Recognized Communities

A Recognized Community is a residential community group with distinct geographic boundaries that has met a set of parameters, and has been formally recognized by Gastonia City Council. These Recognized Communities can include Neighborhood Associations, Property Associations, Homeowner Associations, and other residential community groups with distinct, identifiable geographic boundaries.


Recognized Communities are partnered with a City staff member, who serves as the Community Liaison and is the main point of contact between the City and the Community. These liaisons will regularly attend community meetings to provide information and assist residents in identifying solutions to concerns.


Participants of the A.C.E. Program are provided with access to a number of services and resources which enhance community identity and implement neighborhood improvements.


Recognized Communities commit to providing feedback, input and support for city sponsored events, projects, and planning initiatives. These communities also will receive official communication from City departments on a variety of programs, services, and improvement activities that directly impact participating communities. By partnering with participating communities, the City of Gastonia is better able to deliver services tailored toward the individual needs and desires of communities, as well as receive feedback regarding proposed improvement projects throughout the City.

 City of Gastonia's Recognized Communities

 Laurel East Community Watch

The Laurel East Community Watch was formally recognized by Gastonia City Council on March 15, 2022. This community consists of over 400 households and is located south of the Schiele Museum on E. Garrison Blvd. The Laurel East Community Watch has a vibrant and active neighborhood watch and their efforts are evident throughout their community. 

This community regularly volunteers their time to conduct neighborhood cleanups, they financially support activities and improvement projects at Sherwood Elementary School through their annual luminary fundraiser, and they continuously seek opportunities to enhance their community and serve their neighbors.

Tori Dellinger, Economic Development Specialist, serves as the Laurel East Community Watch's Community Liaison.

 

R.C. Laurel East Community Watch

 Mayor and City Council presented the Certificate of Recognition to Dan Aleman, Secretary of the Laurel East Community Watch Steering Committee.
Tori Dellinger (Bottom Right) serves as their Community Liaison.

The Village at Parkside

The Village at Parkside was formally recognized by Gastonia City Council on May 17, 2022. This diverse neighborhood includes over 300 households and is located in South Gastonia, near Martha Rivers Park. With a community-led homeowners association being organized in 2019, the HOA board is excited to engage neighbors in community building activities and events as well as desires to build relationships with City officials and staff members.

Along with other desires to enhance the quality of life of community members, one goal for this neighborhood is to create a community-led neighborhood watch program. The City of Gastonia will come alongside The Village at Parkside and provide the needed support to develop safety and communication plans to enhance the sense of security in this community. 

Rusty Bost, Director of Development Services, serves as The Village at Parkside's Community Liaison.

 

 Mayor and City Council presented the Certificate of Recognition to Corry Slade, HOA President of The Village at Parkside.
Rusty Bost (Bottom Right) serves as their Community Liaison.

Apple Creek Village Homeowners Association

The Apple Creek Village Homeowners Association was formally recognized by Gastonia City Council on May 17, 2022. This neighborhood includes approximately 270 households and is located north of Gastonia. Although, this community's physical address is located in Dallas, NC, this development was annexed into the City Limits of Gastonia in 2005. Broken out into three phases, Apple Creek Village has two separate HOA boards (one for Phase 1 and one for Phases 2/3), but this community unified as one neighborhood to be observed as a single Recognized Community through the Alliance for Community Enrichment program. 

This community looks forward to having a partnership with the City of Gastonia to assist in tapping in to resources to host community events and provide guidance in addressing community concerns.

Robert Cloninger, Field Operations Division Manager (Public Works), serves as Apple Creek Village HOA's Community Liaison.

 

Mayor and City Council presented the Certificate of Recognition to Dana Dees, (Phase 1) HOA President of Apple Creek Village.
Robert Cloninger (Bottom Right) serves as their Community Liaison.

Willow Creek

Willow Creek was formally recognized by Gastonia City Council on June 21, 2022. This community is home to 328 households and is nestled near Armstrong Park Road and E. Hudson Boulevard, with one of its primary entrances being located directly across from Gastonia Fire Station #4. 

Willow Creek has established goals to strengthen its public safety, encourage neighborhood upkeep and beautification, promote its appreciation of diversity, spur neighborhood involvement, and embrace an atmosphere of community within their neighborhood.

This community is excited to develop greater relationship with the City and make use of several of the benefits that the Alliance for Community Enrichment program offers, such as the Movie-in-a-Box program. 

Juliann Lehman, Keep Gastonia Beautiful Administrator, serves as Willow Creek's Community Liaison.

 

Mayor and City Council presented the Certificate of Recognition to Phillip Morris, resident of the Willow Creek community.
Juliann Lehman (Bottom Right) serves as their Community Liaison.

Highland Neighborhood Association

The Highland Neighborhood Association was formally recognized by Gastonia City Council on October 4, 2022. Within the boundaries of this community, there are over 2,000 households. Over the years, the Highland Neighborhood Association has positively impacted their community in many ways. From developing a social enterprise and operating the RAMS Kitchen in order to provide healthier food options in the area, to diligently working to create an Affordable Housing Planning Tool which would benefit residents in securing safe, affordable housing, this neighborhood association has taken active strides to enhancing the quality of life for citizens in their community.

The Highland Neighborhood Association regularly meets to discuss and discover new ways that can enhance the quality of life of residents in the community. Through the partnership with the City, by way of the A.C.E. program, the efforts and impact of the Highland Neighborhood Association can be increased with greater knowledge and access of City resources and services.

Randi Gates, Principal Transportation Planner/GCLMPO Administrator, serves as the Highland Neighborhood Association's Community Liaison.

 

R.C. Highland Neighborhood Association

Mayor and City Council presented the Certificate of Recognition to multiple members of the Highland Neighborhood Association.
Randi Gates (Front Right) serves as their Community Liaison.

Riverwood Plantation HOA

The Riverwood Plantation Homeowners Association was formally recognized by Gastonia City Council on October 4, 2022. Located just southeast of Martha Rivers Park, the Riverwood Plantation HOA includes 248 households and has an active HOA board that strives to take actions which enhance the quality of life for its residents. 

Neighborhood leaders believe that the Riverwood Plantation community has long been a good place to live and for families to grow. One goal of this neighborhood is to continue setting high standards in all areas in order to maintain the quality of life that has been the tradition. By partnering with the City of Gastonia through the A.C.E. program, Riverwood Plantation desires to continue building relationships with City staff and gaining greater access to services and resources to maintain the high standards it has for the community.

Andy Stahr, Assistant Director for Parks and Recreation, serves as the Riverwood Plantation HOA's Community Liaison.

 

R.C. Riverwood Plantation HOA

Mayor and City Council presented the Certificate of Recognition to Mr. James Howell, Secretary/Treasurer of the Riverwood Plantation HOA.
Andy Stahr (Bottom Right) serves as their Community Liaison.

 

Your neighborhood can be our next Recognized Community! Complete this online application to become a Recognized Community or request a hard copy application by contacting Tyler Davis, Neighborhood Program Administrator, via email: TylerD@cityofgastonia.com, or phone: (704) 866-6907.

 


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