Our neighbors

Our neighbors

Who are we?

We are proud to be a part of this active and close knit community. This blog is to keep you informed of the current events. We thank you for your donations, for volunteering and participating in these events.
We are also involved with preserving the wetlands around us.
If you need to contact us about our events, please email Gayle @ gayleepie@charter.net or call 627-5579

Send me YOUR photos!

Need information about the Willowbrook HOMEOWNERS Association? Click on the link below under MY BLOG LIST or HOA link:

www.willowbrook-hoa.blogspot.com


Neighborhood Watch Captain, Bill Allen billallenpdco@charter.net or 628-9926




Friday, September 13, 2013

BLOCK PARTY TOMORROW!

The Willowbrook HOA invites you to bring your families to our annual Block Party!
Saturday, September 14
5:30 pm, Dinner at 6:00 pm
Scouler Ct.


There will be food, live entertainment by “Swing Set”, a bounce house, and sno-cone machine. 

Please bring a side dish and/or dessert to share. Drinks provided. 

Bounce house is for supervised children under 10.

There will be a tip jar for the band.

Free to Willowbrook residents. Non-resident guests $1.00 per person.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Amon Preserve Update

ON CREEK NATURAL PRESERVE NEEDS YOUR HELP NOW!  
Hayden Homes to replace our backyard wildlands with housing developments

Despite an informal conservation agreement with Tapteal Greenway*, the landowner of the remaining shrub-steppe parcel in Amon Basin has decided to go forward with development of the 137 acres.  An existing real estate contract with Hayden Homes closes the door on much of the remaining habitat in Amon Basin and opens the door for a minimum of 335 homes, multiple multifamily units and commercial development. As a result, the fragile Amon Creek Natural Preserve** corridor will soon be surrounded by pavement and people (see graphic).
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            Center Blvd. tie-in after the bulldozers (artist’s concept)

Scott Woodward, President of Tapteal Greenway, met with the regional development director for Hayden Homes recently.  Items of discussion included:
-          Hayden plans a minimum of 335 homes with no park or conservation areasWoodward pointed out that Tapteal Greenway’s primary concern is protecting Amon Creek Natural Preserve with a buffer between the preserve and impending development.
-          Kennewick Irrigation District (KID) plans to eliminate any vegetation on the Amon east drainage that impedes restructuring the channel to protect homes built near that drainage. That restructuring will include lining the channel, resulting in a more ditch-like structure.
-          The Rachel Road extension will bridge the west fork of Amon Creek and cut through the existing preserve to connect with the Hayden Homes development and Steptoe Street. In June, The Richland Planning Commission voted to strike Rachel Road from the Transportation Improvement Plan.  That recommendation will go to the Richland City Council in June.
-          HH will determine how much money they will lose if they give up any of their property for a conservation buffer.Woodward will stay on top of that as well as the Rachel Road issue.
-          Google map of area:  http://goo.gl/maps/cfNVO

Tapteal Greenway is developing a plan that may save a portion of the property to buffer the existing Amon Creek Natural Preserve. There are some options on the table, including Tapteal Greenway’s acquisition of the buffer area. This will require funding to purchase a sufficient buffer.

Please stand with Tapteal Greenway as we fight to conserve what we can of the last piece of wildlands left in the Tri-Cities. We have not given up on the concept; we just have to adjust our scale. 
Here’s what you can do:
·         Donate to help us purchase buffer acreage.  Any amount is welcome. Make checks payable to Tapteal Greenway; note “Amon” on memo line.
·         Join us when we issue a call to action. This will occur when Rachel Road is set on a Richland City Council agenda and when the Hayden Homes plat comes up for a public hearing. It will make an impression on Council if a significant number of people attend the hearing in support of these issues. You will not need to address Council unless you wish:  showing up is all that's necessary.  
·         Help spread the word to your friends and neighbors.
·         Call 627-3621 or 627-0950 or email kdechter@charter.net if you can help.

“Conservation is hard; you have to win every day.  When the other side wins, you lose that battle forever.” – Scott Woodward

*Tapteal Greenway is a non-profit (501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995 to promote conservation, recreation, and education along the lower Yakima River. www.tapteal.org
**The Amon Creek Natural Preserve consists of 100+ acres of wetlands, riparian, and shrub-steppe along the west fork of Amon Creek east of Leslie Road in south Richland.  It is a natural wildlife and critical habitat corridor, home to beaver, river otter, jackrabbits, badger, coyotes, and more than 100 bird species. Zoned as Natural Open Space, Amon Creek Natural Preserve is the product of an ongoing community partnership that began in 2006 with private donations, community fund raising, state and federal grants, and the City of Richland investing to conserve threatened habitat and wildlife while providing non-motorized public access to the natural areas

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

2013 EVENTS

We are pleased to announce the melding of the WCC and the Willowbrook HOA!
We have 3 events planned for you this year. They are:

May 17 & 18 Community Yard Sale
Sept. 14 Block Party
Oct. 31 Halloween Parade & Hot Dog Feed

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Halloween Parade 2012

                                                                             

 Halloween Parade 2012


                                                                      
 

 

 

                                                                                                
 



                                                                                



 


                                                                                    







Hallowee

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


It's that SpOOkY time of year again! On Wednesday, Oct. 31st at 4:15pm, GhOsTs, gObLiNs (and parents, too) arrive in costume for our annual parade & party.  Don't forget to DRESS WARM & waterproof !!!!

Decorate your golf carts, wagons, strollers, bikes, & dogs and parade around Willowbrook. We start the parade at 4:30pm at Eastwood and Pacific Ct., walk or ride behind the fire trucks and our own special GRAND MARSHALS!!

Parade route: Eastwood north, left on Piper    St., left on Willowbrook Ave., left on Center Blvd., left on Eastwood.
Short-cut: For those of you that can't walk around the whole loop, cut through on Willowbrook Ave. (by Dusky Ct.) to Rocky Mtn. Ct. and come back to the start.

Party: From the parade, say goodbye and a BIG THANK YOU to the RICHLAND Fire Dept. and head over to 2649 Eastwood for the SPOOKY HOLLOW HOT DOG FEED. There will be chili dogs, chips, veggies, apples, juice bags, water, and hot apple cider.
This is free to Willowbrook residents. Guests are welcome to donate $1. per person.
We had over 175 people last year, so please let us know if you are bringing any guests so we don’t run out of food. 
THANK YOU BLATTER FAMILY FOR HOSTING THIS YEAR!

Then at dusk, it's off to TRICK OR TREAT!
Thank you for SAFELY participating in our annual event!!!

***Remember: Arrive at 4:15, Fire trucks and parade leaves at 4:30pm.****

HAUNTED PORCH
Canceled this year- no volunteers- sorry.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

21st Annual Willowbrook Halloween Parade & Hot Dog Feed


It's that SpOOkY time of year again! On Wednesday, Oct. 31st at 4:15pm, GhOsTs, gObLiNs (and parents, too) dress up for our annual parade & party.  Don't forget to DRESS WARM!!!!

Decorate your golf carts, wagons, strollers, bikes, & dogs and parade around Willowbrook. We start the parade at 4:30pm on Eastwood and Pacific Ct., walk or ride behind the fire trucks and our own special GRAND MARSHALS!!

Parade route: Eastwood north, left on Piper St., left on Willowbrook Ave., left on Center Blvd., left on Eastwood.
Short-cut: For those of you that can't walk around the whole loop, cut through on Willowbrook Ave. (by Dusky Ct.) to Rocky Mtn. Ct. and come back to the start.

Party: From the parade, say goodbye and a BIG THANK YOU to the RICHLAND Fire Dept. and head over to 2649 Eastwood for the SPOOKY HOLLOW HOT DOG FEED. There will be chili dogs, chips, veggies, apples, juice bags, water, and hot apple cider.
This is free to Willowbrook residents. Guests are welcome to donate $1. per person.
We had over 175 people last year, so please let me know if you are bringing any guests so we don’t run out of food. 
THANK YOU BLATTER FAMILY FOR HOSTING THIS YEAR!

Then at dusk, it's off to TRICK OR TREAT!
Thank you for SAFELY participating in our annual event!!!

Remember: Arrive at 4:15, Fire trucks and parade leaves at 4:30pm.

HAUNTED PORCH
Karen & Brett Sowers need helpers to set up and tear down the Haunted Porch. If they don’t get any volunteers by Oct.20, they will have to pass on it this year.
Call them @ 396-5936




Thursday, September 20, 2012

Amon Preserve and Tapteal Greenway


Dear Friends of Amon Community Preserve and Tapteal Greenway,

This is the last call for donations for the TGA October 13 Silent Auction.

Donated items have been slow to accumulate this year.  We need more contributions of interesting, upscale services or items (no junk, please) to make our fundraiser a success. How about tickets to upcoming events? Perhaps some recreational equipment? Maybe a holiday-related (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) item to help us earn some much-needed funds? Possibly gift certificates to your favorite restaurant or other merchants?

These donations are tax-deductible, so everyone benefits.  Please ask your favorite business to donate, too—we will gladly provide letters with our non-profit tax ID number when you ask us.    

And of course, mark your calendar and join us for Tapteal Greenway Association's annual Celebration on Saturday, October 13 starting at 6:30 p.m. at beautiful Kiona Vineyards Winery (http://www.kionawine.com/) in Benton City. Tapteal Greenway will provide free award–winning wines, soft drinks, appetizers, and desserts. You do NOT need to be a member of Tapteal Greenway to attend, though of course we hope you’ll consider joining TGA. This year we are asking that you bring someone new to the event.

Come have some fun relaxing in a beautiful setting.  Learn about Tapteal’s progress in recreation, conservation, and conservation efforts along the Lower Yakima River. Also help us honor the Tri-City Conservationists of the Year for 2012.

To get you thinking, here are some items donated to our Silent Auctions in past years:

Chukkar Cherry basket
Holiday-related items (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas)
Kiddy birthday party at Atomic Bowl
Blue Mountain getaway weekend
Custom handmade jewelry
Silverwood Theme Park passes for 2013
Custom bird houses
Scentsy Candles
Autographed books by local authors
John Clement prints
Baskets filled with goodies
Garden planters
Guided fishing, river tours, hikes, wine tasting
Gift certificates to local businesses
Mugs and Gevalia coffee
Weekend at Leavenworth condo
Herb basket: garden pots, tools, labels, seeds
Greenie’s Sports Basket
Starbuck’s coffee gift card
Certificates for massage/pedicure/manicure etc.
Local spirits, wine, and beer

If you plan to donate but have not yet made your specific selections, please contact Kathy Dechter at 627-0950 or kdechter@charter.net so we can save space for your items.  We will also gladly arrange to pick them up.  Deadline for donations is Saturday, Oct. 6.  


Please forward to anyone else who might be interested in donating.

2009 Parade

2009 Parade

September Curb Appeal Winner

September Curb Appeal Winner

Duck Boxes

Duck Boxes

River Otter

River Otter

August Curb Appeal Winner

August Curb Appeal Winner
We will miss the Burrows.....

BLOCK PARTY DATE CHANGE

The annual Block Party date has been changed to Saturday, Sept. 12. It will be a Hawaiian Luau theme and a movie night following.
More info to come.....

Richland Police Dept.

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Crime Prevention Officer
Richland Police Department
509-942-7636

May Curb Appeal Winner

May Curb Appeal Winner

W.C.C. Team

Gayle Garvie, President
Lara Blatter, Vice President
Jennifer Childers
Bonnie Bushaw

Block Party BBQ

Block Party BBQ
Grill Master Phil

Lots of bouncing going on.....

OCT. Curb Appeal Winner

OCT. Curb Appeal Winner

2008 Event at Tapteil

2008 Event at Tapteil
Beautiful sunset & moon rise- 50 people showed up!

Photos by Cindy

Our neighborhood

Our neighborhood

Parade on Eastwood

Parade on Eastwood
Kids, dogs, & parents

4th of July

4th of July
Parade participants