TOPEKA (KSNT) — The Hi-Crest neighborhood made it through a violent July and now the residents are looking toward the future.
The rebuilding steps have already started with remodeling homes and weeding gardens.
Now, local activists and the city are planning for fun.
On Friday, Net Reach and the Department of Neighborhood Relations will host the first Family Fun Night at Avondale East.
The carnival theme is met to attract residents and their children.
But the event is for more than fun.
“Our intent is to remind our Hi-Crest West neighbors that their neighbors throughout Topeka care about them and that we want to partner with them in building a stronger neighborhood,” said Monique Glaudé.
Glaudé works for the city and wants Topekans to remember that what happened in Hi-Crest could have happened anywhere.
Terry Hund, the Director of Net Reach, wants the city to not forget about the neighborhood as it rebuilds.
“You know, we’re not a lost neighborhood,” she said.
And although the event could draw a large group of people, Hund said she does not want residents to feel unsafe. Topeka Police officers will be at the event, but Hund has already felt the increased presence of law enforcement in the area.
“The Topeka Police Department have just been saints,” she said Thursday. “They have been rolling the area, they’ve been a part of keeping the neighborhood safe.”
And the efforts of their increased patrols were made public today.
The event starts Friday at 6 p.m. and ends at 7:30 at the Avondale East Net Reach Center on Gold Park Boulevard.