The Bailey Park Neighborhood Development Corporation (BPNDC) was established to leverage the organizing power of residents, build community capacity, and serve as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization in the McDougall-Hunt community. BPNDC’s mission is to create a more livable neighborhood through social and environmental impact projects. To accomplish our mission, BPNDC facilitates partnerships with local agencies, volunteers, and residents. Working together, we rehabilitate and develop beautiful community parks and open spaces in McDougall-Hunt. To date the BPNDC has secured over $100K in donations, grants, and in-kind services from state departments, corporate partners, and non-profit agencies to fund and execute park development projects. We are not content to rest on our laurels, there is more work to be done.
In the fall of 2018, resident leaders at the Bailey Park Neighborhood Development Corporation and the McDougall-Hunt Neighborhood Association (MDHNA) embarked on a neighborhood planning process with partners at the Cedar Tree Foundation, Eastside Community Network (ECN), U-SNAP-BAC, and EcoWorks. From this process the McDougall-Hunt Sustainable Redevelopment Plan serves as a collective expression of residents’ voices. These efforts have enabled residents to steer the planning process while engaging stakeholders to help advance the change that we would like to create in our community. Using this plan as a guide we have built strong committees to begin to implement the short term goals and lay the foundations for broad, long term goals.
Our work for the community does not stop with the Redevelopment Plan. In 2020 we were able to help so many people through a variety of programs like PPE distribution, staples pantry, and fresh food distribution in partnership with Gleaners Food Bank. We’ve also partnered the MDHNA and other organizations to assist people with home repairs and improvements. During the holidays we were able to deliver gifts from 3 families and, thanks to the generosity of our donors and partners at Hunt Street Station, provide them with a full meal and Visa gift cards. Our work is just beginning and we hope to help even more people in the years to come.