The Bryker Woods Neighborhood Association (BWNA) is a voluntary organization of Bryker Woods residents dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the Bryker Woods Neighborhood. Formed in 1983 by residents concerned about proposed developments which threatened the residential character of the neighborhood, BWNA has been a durable and effective advocate for Bryker Woods on issues dealing with land use, traffic, infrastructure improvements, the Bryker Woods Elementary School and other issues bearing on the quality of life in the neighborhood. BWNA was one of the first neighborhoods to develop its own neighborhood planning document in 1987. 1987 Bryker Woods Neighborhood Plan BWNA works to promote a sense of community through activities such as the Fourth of July Parade, Neighborhood Night Out events, a website, email listserv and blog and annual meetings featuring presentations by elected officials and experts on the issues of the day.
The Association boundaries can be generally described as W. 35th Street on the North, Loop 1 (MoPac) on the West, Westover on the South and Harris Blvd to Oakhurst Ave. and Shoal Creek on the East. BWNA is governed by a Board of Directors elected annually at a general meeting in the fall. The Board meets monthly (see schedule below) to discuss issues and neighborhood projects and to provide input to the City on matters that could affect the neighborhood. Volunteers from the neighborhood for short and long term projects and activities are always needed and welcome.
It is the mission of the Bryker Woods Neighborhood Association (BWNA) to uphold the quality of life in the Bryker Woods Neighborhood by serving as an advocate for neighborhood residents, the Bryker Woods Elementary School, and neighborhood parks.
The BWNA elects an advisory board whose purpose is:
- protecting the neighborhood from intrusive redevelopment while recognizing and respecting individual property rights
- supporting efforts of historic restoration and historic designation and promote contextual development should redevelopment occur
- promoting the maintenance of the urban tree canopy and enhancements associated with a pedestrian friendly neighborhood.
- The BWNA encourages all neighbors to participate in the betterment of the neighborhood by becoming active in our efforts to promote history, safety and social events.