In order to establish a better future
for people living in the Parramore District, in June 2005 Orlando Mayor
Buddy Dyer and District 5 City Commissioner Daisy W. Lynum partnered
together to create the initiative, Pathways for Parramore. With more
than 73% of Parramore’s children living in poverty, 47% of adults living
without a stable education and juvenile arrest rates 2 ˝ times that of
Orlando’s citywide rates during that time, the program wanted to
revitalize the historic Parramore community.
With two years worth of research and stakeholder input, the Pathways
initiative decided to focus on five key areas: housing, public safety,
business development, children and education and quality of life. The
goal for the last several years and years to come is to restore the
Parramore Heritage community into a safe, livable, sustainable and
prosperous place Orlando citizens, businesses and institutions can
the Pathways for Parramore initiative, the City’s Housing and Community
Development Department plays an integral role in the program by
increasing safe, sanitary and affordable owner-occupied housing. Through
new construction, substantial rehabilitation and homeownership
assistance the department has helped develop and restore 35 homes and
create 120 new housing units.
Serving the Parramore community, the Orlando Police Department and the
City’s Code Enforcement Division work together to reduce crime and code
violations as well as create better public safety within the district.
Along with the OPD and Code Enforcement, there are 19 captains that lead
others in the Neighborhood Watch Block program.
In addition, the Solid Waste Department also ensures public safety by
providing the citizens of Parramore efficient, cost effective solid
waste collection and recycling services. The department offers curbside
pickup for residents as well as for businesses and apartment communities
within the City limits.
With the help of the City’s Office of Business Assistance, Parramore has
worked hard to create a stable and diversified economy. By creating an
entrepreneurial environment and offering business assistance, the Office
of Business Assistance has been able to welcome more than a dozen new
retail and commercial businesses. The CRA has also provided incentive
programs for assistance through the Minority/Women Business Assistance
Children and Education
In order to equip the 2,000 youth living in Parramore with the skills
and education necessary to grow up strong, healthy and well-educated,
the Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ) project was found. PKZ connects youth to
essential education services and aims to lower teenage pregnancy,
juvenile crime and child abuse rates.
Quality of Life
To ensure a better quality of life for the Parramore district, the City
of Orlando’s Department of Public Works and the City’s Economic
Development Board have joined together. They aim to create
sustainability within the neighborhood and provide jobs and
opportunities for residents and local businesses.
Z.L. Riley Park, Parramore’s premier park
consists of almost two acres of land at the corner of Parramore Avenue
and Conley Street. Designed with input from residents in the Parramore
community, the park includes a large shelter and stage area, space on
each side of the interior sidewalk for festivals or farmers’ market use,
a picnic area, steel drums and a shaded playground.
Church Street Streetscape, a $15.4 million investment in
streetscape and transit improvements along Church Street from Division
Avenue to Tampa Avenue was made possible through the 2005 Federal
Transportation Reauthorization Act. The project is currently under
construction and scheduled to be completed in July 2014.
The opening of the Amway Center in October 2010 was a catalyst
for new development and re-birth in Parramore. In addition to the
thousands of jobs and opportunities created during its construction,
operation of the Amway Center has generated nearly 3,000 jobs and
allowed Orlando to host the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.
The Men's Service Center is currently under construction and
scheduled to open in September 2013. Upon opening, the Coalition intends
to operate programs within this facility aimed at assisting homeless
persons in regaining self-sufficiency by providing intake and case
management for all residents.
The LYNX LYMMO service, which provides free bus service downtown,
is coming to Parramore in 2014. The Parramore Bus Rapid Transit
expansion of the LYMMO system will largely operate in designated bus
lanes on Amelia Street, Terry Avenue, Livingston Street, Hughey Avenue,
Central Boulevard and Garland Avenue.