2013-14:
Currently, Knollwood only has signage at one entrance. We are exploring the addition of pillars at each entrance along Knollwood Drive, and how we may improve the existing sign on Edgewood Drive.
As an example, see the photo to the left of Avondale Heights in Simpsonville. This one actually has a lamp post on top of the pillar. Using the same type of brick used in the Knollwood sign on Edgewood Drive, the idea is to install beautiful, uniform entrances into the neighborhood with nice landscaping.
When there's a community event, we often advertise using poster board on lampposts. Rain and wind easily destroy these signs. The curve of the lampposts make hanging signs difficult.
By having designated areas for posting events at each entranceway, we would have a nice flat surface to advertise events. The examples to the right are found in the Holly Tree and River Walk subdivisions in Simpsonville. The Holly Tree example places announcements behind locked glass and is lit at night.
Located near Knollwood Pool, the Anders Avenue Cul-de-Sac is overgrown with weeds and brush. What we aim to do is clear out 3- to 5-feet from the curb, install a heavy-duty weed barrier, mulch, and plant new vegetation to make the area a welcoming place to visit.