PZC and the Flint River Watershed Coalition host visioning session for Flint Park Lake in Flint
On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, a team of researchers from the LPI’s Planning & Zoning Center and the Flint River Watershed Coalition continued its efforts in the neighborhood surrounding Flint Park
On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, a team of researchers from the LPI’s Planning & Zoning Center (PZC) and the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) continued its efforts in the neighborhood surrounding Flint Park Lake by presenting a new draft vision for the community to area stakeholders and residents at The New McCree Theatre in Flint. The draft Vision was created after engaging and gathering input from citizens and stakeholders at a previous event in Fall 2013.
More than 25 individuals attended the presentation of the Vision, and provided input, feedback and suggestions that will continue to help in the development of the Vision document. The draft Vision is centered on three principle goals:
- Recreation improvements;
- Neighborhood stabilization and targeted redevelopment; and
- Improved water quality.
The draft Vision also outlines stakeholder responsibilities for the implementation of the goals and action steps. Implementation will require a concerted and cooperative effort from many existing stakeholders and organizations currently working in the area along with the City of Flint and Genesee County. This Vision attempts to summarize the current efforts of existing stakeholders and the countless opportunities for future improvements.
Flint-area attendees spoke positively about the draft Vision but also requested the need for more immediate action that precedes the goals and actions steps outlined in the Vision. Residents and stakeholders expressed the desire to organize themselves as a neighborhood group or nonprofit in order to implement the changes that they desire, as well as those outlined in the draft Vision. Area residents and stakeholders showed excitement and enthusiasm for revitalizing the neighborhood, as well as the vigor and willingness to volunteer their time to ensure that their goals are reached.
The PZC and the FRWC will now revise and amend the draft Vision document based on feedback received from citizens during the presentation before finalizing the document and once again sharing it with residents and stakeholders. The next draft of the Vision document will consist of a new section that outlines the necessary steps needed before implementing the goals of the Vision document.
Download the presentation at: Presenting a Vision for Flint Park Lake. Learn more about this project at GLRI Saginaw Bay Watershed Project: Flint and Shiawassee Rivers Watershed.