Projects and Programs

(Organized by committee)

Development (Landmarks) Committee

The volunteer-led CY Development (Landmarks) Committee successfully brought landmarks district status to the neighborhood in 2019. This designation help protects Cooper-Young’s historic homes and gives the neighborhood a voice in shaping future residential development. Click here for more information.

Cooper St. Trestle Art

Our beautiful Cooper-Street Trestle Art is not only nationally recognized, it’s also absolutely full of our distinctively charming local architecture. Designed and built by metal artist Jill Turman, the structure features twelve buildings from throughout the neighborhood. We dedicated this beloved work of art in 2000 and, in 2015, had the great pleasure of converting the entire structure to solar power. We love maintaining this important point of neighborhood pride and hope you’ll help us keep it up for years to come.

Annual Events

We hope you’ll join us for some of our great annual events. From the Festival Friday 4-Miler to our CY Beerfest, we love a great party! We also organize 20+ neighborhood events throughout the year, encouraging everyone in Cooper-Young to come out and have a great time. Be sure to check our calendar for upcoming activities or join our mailing list for weekly updates.

Beautification and Sustainable Living

The beautification team is feeling frisky in 2017. We’re still on the hunt for the right property to break ground on our CY urban orchard and learning garden, and we will be working on restoring a native habitat on former railroad land in the northeast part of the neighborhood. The Compost Fairy has some big news and a new headquarters, new equipment, and an expanded mission. AND, we will be doing a survey to determine eligible sites for street trees in the neighborhood, so if you love trees, are interested in creating shade and reducing the Heat Island Effect, and want to help make our neighborhood even more beautiful, contact us at, and maybe your property can be a pilot early this spring!

Compost Fairy
Community Trash Cans and Recycling Bins


The Cooper Young Arboretum project was created by the Cooper Young Garden Club to encourage community involvement within our own urban forest. Our arboretum encompasses trees located in the front yards of homes, the Spanish American War Park, local businesses, and schools within our neighborhood.


The Transportation Team is an effort identified as a need and created directly as the result of our 5 Year Plan initiative. The primary focus of this team is to plan and implement creative solutions to improve access and address safety concerns regarding pedestrian, cycling, public transit, and parking issues in Cooper-Young. The Transportation Team also hopes to serve as a resource for residents, offering information and support for public initiatives like sidewalk maintenance and speedbump placement. For 2017 the team is seeking to engage residents hands-on in identifying safety issues, maintenance concerns, and opportunities for improvement, while building relationships with stakeholders, government, and residents to facilitate long-term solutions.


Youth and Family

The Youth & Family team is being formed to bring more activities and involvement for our Cooper Young families and youth. This team will take part in the 4th of July parade preparations and host a CYCA family Halloween party. We are also excited to announce that we are going to create two junior seats on the CYCA board for a high school junior and senior to give a voice to the younger generation in our community; these junior board positions will also include a college scholarship.

Youth Leadership Scholarship
Fourth of July parade
Halloween party


Do you love marketing and communications? Are you a creative-type? Do you love Cooper Young? The CYCA Communications Team is looking for new members to join us in communicating through the LampLighter, our website, Social Media and beyond!

Lamplighter (link to Lamplighter page) (volunteer info)
Social media connections
Join our online mailing list
Connect with your neighbors via Nextdoor (link to Nextdoor in FAQ?)

Safety Awareness

Cooper-Young is a wonderful neighborhood that offers many diverse amenities to its residents. The safety of our residents should be an absolute priority shared by all. As Safety Awareness Chair, it will be my goal to educate the neighborhood in all aspects of safety, not just crime. I hope to bring a realistic viewpoint to all through this educational and learning process.

Benevolence Fund

This program is to support Cooper-Youngers who find themselves in temporary financial duress. Residents can nominate themselves or others for the program. More info can be found at

Join CYCA Leadership!
Are you passionate about Cooper-Young? Do you have great ideas for projects in the neighborhood? Do you like working with your neighbors and leading them in making Cooper-Young an even better community? We want to talk to you about joining our board! CYCA board members meet once a month to catch up with neighborhood happenings, compare notes on on-going projects, and brainstorm new ideas for the community. The commitment can be as little as four hours a month. Get involved.