Need community service hours for school?

If your child needs to earn community service hours, Browne’s Ferry has a variety of opportunities. Email brownesferryhoa@gmail.com or sign up online (brownesferry.com/events) for specific events:

  • Street Cleanup, Saturday, Nov. 5 from 1-3 p.m. The city provides litter pickup tools and safety vests. Volunteers sign up for specific streets.
  • Fitness Station painting. We have the paint and supplies, we just need to paint the existing steel bars at the park. If you’re willing to take on this project, you can schedule it at your convenience and coordinate helpers.
  • November month of service: If you need physical assistance raking leaves or performing fall yard maintenance tasks, let us know and we’ll try to arrange a community service day or two that will allow volunteers to come out and help. If you’re interested in leading this service project, email brownesferryhoa@gmail.com.
  • Event assistance: Help with setup and cleanup for community events. See brownesferry.com/events for currently scheduled events.

Court renovation complete

The tennis court renovation project was completed in early September and is now available for Browne’s Ferry member use. A few things to keep in mind:

  • The court is for member use only. Guests may use the court as long as they are accompanied by a member.
  • No dogs are allowed on the court.
  • No glass is allowed on the court.
  • The keypad code is printed in the newsletter, and is updated every two months. If you cannot find your keypad code, please call Cedar Management.
  • Be sure to close the gate after you are done using the new amenity.

The tile surface can be used for riding bicycles, just take care not to damage the tennis net in the center of the court.

Make plans to attend National Night Out Aug. 2

Mark your calendars now and make plans to attend Browne’s Ferry’s annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 2.

In addition to a perennial favorite, FREE Rita’s Italian Ice, we will also unveil the new tennis court and screen a movie after dusk. CMPD community liaisons will be on hand to talk about any safety or crime concerns.

Tennis court repair to begin in July

The volunteer board of directors unanimously approved the installation of VersaCourt multi-sport tile from the local vendor Ultimate Courts.

tile-largeWhy did this take so long to address?
The volunteer HOA board put the issue to a vote by homeowners over a year ago. The vendor quotes used to create those ballot options were not accurate. They estimated roughly $12,000 to resurface the court. After resurfacing won the vote, the volunteer board sought multiple quotes and discovered the cost was much higher. Wanting to be good financial stewards of the community’s funds, the board gathered new quotes (detailed below) and took time to carefully study what each entailed.

Why will it cost so much?
After making site visits, asphalt vendors consulted with volunteer board members and informed them that when the court was originally built, it barely met standards for tennis court thickness. Compound that with a 20-year asphalt lifespan and lack of maintenance, and the need for in-depth work increased the cost tremendously.

How much does our HOA have in reserves?
The HOA has approximately $70,000 in surplus funds, and some of it has been earmarked for future projects, such as playground mulch refills and other maintenance projects. Each year, the annual budget includes funds put aside for some of these projects. When originally put up for a vote, homeowners were informed that “a financially sound non-profit corporation is suggested to hold at least 6-12 months of its operating budget in reserves ($19,950-$39,900). With that in mind, the community could commit $29,854-$49,804 of its current reserves toward amenity updates.”

What will the new court include?
VersaCourt multi-sport tile is installed over the existing surface, and creates a porous surface that is extremely weather resistant. Water drains through the tiles and away from the court, and the tiles do not retain heat like asphalt. Because of the investment we will be making, the volunteer board approved the installation of two basketball goals and basketball court lines to be painted on the surface in addition to tennis court lines. This will give the community an additional amenity. The vendor will repaint the chainlink fence posts and install new chainlink fencing, as well as install a keypad lock on the court gate to limit use to homeowners and their guests.

Why can’t my dog go on the new court?
Once the new surface is installed, animals cannot be allowed in the court. The court was never intended to be a dog park. It is a liability to the community to allow dogs to go unleashed in the common areas. Also, because of the nature of the tile, animal waste presents hygienic issues to subsequent court users. Misuse (including use by animals) can also negate our product guarantee.

Where can I learn more about VersaCourt?
Visit VersaCourt.com for more information on the product itself, or visit UltimateCourts.com to see work done by our local VersaCourt dealer.

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See our new libraries during ‘Read & Roll’ on June 12

Help us dedicate Browne’s Ferry’s Little Free Library network. This event will kick off at Browne’s Ferry Park on Sunday, June 12, at 6 p.m. (at the end of Brownes Ferry Road). Participants are encouraged to ride their bikes to the start (parking is very limited at Browne’s Ferry Park), then we’ll make our way around to the other Little Free Library locations:

  1. Browne’s Ferry Park
  2. Glen Brook
  3. Browne’s Creek
  4. Pasture View
  5. Chapel Ridge

If you are unable to ride a bike, please feel free to stop by one or two locations during the event. Also, please bring books you would like to contribute to our new library system!

How does the Little Free Library work? Library boxes house donated books. Anyone is free to “take a book” or “leave a book.” The libraries encourage literacy, pedestrian activity and community. Host homeowners look after the boxes. Our Little Free Library network was made possible thanks to Boy Scout Phillip Harmon and resident Toby Harris.

Easter egg fun brings dozens of kids to park

An estimated 40+ children flooded Browne’s Ferry Park on Saturday, March 26, to search for eggs and visit with furry friends.

The event, hosted by the Social Committee, is an annual favorite among our smallest residents. The egg hunt kicked off at noon. Kids also visited with animal friends from Son Ridge Farm. A huge thanks to Adela Henry for volunteering as our Easter Bunny, and Erica Pickett for helping set up the event!

For more photos, visit our community’s private Facebook page.