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E-Newsletter 7/20: Working Group Meeting, Free Farm Stand, Community Design Charrette Recap

Updated: Jul 24, 2023



E-Newsletter


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!

1. RODNEY RESERVOIR WORKING GROUP

First Meeting on Monday, July 24, 4:30-6 PM, 800 N. French St., Turner Conference Room - 6th Floor, Department of Public Works


Since last June, Green for the Greater Good has been advocating for the formation of a Community-City Working Group to facilitate communication, collaboration and shared decision-making between residents and City officials to determine the future of the Rodney Reservoir, which the Mayor has promised to make into a park.

In late May, Mayor Purzycki announced plans to launch a Rodney Reservoir Advisory Committee, with members appointed by his office and other elected officials. We are happy to announce that the Rodney Reservoir Advisory Committee will include some residents. Many thanks to our elected officials for nominating members of the community and everyone who has been involved in organizing around this issue.

The Working Group’s meetings will be open to the public, and we encourage everyone to attend and engage. Green for the Greater Good will bring the many ideas residents generated together through the charrettes to this committee and will continue to advocate for the community’s voice in this forum.


The first meeting will take place on Monday, July 24th from 4:30-6:00 at the Louis L. Redding City County Building at 800 N. French Street in Wilmington. The room location is the Turner Conference Room on the 6th Floor, in the offices of the Department of Public Works.


2. FREE FARM STAND

Thursday, 7/27, and select Thursdays, 6-8 PM in the West Side Grows Community Garden @ the Rodney Reservoir

All are invited to a summer series of Free Farm Stand events at the West Side Grows Community Garden at the Rodney Reservoir. Stop by on Thursdays from 6-8 PM for fresh vegetables from the garden and more! The inaugural event on 7/6, which featured cabbages, was a lot of fun! Thanks to all the neighbors who stopped by to explore the garden and glean greens, herbs and more from the garden plots. We hope everyone can stop by Thursday's free farm stand, which will feature all-ages garden tours. Future dates include: August 10, August 24 Check the website for the latest information!

3. RODNEY RESERVOIR COMMUNITY DESIGN CHARRETTE RECAP AND NEXT STEPS

Once more we thank everyone who engaged in the Rodney Reservoir Community Design Charrette events last month. More than 80 individuals–including neighbors, partners, city officials and other stakeholders– took part across the in-person sessions at Saint Francis Hospital and the final event on Zoom.

The charrette was facilitated by partners from the University of Delaware's Living Lab Research Group, led by Anna Wik, RLA, ASLA and Dr. Nina David, professors in the Plant and Soil Sciences department and the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, respectively, and a team of talented undergraduate fellows. The collaboration was funded by a mini-grant from the Wilmington Partnership. We extend our thanks to this team and are excited to continue working with them in the fall! (Read on to learn more!)


Thanks also go to our friends at Saint Francis Hospital for hosting the in-person portion of the charrette.


Find more details on the charrette in a new blog post, and stay tuned for next steps on how you can get involved in the design process.

GET MORE INVOLVED:

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:

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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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