The Las Palmas Neighborhood Association (LPNA) was established in April of 2004 by concerned residents in response to a public housing project being proposed by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Efforts by the quickly formed LPNA to stop the subsidized housing failed. However, the band of community minded citizens has thrived ever since then to serve our neighborhood in many effective, beneficial ways.
The Las Palmas Neighborhood Association’s primary activities have focused on the safety and welfare of residents. Numerous traffic safety initiatives have been developed by the LPNA and adopted by the City of El Paso. Projects completed include new traffic lights, an on ramp to Gateway West, control of semi-trucks, lowered speed limits and signs that warn speeding drivers. As a recognized, City of El Paso neighborhood association, the LPNA has won city Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) money to add 18 additional street lights. A new NIP application for more street lights is pending.
One of LPNA’s most successful efforts to protect our resident’s safety and welfare came in 2007 when disregard and contempt of residents on Jennifer Street became routine by a bar and grill located just across an alleyway behind their homes. The LPNA directly assisted the affected residents gather police reports and document the routine disturbances. Next, legal assistance was sought by the association resulting in a City Council resolution that led to the loss of the establishment’s liquor license by the state. A very bad neighbor was eliminated.
The LPNA has also promoted the aesthetics of their neighborhood. Through NIP fund applications, medians have beautified on Rojas Boulevard. Developing its own program, the LPNA recognizes those who take extra care to keep their home’s “curb appeal” high. The “Keep Las Palmas Beautiful Program” awards such homeowners with sponsor prizes and a sign to display in their front yard.
One goal of the LPNA is to keep residents informed on current events and politics at all levels. Association by-laws prohibit the endorsement of candidates for political office. However, the LPNA hosts debates and forums by candidates for public office. Guest speakers at quarterly meetings have been US Congressmen, State Senators and Representatives and nearly always county and city officials.
Presently, the LPNA is taking part in the design phase of a large, new city park to be developed within the neighborhood. The association has been very instrumental obtaining this park.
Membership in the LPNA is free. Operating expenses are met by conducting raffles at quarterly meetings. Area businesses donate very nice raffle items.
Our neighborhood’s future looks bright.