In anticipation of the m7 Street Fair on Saturday, March 6, DPJ is spending the week getting to know the great businesses, neighborhoods and people that make the Melrose area so intriguing.

Photo courtesy of the Woodlea Melrose Neighborhood Association

The Woodlea Melrose neighborhood includes over 350 single-family homes in the area bound by Indian School Road on the south, the Grand Canal on the north, 7th Avenue on the east and 15th Avenue on the west.

Although our neighborhood is nestled in the heart of Phoenix, it is a quiet cottage community where most of the homes are between 40 and 70 years old. Our residents are a mix of young and old — many of our residents are original homeowners. We even have some second- and third-generation homeowners!

We are proud of the character and charm of our area. Our neighborhood association was formed in 1987 to help us meet the mounting challenges of maintaining a thriving community in Central Phoenix. There is power in numbers and the unity from the association provides a way for all the neighbors to get together and help make this the best place to live in Phoenix.

Our Goals

  • Promote a sense of community and cohesiveness in the neighborhood by organizing neighborhood events.
  • Present a unified voice to the city, county and state governments and adjacent businesses on various issues that may affect our neighborhood. Areas of particular concern include zoning issues, traffic control, crime prevention and property appearance.
  • Reduce crime in the neighborhood by promoting the Block Watch Program and providing a liaison with the Phoenix Police Department.


The Woodlea Melrose Neighborhood Association has five elected officers: chairman, vice chairman, information officer, treasurer and secretary. These board officers are elected to a one-year term.

We are registered with the City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department as an incorporated neighborhood association. Our membership dues are $10 a year, which includes many benefits: the publication and home delivery of the “Neighborhood News” six times a year; annual neighborhood yard sale each October, including signs and advertising; the annual neighborhood block party each November; holiday luminaria candles and bags each December; and much, much more!

Dues run from December 1 through the following November. The association is a nonprofit organization, which means your dues and donations are tax deductible.

We would like all residents of the Woodlea Melrose Neighborhood to join us. We do make a difference! We encourage you to get involved by becoming an association volunteer or street representative — you’ll be able to help in so many ways.

Carrie Dyrek is the Chair of the Woodlea-Melrose Neighborhood Association.