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Rodney Reservoir Park Design Events Feb. 1 and Feb. 3

In this week’s e-Newsletter, we're urging everyone to participate in the upcoming Rodney Reservoir Park Design Review events to share your feedback on the proposed design for a community- and nature-based park.


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. THIS WEEK: PARTICIPATE IN RODNEY RESERVOIR PARK DESIGN REVIEW EVENTS

When: Thursday 2/1 @ 6-8 PM and Saturday, 2/3 @  2-5PM 

Where: St. Anthony's School in the cafeteria (enter from 10th street). 


The sessions will be facilitated by Hinge Collective, the landscape architecture firm hired by the City of Wilmington to engage the community in developing a design for the future Rodney Reservoir Park. 


This is an important opportunity for you to advocate for your vision for the site! We hope you can come out to see the designs so far, share your input and priorities, and bring more neighbors to get involved in the process.


RSVP (encouraged but not required): Thursday event here;  Sat event here.


2. CONTINUING TO BUILD A RESIDENT-DRIVEN VISION FOR A NATURE-BASED AND COMMUNITY-FOCUSED PARK AT THE  RODNEY RESERVOIR

As we all work together on the community design process for the future Rodney Reservoir Park, it’s a great time to reflect back on what’s been accomplished so far. Here are the key values and priorities that emerged from the design charrette last summer where more than 80 neighbors and community members came together to think and dream about what the Rodney Reservoir could become:


  • The community wants to be involved in the design process.

  • Strong preference for the entire site to be publicly accessible greenspace for people of all ages and abilities.

  • Desire to make this space interactive and engaging for residents of all ages.

  • Broad agreement to build on current uses of the site to create a space that includes a community garden, apiary and wildlife habitat.

  • Appreciation for having natural space at the future Rodney Reservoir Park as a way to address the lack of access to natural spaces in dense urban Wilmington neighborhoods like ours.

  • Interest in folding multiple features and amenities into the future park design such as recreational amenities, outdoor learning environments, public art, a water feature and a dog park.

  • Appreciation for the elevation at the site, which gives visitors the sense of being outside the City.

  • Need to balance access, safety, usable space and elevation to create a great public space.

  • Rodney Reservoir Park as a key resource for developing local solutions to offset the challenges that global warming and other environmental crises pose to our community – from mitigating heat island effect and cleaning our air to contributing to public health and creating new educational opportunities for our children and youth.


Visit Green for the Greater Good’s website for a recap of the charette and see more Rodney Reservoir Park design ideas that residents and UD students have developed over the last year.


3. ACTION ALERT

Stay tuned for an Action Alert next week to communicate with our elected officials about environmental issues at the site and need for more actions to keep our community safe and to make sure the design becomes a reality.


GET MORE INVOLVED:

We need to work together to make sure our neighborhood is heard and the city works with our community to build Rodney Reservoir Park! 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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