When a couple residents of Village Seven neighborhood decided things were starting to slide, they got involved with the homeowners association board of directors. Here is a map of the neighborhood, which has about 1,000 homes and five miles of greentbelt trails located in the geographic center of Colorado Springs near North Academy Boulevard and Austin Bluffs Parkway.
But the new board members didn’t want to be known as “covenant Nazis” using Gestapo tactics to force residents to adhere to neighborhood rules. So they have volunteered their time to help neighbors fix fences, mow yards and pull weeds.
They are especially proud of efforts to spruce up the greenbelt by replacing aging lights and playgrounds. A catalyst for the effort came when a resident suggested renovating a playground and dedicating it to the three Nicholls children killed by an arson fire. Here is a map, taken from the neighborhood’s web site at www.villageseven.org showing the greenbelt trails and playgrounds.
Village Seven board members hope their volunteer “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program will catch on and expand throughout the neighborhood. And they hope folks will start paying their dues without threats and that covenants will be respected so they can turn their attention to fun things such as free neighborhood concerts, barbecues and Easter egg hunts.