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As more and more people discover the allure of the good life in Millbrook, the community spirit of this close-knit city is flourishing On the Grow Numbers don’t lie. And the numbers surrounding Millbrook, Montgomery’s neighbor to the north, are rising higher by the day. The city consistently ranks among the fastest growing cities in Alabama, with its estimated 2011 population of 14,639 in the incorporated area representing a 41-percent increase since 2000. An additional estimated 21,175 people reside in the surrounding unincorporated areas and in the neighboring municipalities of Coosada, Deatsville and Elmore. This influx of new residents has spurred unprecedented residential building in recent decades, which in turn attracted new commercial and retail development. City leaders are thrilled with Millbrook’s growth and diligently work to make sure that services meet and exceed needs. “I feel it is my responsibility as Mayor to ensure public services keep pace with the demands created by rapid growth,” said Mayor Al
Kelley. Recent actions taken to achieve this include the construction in 2012 of a new facility to serve the police and court departments, a major utility infrastructure upgrade made possible by a grant, continued investment in city parks, development of a multi-lane corridor connecting the city’s northern and southern arteries, new vehicles and equipment for police and fire departments, and expansion of street and maintenance services. “Experienced and knowledgeable city employees consistently show that they are equal to the tasks placed before them and deliver city services efficiently and professionally,” Mayor Kelley added. Community Counts Yet numbers and building projects alone don’t tell Millbrook’s real story or reveal its true essence. For most residents, the intangibles are more important and are best described by one word: “community.” According to Mayor
Kelley, “Community is what ranks close to the top among those things that must be maintained. Community in Millbrook is the kindred spirit, the thread that binds all of us together. It is the annual barbeques, parades and fireworks shows. For those who live it, breathe it and expect it, it is dear and important. This sense of community and the high quality of life it provides is also one of my responsibilities, and I take it very seriously.” To ensure that community is not lost to growth and to maintain the simplicity of a quiet, relaxing, safe and healthy lifestyle, the city readily invests in parks and recreation and civic facilities and venues. The city’s continuing support of local public schools and youth, which takes many forms including both in-kind services and financial contributions to building improvements and academic programs, further enhances the spirit of community. Out & About The great outdoors plays a prominent role in Millbrook’s quality of life, with nature’s beauty celebrated at six wellequipped and maintained public parks that provide recreational options for all ages. Ongoing improvements keep the Village Green, Millbrook’s oldest park, a popular community gathering place, and it is the venue for annual events including the Millbrook Farmers Market, the Spirit of Christmas Parade and the Mardi Gras Parade & Festival. The Pines municipal golf course welcomes experienced and novice golfers. Multiple other outdoor activities are enjoyed at facilities at nearby lakes and waterways. The Alabama River is easily accessed from Highway 143, and scenic Lakes Martin and
Jordan are a short drive via Alabama Highways 14 and 143. Creeks meander throughout the city and public parks, and natural ponds dot the landscape in neighborhoods and on small farms. The most significant asset in the Millbrook area is the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF). Its headquarters are located on the grounds of the historic Lanark estate only one mile from city hall, and there, AWF is building a top-notch conservation education facility called The Alabama Nature Center. Already in place are miles of diverse nature trails, a pavilion and exceptional programs and events for schools and the public including nature photography classes, gardening workshops, kids’ fishing rodeos and more. Millbrook is dedicated to continuing the growth of the local economy and expanding outdoor activities. In recent years, the City of Millbrook and local sponsors, including the Alabama Wildlife Federation, the Millbrook Area Chamber of Commerce and the Elmore County Commission, hosted both the state and the national championship Crappie Masters fishing tournaments. The Sum of These Parts In addition to all of these attributes, Millbrook has easy access to Interstates 65 and 85, job opportunities and the additional services of nearby Montgomery. This combination means Millbrook residents readily enjoy the best of all worlds. With so much to offer and much more to come, the essence of community in this city is only improving with growth.
Activity All Year Long Millbrook’s Annual Events The Millbrook Revelers Mardi Gras Parade & Festival Saturday, February 11, 2012 SummerFest Friday, July 27, 2012, The Pines Golf Course The Spirit of Christmas Parade & Festival Saturday, December 1, 2012 The Millbrook Farmer’s Market Tuesdays in June, July and August, on the Village Green
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Published on Mar 28, 2012