Next for Barclay/Downtown
What's next for Barclay? Let's discuss and decide! Many terrific ideas where raised at the two meetings in October and NOW it's time to make a plan. Help make the plan & enact change. December 19, 2012 @ Jr's No. 19 6-7pm.
There are some great 6 word memoirs in the Complete Streets document & really cool ideas in the Barclay document.
Main Street Meetings
Time to talk about some options for Barclay Avenue- - Put these meetings on your calendar!
October 2012 Task Forces Update
Plenty of great work has taken place this summer! Here is an update:
The Dam Park Task Force working with Widseth, Smith & Nolting has a swimming beach design. The fund raising continues with the Buy a Brick Campaign (see below for information). The DPTF is hoping to install the beach in Spring 2013 if funds are secured. In addition the the Buy a Brick Campaign, different grants will be applied for once estimates are in for the installation of the beach. Also in Dam Park news - the Planning Meeting, held July 30th after the Groundbreaking at the Park, resulted in multiple ideas for community members on items that the DPTF can work on - some of those are: leveling the lawn/greenspace areas, outdoor shower and drinking fountain, traffic calming measures (crosswalk, speedbumps, more signage), fixing the bathrooms, and more benches and picnic tables. Finally- - the DPTF is starting to talk about its annual fund raiser - the past two years have been a Fish Fry. We'd love your opinion- - another Fish Fry? Or something else? Email suggestions and comments to info @ pinerivergreensteps.org
The Community Garden season is wrapping up - Annual meeting to be held Thursday, Oct. 11 with 5:30pm potluck and 6pm meeting. This gardening season the CG Board brought in alpaca manure and wood ash for soil amendments. In addition there were multiple season extension demonstrations at the CG. This was also the first year for a community crop, kale. Many of the dishes at the annual meeting may contain the community crop. Kale is incredibly hardy and has survived the multiple frosts we've received thus far this Fall.
The GreenStep Task Force has been working with Envision Minnesota recently as part of a free technical assistance grant. Envision MN and the GSTF have 2 upcoming meetings focused on the downtown Main Street, Barclay Avenue. The first, October 16, 6pm @ HUG will be about Complete Streets, a concept suggesting that we can design our streets to maximize the functionality of them for ALL users (pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, etc). At this meeting, neighbor city, Little Falls' engineer will share about their experience modifying their Main Street. Other examples and ideas will be discussed in order to get a sense of what business owners and community members would most like to see. Two weeks later, October 30, 6pm @ HUG a second meeting will be held, this time focusing on Downtown Beautification. How can we make Barclay more aesthetically appealing? Discussion will cover many options from bike racks, benches, planters, trees to public art, murals, flags or ?? Like the Complete Streets meeting, examples from other communities, digital photos manipulated to show Pine River with different options, discussion and presentations from experts will round each evening.
Questions and comments about the work of the three task forces is always welcome. Email info @ pinerivergreensteps.org.
Groundbreaking & Planning
Weigh in on the Dam Park! We want your opinions, ideas and suggestions as we plan for the future.What would you like to see at the Dam Park? What would you and your family use most? What would an ideal park look like for you? All these questions and more will be asked at the Dam Park Planning Meeting to be held a the Warehouse, Tuesday, July 31st at 6pm which immediately follows the Swimming Beach Groundbreaking at the Dam Park at 5:30pm, where a light meal will be provided.
Help create a legacy - be a part of the discussion!
Dam Park Swimming Beach Fund Raising Campaign
The Buy a Brick Fund Raising Campaign kicked off at this year's Fish Fry May 19.
Retaining wall bricks are available for $25 each and for $200 a capstone block can be purchased. Capstones may be personalized.
Currently at the Dam Park the swimming options for small children and families aren't ideal. The swimming beach we are in process of having designed will have a sand beach, gradual entry into the water and plenty of area for parents to keep visual contact with their children.