Monday, December 6, 2010

Pilot Program to expand

The results of our 21 day pilot program at Davenport Park are as follows. All three bins were used but never completely filled. The Plastic and Aluminum bins were close to half-way full and the Glass bin contained only a few bottles.

We have decided to expand our studies to include Lighthouse Park and Hamilton Upchurch Skate Park beginning this week. If you are out enjoying any of these parks in the month of December please recycle.

Thank You.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Pilot Recycling Program Begins at Davenport Park

The 21 day pilot program has officially begun at Davenport park. Three large recycling containers have been placed at the park's entrance/exit, labeled "Aluminum", "Plastic" and "Mixed Glass". The containers will be checked daily by members of 450NEXT in order to measure the amount of recyclable items rescued from our trash, and eventually our landfills.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Project 2 Pilot Program will begin Monday, November 8, 2010

450NEXT is set to deploy phase I of project 2 beginning Monday, November 8, 2010.

Davenport Park a.k.a. "The Carousel Park" will be the subject of this 21 day experiment and data collection exercise. 8 handsome recycling containers will be available for public use.

If you find yourself at Davenport Park in the month of November (maybe taking a few spins on the carousel) please recycle with a smile, knowing you did your part in helping keep unnecessary materials from our landfills. If we all work together, we can make a difference.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Project #2

The 450 Next Committee has decided to tackle the lack of recycling awareness in the City and surrounding County. Only 43% of the city resident's recycle and we want to increase that percentage. Therefore, we are going to create, along with community children, recycling containers to be placed at four pilot parks (Upchurch, Davenport, Fullerwood and Lighthouse) to act as symbols for our awareness campaign. We have a lot of work to do to accomplish this goal so, any input is appreciated!

Friday, March 12, 2010

A recent appearance in The St. Augustine Report

Public art for community - youth lead the way

It takes a village to raise a child - and a community to establish public art, like the recently completed mosaic wall at the entrance to the Calhoun Community Center.
The combined efforts of some 100 youth, under the guiding eyes of artists Wendy McDaniel and Corrie Borglund, created the mosaic tribute to youthful energy. They came from the after school programs at American Legion Post 194, Boys and Girls Club, Collier-Blocker-Puryear Park and Solomon Calhoun Center.
Groups supporting the three-month effort included county government, West Augustine CRA, and 450 Next (Young Professionals of St. Augustine), connected through the St. Johns Cultural Council.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Saturday was AWESOME!

Saturday was an absolutely beautiful day. The weather cooperated perfectly and we had a great turnout. We got started at 9 am on Saturday with unpacking all our tools and materials and getting ready for an intense day of grouting.

We unpacked 3 bags of grout that we quickly went through. We were well short with only 3 bags of grout so we sent Meredith on a "Grout Run". She came through in a big way delivering 10 bags of grout from Home Depot but unfortunately the color was not a perfect match. We had to get creative if we were going to finish on Saturday. Wendy and Corrie came up with a creative solution of mixing 2 different colored grouts to match the first 3 bags of grout. With a full bag of light grey and 17 "Wendy handfuls" (almost a metric system), we were back to grouting.

Here is a picture of the crew getting back to work. We worked the rest of the afternoon until about 3 pm to get the wall complete. Meredith again showed her enormous worth by providing us with a huge bag of tacos from Taco Bell. They tasted so good with a little grout mixed in.

The wall turned out so well. The dark grey grout really made the colors stand out. At the end of the day, we were all worn out but proud of having accomplished so much.

We got a ton of compliments on how great the wall looked. George, a long time St. Augustine resident, also shared with all of us how this wall will give so many children a sense of pride. It was great to hear him share with us its importance to the community.

In all, it was a great day for all of the people involved in the project. I encourage everyone to ride by this wall to see what we all accomplished working together. I know we have more great things on the horizon for 450 Next.

From right to left: George, Leigh, Trey, Corrie, Meredith, Wendy and Rhett (sporting a 450 Next T-Shirt)

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tile chips are flyin'!

We're bustin' tiles! It's all part of the mosaic process.
Finally setup at the Calhoun Community Center! We'll be there with help from children of various after-school programs for the next three weeks, assembling the tiles like tiny puzzle pieces onto more than a dozen concrete boards which will eventually be mounted on the wall to make up the final design.
Check out some photos!