French Creek Development Association (FCDA) is a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting and enhancing the down town area known as the French Creek District. As the banners on the utility poles proclaim:
“French Creek District is the Heart of Avon”
Over the years, FCDA has implemented improvements such as the Gazebo and the adjacent park, The Centennial Plaza with the cast iron clock, the signage "ball" and plaza at the entrance to the Little League fields and other improvements. We also provide the flowers that are installed in the summer and the holiday wreaths in the winter on the utility poles along Detroit Road.
Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt was held at the Avon Isle on April 5, 2014. Approximately 300 people were served and groups of kids in three age categories had fun collecting plastic eggs stuffed with candy. Mayor Bryan Jensen was on hand to start the egg hunt. The event was organized by FCDA with support from Tom’s Country Place who provided the pancakes and sausage, and Coleone’s Pizza provided breakfast pizza. Primary sponsors were: State Farm – Marci Barrett, Details, First Federal of Lorain, KinderCare Learning Center, Wealth Health LLC, Kidsmile Inc, Avon Vision Center and CommStar. Thank you goes to all the helpers, especially co-chairs Tess Wearsh and Deb Morris. Thank you goes also to the girls from local schools who waited on the tables and assisted the bunny-rabbit in photo opportunity with the kids. KinderCare provided an activity corner and the kids enjoyed face painting and a coloring contest. The event raised over $2,000 which will be used to purchase hanging flower baskets for the center of town.
Birthday gift: FCDA celebrated the Avon Bicentennial by installing 15 planters on the south side of Detroit Rd. between SR 611 and SR 83. This birthday gift to the city is a permanent improvement making our downtown area more appealing. On June 7 public was invited to participate in community planting of the new planters. It wass a way to participate in Avon’s history. See the photo page for pictures of the event.
Fall-Into-Avon Festival is already being planned by FCDA, raising funds is well on the way and the various venues are being organized. These include: Taste of Avon, Car Show, Kids Pavilion, BMX Bike & Skateboard Challenge, Scarecrow Competition, Pet Adoption with Dick Goddard, and of course the local merchants with sidewalk sales on the weekend of Sept 6 and 7. Special this year will be opening of a time capsule and depositing of new time capsule to be opened in the future years. This venue marks the Avon’s Bicentennial – plan on being part of it!
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