At the general meeting on May 17, the neighborhood voted in favor of closing the boulevard to cars for Halloween. This move will help keep our children safe as they participate in the best trick-or-treating in the city!
On Monday, October 31, Island Home Boulevard will close from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Three barricades will block the road to traffic, each with a police officer present. The barricades will be located at Island Home Boulevard at Maplewood, Island Home Boulevard at Fisher, and Island Home Boulevard at Watson. The alleyways between the Boulevard and Maplewood and the Boulevard and Spence will be blocked with cones. If you must be driving in any of these areas during this period, the officers will ask you to show proof of residence.
If you do not want trick-or-treaters to park on your property, you may put up special tape to block cars from your lawn. Flagging tape will be available at the following homes: Gina and David Brace, 2150 Maplewood Avenue; Rebecca and Brian Simmons 2126 Fisher Place; Casey and Chris Field, 2121 Island Home Boulevard; and Connie and Terry Vogt, 2114 Island Home Boulevard. Look for the tape in pink baskets on the front porches at most of these residences, or next to the garage hanging on the wooden fence at the Brace house.
If you wish to flag off an area but need some assistance, you may contact Gina Brace no later than Saturday, October 29; she will be happy to help. Flagging tape will be available for pickup starting Friday, October 28.
Included in this newsletter is a copy of the map we hope to hand out to visitors that evening. Ideally we would like to distribute maps at the two entrances to the neighborhood, both at the columns and at the top of Fisher. To make this plan for a safe evening, we are looking for volunteers to sign up for a one-hour time slot between 5 and 9 p.m. (a total of eight volunteers). Please contact Gina Brace to sign up. IHNPA would like to encourage folks to turn out their lights at 9 p.m. to help signal the end of trick-or-treating. Let’s have a safe and fun Halloween!