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Betton Hills Neighborhood Updates

Fall Festival 2019

When the weather finally cooled, Betton Hills got active. Check out what’s been going on around the neighborhood!

OK, you all did a great job with the collective wishing for good weather for the Betton Hills Fall Fest this past weekend.  The gray morning skies cleared to a wonderful blue with pleasant temperatures for the afternoon event.  We need for you to do that one more time!  Trick or Treat night is this Thursday.  Start wishing now for good weather, as in no rain. 

This year, Amanda Ball Prater has led a neighborhood effort to get more kids trick or treating in our neighborhood.  She’s done a great job in boosting enthusiasm for the big night.  Join in by putting a pumpkin by your mailbox and/or, on Thursday night, having your front door well lit.  Assuming fair weather, we should have more ghosts, goblins, and other small creatures knocking on your door this year.  

Fall Fest:  Biggest and Best Yet!

We had a tremendous Fall Fest last Sunday.  Thank you very much to those of you who attended!  You made it a real Betton Hills neighborhood celebration.  From the BHNA board perspective, the Fest was a key indicator of neighborhood vitality: a good number of good people coming together in a good place and having a good time. 

While BHNA board members and a good number of volunteers helped out with the event, I’d like to give a special kudos to Margie McInnes and Mario Taylor for taking the lead in planning and organizing the celebration . . . and then working the show diligently to keep everything running smoothly. 

Food trucks, kiddie train, vintage cars and motorcycles and new electric cars, pumpkin painting, great music, politicos (Mayor Dailey and City Commissioners Richardson and Bryant), face-painting, plenty of games, information displays, native tree giveaways, door prizes from local stores, and beautiful weather all came together with plenty of neighbors of all ages.  It was fantastic to see so many young children and parents. 

We’ll be creating an online photo album in the near future, but I’ve included a photo teaser at the top of the article that exemplified the day special for me.

Mitchell About Done, Betton Rd. Coming

The roadwork and sidewalk construction on Mitchell Ave. is nearly complete.  Design work for improving Betton Road is underway.  Here’s a report from the City of Tallahassee traffic engineer for the projects, Eric Houge.  Read about the Betton Road project here.

Mitchell Avenue Sidewalk Project

  • City Electric completed relocation of the electric lines, but the cable/phone companies have not completely moved their lines
  • Construction on the sidewalk and other improvements is mostly complete, but the contractor is waiting for the removal of the remaining utility poles to complete the remaining miscellaneous items
  • City crews from Parks and Recreation have been working patching the on-street parking adjacent to Winthrop Park, and we plan to overlay the parking area when we do the final paving on Mitchell Avenue
  • Project is largely on hold until the remaining phone/cable relocations are complete

Betton Road Project

  • We are finalizing a scope of services with our design consultant for the project
  • Letters were sent to residents about the roadway survey which has been completed
  • We are planning a community meeting for early December to discuss the project

Join or Renew Your BHNA Membership!

We’ve kicked off our 2020 membership drive!  Help us out . . . join or renew your BHNA membership!  You can do it online!


Trick or treating is this Thursday evening.  If you’re driving in the neighborhood, drive slow.  Watch out for kids in motion!

Keep doing what you can to make Betton Hills an even more friendly, safe, and uplifting neighborhood.