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E-Newsletter 6/18: Community Design Charrette Update; RSVP for Part II on 6/22; Internship Program


This newsletter keeps our community informed about the latest news on the Rodney Reservoir and shares opportunities for everyone to engage and take action.

WHO WE ARE: Green for the Greater Good is a group of neighbors working to keep the Rodney Reservoir site public, safe and green so all residents can enjoy its use. All are welcome to join this effort!


Many thanks to everyone who joined the first session of the Rodney Reservoir Community Design Charrette on Tuesday. Over 60 residents, a representative from the City of Wilmington and other stakeholders took part in a visioning workshop led by the University of Delaware’s Living Lab. Find pictures from the event here.

The goal of the Charette is to engage everyone who cares about the Rodney Reservoir in working together to imagine its future as a public park. Session I included a presentation on the history of the site as a part of the City’s water infrastructure and public park, examples of other parks around the world, including the adaptive reuse of water tanks like the one at the Rodney Reservoir, and lots of opportunity for discussion and brainstorming about the features residents would like to see in the future park.

Green for the Greater Good has organized this Charette in collaboration with UD’s Living Lab because we want the public to have a role in the design of the future Rodney Reservoir park, and we believe one of the best ways for the community to make its voice heard is to give residents the opportunity to come together in collaboration with experts and put our ideas on paper.


All are welcome to attend Session II of the Rodney Reservoir Community Design Charette on Thursday 6/22 to see and give feedback on preliminary design concepts that incorporate the ideas generated in Session I. The event is open to everyone, even if you weren’t able to attend Session I. Please RSVP and spread the word to your neighbors!

Community Design Charrette Session II: Thursday, June 22nd

  • 3:30 PM or 6:30 PM (choose one)

  • @ St. Francis Hospital (use main entrance, follow signage, free parking in parking structure)

  • Review and give feedback on park design ideas and concepts


Community Design Charrette Session III: Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30 PM on zoom

On Tuesday, June 27, UD’s Living Lab will present a final preliminary design that incorporates the ideas from residents and other stakeholders in Session I and community feedback from Session II. We will also discuss next steps for how to share the preliminary design produced through the Rodney Reservoir Community Design Charette with community members and the City.


Please spread the word about an internship opportunity for local youth to get involved in the Rodney Reservoir Community Design Project. We are recruiting high school and college students and recent graduates of either to contribute to the remaining charrette sessions this month and beyond. Stipends are available. Please see the website for more information.


We all need to work together to make sure our neighborhood is heard and the city works with us on the future of the Rodney Reservoir! Here are some ways you can help:

Follow Green for the Greater Good on Facebook and Instagram @GreenfortheGreaterGood

Share posts on your own social media.

Visit the website for the latest news.

Join weekly Saturday meetings at 10 AM at the Church of The Holy City at 1118 N. Broom Street. Enter to the right of the main door and enter through the side door.

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