WNA -Who We Are

The Westgate Neighbors Association (WNA) was formed in 2008 with the mission of preserving, improving, and enhancing the viability, livability, and overall quality of life for residents of Westgate.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit civic organization, composed of residents, business owners, and others interested in supporting our mission. The following principles guide our actions:

  • Promote community spirit among residents, businesses, organizations, and the surrounding neighborhoods
  • Restore, preserve, and maintain the character and distinct qualities of Westgate and its surrounding communities
  • Represent the interests of the residents of Westgate before governmental bodies
  • Work in cooperation with existing organizations on issues that impact Westgate
  • Encourage the development and retention of businesses that benefit the community
  • Engage and educate neighbors regarding issues of interest to our community
  • Promote the amenities and quality of life available in Westgate to those outside the neighborhood
  • Sponsor neighborhood projects and social events

Upcoming Board Vacancies

This October, we will be electing a new Vice PresidentTreasurer and Member at Large.  If you are excited about Westgate and want to serve your community, email news@westgateneighbors.org

Community meetings will be held the last Tuesday of May, August, and October at 7:00 p.m.
Meetings will be held at Parkview United Methodist Church, 344 S. Algonquin Ave. 
General meetings are held quarterly and are open to all. Meetings address topics of interest, issues affecting our area, implementation of projects, and upcoming social events.

 

Membership in WNA is open to everyone who is interested in contributing to the betterment of the neighborhood.

Why Join WNA?

  • make a difference where you live
  • involved neighbors care
  • demonstrate pride and lend your voice
  • regularly emailed newsletters
  • voting rights in WNA

For more information about becoming a member click here.

Accomplishments, Projects & Visions

  • Obtained $10,000 in grant money to establish Welcome to Westgate signage
  • Created the WestgateNeighbors.org website and Westgate Neighbors Association Facebook page
  • Co-sponsor, with Friends of Westgate Park (FoWP), Mums & Mummies, a celebration of fall colors and garden mums in Westgate Park
  • Collaborate with area civic groups
  • Support and promote Friends of Westgate Park initiatives, programs, and projects
  • Award an annual postsecondary education scholarship
  • Sponsor and support Westgate Farmers Market
  • Support Columbus Westside Running Club and sponsor Hilltop U.S.A. 5K
  • Welcomed new businesses: Koko (2020), The Design Refinery (2018), 3060 Gallery (2018), Pretty Pooch (2018), Clay Street Ceramics (2017), Third Way Cafe (2017), Adam B. Studio (2017), Westgate Salon (2016)
  • Organize and manage a rotating food truck schedule
  • Offer a microgrant to local Westgate businesses
  • Promote local businesses and encourage buying local
  • Celebrated our 10 year anniversary
  • Created Celebrating Westgate, a book dedicated to preserving a slice of history through historical notes, collected memories, recipes and photos. It may be purchased on our website, Westgate Salon, Westgate Farmers Market at the WNA table, and events.
  • Recognition of the WNA scholarship recipient for commitment to community service and leadership

2022 Westgate Neighbors Association Board

Upcoming Board Vacancies

This October, we will be electing a new Vice PresidentTreasurer and Member at Large.  If you are excited about Westgate and want to serve your community, email news@westgateneighbors.org

Executive Committee

President:
  Michael Blake

Vice-President:
 Robin Bennett

Secretary:
 Jon Houze

Treasurer:
 
Greg Kindel   

Member-At-Large:
 
Angie Redmond

Board Members

Andy Lucas
Susan Duel
Jennifer Morrison
Jen Axe
Kelli Blinn
Joe VanHorn

Michael Blake

President

Susan Duel

Vice-President

Margaret Saldivar

Secretary

Greg Kindel

Treasurer

Neighborhood Partners

  Sue Laughlin, Friends of Westgate Park  
  David Jennings, WNA Social Media Manager 
  Alan Jazak, Website Manager 
  Tasha Corson, Official Westgate Blockwatch 
  JR McMillan, Westgate Watch 

WNA Committees

COMMITTEES

  WESTGATE HOME AND GARDEN TOUR
An opportunity to showcase our unique area, the Westgate Home and Garden Tour has welcomed hundreds of guests and future residents. The committee plans, coordinates, supervises and implements all aspects of the event. We encourage ambassadors to attend at least one Westgate Home and Garden Tour before becoming a tour ambassador. For more information or to become and ambassador contact us. 

  MEMBERSHIP
The committee coordinates activities during the annual  membership drive in June. For more information or to become an ambassador contact us.

  COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Building and maintaining neighborhood connections is the number one priority of the Community Enhancement Committee. The Committee plans multiple events over the year to provide opportunities for neighbors to come together. Events such as a cocktail party, a Westgate Night out private-event at Columbus Brewing Company and Music on the Porch all enhance our neighborhood togetherness. For more information or to become an ambassador contact us.

  MUMS & MUMMIES
A fall festival of garden mums, games, trunk or treat, food and drink and costume contests for kids, adults and our pets in Westgate Park! This is a FREE neighborhood event and is co-hosted with Friends of Westgate Park (FOWP). There is also a bake sale fundraiser for FOWP.  The committee plans, coordinates, supervises and implements all aspects of the event. For more information or to become an ambassador contact us.

  NEW NEIGHBOR WELCOME
Ambassadors take the opportunity to personally welcome new residents to Westgate by delivering welcome packets which include information about WNA, trash and recycling, neighborhood events, and more. For more information or to become an ambassador contact us.

  SCHOLARSHIP
Committee members review, update and communicate the application process, and determine the recipient. For more information or to become an ambassador contact us. 

  FOOD TRUCKS
Westgate has become a hotspot on StreetFoodFinder.com and has gained popularity among central Ohio food truck operators! Scheduling food trucks is one of our favorite tasks to coordinate and volunteers have FUN bringing new food options each month to Westgate! For more information or to become an ambassador contact us.

 

Things ambassadors can do:

  • Deliver new neighbor welcome packets
  • Coordinate food truck visits
  • Sell ads and tickets for Home and Garden Tour
  • Help select scholarship recipient
  • Coordinate ambassadors for our events
  • Storyteller at Mums and Mummies
  • Advocate for Westgate and so much more!

Want to learn more about becoming an ambassador? Contact us below!

Westgate The Neighborhood

Westgate is one of the most unique neighborhoods in all of Columbus. It’s eclectic, active, and beautifully and lovingly maintained. See what we’re bragging about!

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