YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, May 10, 2018 – Valley View Apartments, with the Youngstown Police Department C.O.P.S. Unit, recently hosted a “Spring Thing Picnic” for residents. Local leaders and representatives from numerous city and county services, as well as area not-for-profit organizations joined in the family-friendly get-together at Aut Mori Grotto Hall; more than 50 residents and children attended.

Members of Aut Mori Grotto Hall staff volunteered at the get-together, helping members of the Valley View management team serve an array of picnic fare. The menu included hamburgers, hot dogs and macaroni salad, along with snacks and beverages – donated in part by the City of Youngstown’s Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (C.I.R.V.) and Youngstown 4th Ward City Councilman Mike Ray. Valley View provided gift cards for door prizes, while 6th Ward I.C.U. Block Watch President Victoria Allen donated toys for the children.

“Our Spring Thing Picnic brought together many great resources available in the Youngstown community – with the goal to introduce or reintroduce them to our residents,” said Dennis Yurco, property manager. “We thank the Youngstown Police Department, especially 4th Ward Community Police Officer Melvin Johnson, for their generous support of the event. A great time was had by all.”

During the picnic, representatives from area organizations chatted with attendees and provided information. Participants included the Western Reserve Transit Authority, Planned Parenthood, Neil Kennedy Recovery Centers, Warriors Inc., Doctor of Smiles Supplemental Dental Assistance. The Women of Worth Program of C.I.R.V. also participated. A partnership of the law enforcement’s Family Investigative Services Unit, area social services and the community, C.I.R.V. focuses on reducing violence in the city.

“Dennis and I were pleased with the response from residents of Valley View, and look forward to planning other events in the near future to continue our community-building efforts,” said Officer Johnson, who has been with the Youngstown Police Department for 17 years.

“Officer Johnson and the Youngstown Police Department have great relationships with Valley View residents and our property management team,” added Shannon Saks, regional manager with Tryko Partners, the property’s owner. “We appreciate their efforts and assistance in helping make our residents aware of the many critical resources in Youngstown.”

Tryko Partners, a private equity investment group based in Brick, N.J., purchased Valley View Apartments in late 2013. Located at 2626 Tyrell Ave., Valley View includes two contiguous garden-style projects. Valley View I consists of 84 one-, two- and three-bedroom units, while Valley View II has 48 units. Both projects provide ample off-street parking for residents, laundry rooms in each building and play areas for children. The property has undergone significant upgrades since Tryko took ownership.