It Takes A Neighborhood...
The City of Meriden is able to maintain the spirit of a close knit community with the help of its Neighborhood Associations. Meriden boasts nearly 30 groups of residents and business owners who collectively act to instill safety, pride, and a sense of togetherness in their neighborhoods. The City of Meriden provides each neighborhood association with a community police officer and a code enforcement officer as well as supporting the activities that each association undertakes.
Visible signs of each neighborhood association hard at work include neighborhood crime watch signs and "ALERT" postings in houses and businesses that raise safety awareness and help to limit the amount of suspicious and criminal activities that occur in and around each neighborhood. Community police officers further the sense of safety by walking their designated neighborhoods regularly, keeping office hours at locations within the neighborhood, and serving as a resource for individuals and each association. Community police officers often sponsor programs for neighborhood residents of all ages.
Meriden's neighborhood associations also strive to enhance their areas by sponsoring neighborhood cleanups. Many of the associations sponsor fundraising events in order to purchase community waste baskets and beautify the neighborhood with flowers and signs. A social atmosphere is created at neighborhood picnics and social events such as pasta suppers and ice cream socials. Neighborhood associations also help residents come together in times of crisis. Associations help residents recover from fires and personal tragedies. They also help residents unite and speak with a singular voice when issues that affect their neighborhood arise.