One of the best kept little secrets of Central Phoenix is the Cheery Lynn Neighborhood. When you step off of the hustle and bustle of 16th Street, it is almost like being transformed back in time. The Cheery Lynn neighborhood began as early as 1924 and steadily progressed with individual builders constructing homes through the decades. The neighborhood boundaries stretch from Osborn to Thomas and 16th Street to Evergreen/Randolph Road. The central point of the neighborhood is the lovely LDS church which was built in 1953 and has welcomed the Association to hold its monthly meetings within it. Prior to the church's construction, what is now Randolph Road was a dry canal with huge towering cottonwood trees where current homeowners still remember playing there as children. South of the church along Evergreen were desert trees that grew profusely.
The Greater Cheery Lynn Neighborhood Association was established in 2003. Our first neighborhood association President not only grew up here, but was also a pom-pom girl at North High School and until just recently owned the vintage shop located at 16th Street and Earll Drive called Lizabel’s Treasures. Not only did some residents grow up here, but there are second, third and even fourth generation homeowners to this day. Stepping off 16th Street into the neighborhood will find people pushing strollers, walking dogs, jogging, skating, riding bikes and enjoying a porch party with their neighbors. In the lush green yard of the church, there are often mothers with small children, kids playing catch, an impromptu meeting of dog owners where dogs and neighbors alike can get better acquainted, and where neighborhood ice cream socials put on by the neighborhood association have been held from time to time.
It is very common to see families and friends enjoying a bike ride together, and on some Saturday mornings, weather permitting, several people may meet to ride the neighborhood together and off to a nearby coffee shop afterwards.
On our Fourth Fridays many of the neighbors will meet at one of our homes for happy hour, appetizers and general catching up on goings on.
The spring time brings the Bonnet Parade for the wee ones to parade down the street with their big wheels, tricycles, scooters, carrying signs, ringing bells, and of course, wearing their bonnets on the way to the church yard for an Easter Egg Hunt, some face painting, and refreshments.
In December we have the Christmas lights judging. A group of 5-11 year olds come out at night to tour the neighborhood and choose the house that they think is decorated the best. They are, after all, the most competent of judges. Final decisions are usually reached over a cup of hot cocoa and decorated sugar cookies.
Spending time on front porches is widely enjoyed. It’s not unusual to see several neighbors gathered together to pass a little evening time. A great diversity exists among the individuals and families that live here. Some are relatively new, while others have lived here since childhood. Our strong sense of community brings us together through planned activities and events.