To recognize and celebrate those neighbors who are building strong communities that make Arvada a great place to call home, the City created a Neighborhood of the Year Award (NOTYA). This year, more than ever, it was critical to focus on strengthening social ties and a united sense of community while remaining physically distant to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19. History shows us that communities with strong social connections are better equipped to recover from a major crisis. We challenged you to stay connected to your neighbors and nurture relationships while being physically distant - and Arvada rose to the occasion!
2020 NOTYA Winners
Nine neighborhoods submitted applications. The top four applicants were selected for their remarkable collaboration in completing projects, programs, and events that developed strong community bonds and neighborhood pride.
The winners were recognized by City team members and City Councilmembers at the December 8 Virtual Neighborhood Awards Ceremony. The top four neighborhoods will receive a neighborhood mini-grant in the amounts of $1000, $500, $250 and $150, respectively, a community tree planting, and a glass award to showcase at future neighborhood events.
1st Place: Club Crest South Neighbors Connected
- Autumn Pie Social with donations for the Community Table
- Neighborhood "Bear Hunts" in windows
- Pandemic-related support: gift cards, groceries for high-risk neighbors;and delivering cooked meals.
- Physically-distant community tree planting and park bench installed in greenbelt
2nd Place: 86th Place
- Donation drives for Title 1 schools with 200 bags of clothing and over 2000lbs of food for the Arvada Community Table
- 3D printed over 100 customized mask straps
- The sewing club partnered with Neighbors Connected to supply masks to the APD and Ralston House; donated 140 masks to the Jeffco School CFC liaisons for Arvada students suffering from homelessness
- Kept neighboring! Zoom happy hours, a safe outdoor block party bringing in Kona Ice to support our local businesses, our annual chili-cook off, multiple birthday parades, social distance workouts, Friday movie nights, and virtual documentary club
3rd Place: Forest Springs Comforteers
- Created a gathering areas with park benches, communal library boxes, and assortment of shrubs
- Open air front yard Bingo
- Physically distant NNO with snacks, guests, and live music
- Sewed face masks for neighbors, local schools, APD, and hospitals
4th Place: Lake Arbor Homeowners Association
- A charity run- with all participants practicing social distancing and wearing masks- to benefit Hope House
- Pandemic-safe Adopt-A-Trail cleanups conducted by engaged neighbors
- Volunteers refurbished and reinstalled the aged and weathered entrance sign to the Lake Arbor neighborhood
Thank You and Looking Forward...
To all of our neighborhoods who submitted a nomination for the award, thank you, and we look forward to more neighborhoods working towards creating vibrant, connected communities. For more information on available programs and resources to connect your neighborhood, visit our Neighbors Connected page.