About Us

Mission Statement

To improve and maintain the safety, health, and welfare of our neighbors and neighborhood in order to make West Main Street / Renaissance Park a better place to live, learn, work, and play.


Goals and Objectives

  • To promote a community where businesses and neighbors help each other to succeed
  • To unite our members and focus their collective energy on community projects and events
  • To foster an environment that champions diversity and acceptance
  • To advocate for our residents and our businesses and serve as a liaison to our City and local governments
  • To promote community involvement for the betterment of all those who live, learn, work, and play here

Board of Directors

RPCA is managed by an elected Board of Directors who oversee the short and long-term operations and planning for the organization. Our Board consists of four Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer), as well as up to five Directors at-large. All Board Members serve two-year terms, with Officers being elected on odd-numbered years, and Directors being elected on even-numbered years. The current Board of Directors is listed below.

Position Name
President Per Ellingson (interim)
Vice-President Angie Ostaszewski (interim)
Secretary [vacant]
Treasurer [vacant]
Director Adam Gasper
Director Alex Martin
Director Emily Schapka
Director (vacant)
Director (vacant)

History

The Renaissance Park Community Association was founded in 2009 by a group of businesses and neighbors, with the goal of making the neighborhood around them a better place to live, work, and play. The organization’s early projects and initiatives included the following:

  • Monthly neighborhood clean-ups, occurring from April until November.
  • Maintenance of multiple street tree planters; including weed barrier, mulch installation, weed pulling, and litter pickup.
  • Sponsorship of two public garbage cans (one near the community garden, one on Sheridan and Ellis) in an effort to reduce litter.
  • Securing an empty lot at 622 West Main Street to convert to a community garden and green space. The resulting Renaissance Park Community Garden is located in the heart of the neighborhood and is an ever changing public-accessible green space.
  • Transforming the corner of Main and Sheridan into a landscaped green space, including public art. This corner currently houses a metal sculpture by┬álocal artist Juan Cabrerra, tree stumps re-imagined as planters, and a planter and base for climbing vines.