by Scott Sherrill, UNC MPA Student
On October 22 from 11 AM until 3 PM, town staff and volunteers gathered at University Mall to interact with the public on the themes for Chapel Hill 2020 and to encourage participation in the process. The central areas of University mall were filled with activities for kids, information about specific programs and services and areas for contributing to the Town’s vision for Chapel Hill 2020.
The Open House was a fun and light-hearted occasion involving the opening of the temporary library location, a fire safety puppet show, town vehicles on display, including fire trucks, police cars, water rescue equipment, a Chapel Hill Transit bus, one of the green trucks used to collect parking meters, some heavy public works equipment including solid waste collection vehicles, a bucket truck, a garbage truck, a storm water pumper, and numerous other pieces of equipment. Operators of each vehicle were close by to answer any questions and also to supervise any young visitors who might have wanted to climb up into the cockpit of some of their favorite equipment.
Some also had the opportunity to do some creative diagramming at a table near Southern Season to create some visual and word depictions for what they wanted Chapel Hill to look like.
Of course, the day was not just fun and games. Volunteers actively worked to recruit committee members for each of the six theme areas, solicited feedback on the themes, and surveyed attendees to determine what had drawn them out to the event.
The next meeting will be October 27, from 4:30-6:30 at Ephesus Elementary Schools, and will be the first time all the key theme working groups meet. No matter what your interest, we hope you’ll join us there!