Salt Lake City

City Seeks Public Input through Innovative Outreach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 23, 2012
Contact: Art Raymond
801-547-2659

City Seeks Public Input through Innovative Outreach
Chalkboards, walking tours and demonstration projects lean on residents’ opinions to shape projects and policy
 
SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City is currently engaged in various, innovative public outreach efforts to gather the ideas and feedback of residents to help shape municipal projects and policy direction.
 
On Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. media outlets are invited to join Mayor Ralph Becker and Downtown Alliance Executive Director Jason Mathis on a visit to Regent St. between 100 and 200 South, the site of an Urban Intervention exercise aimed at gathering input on the new Performing Arts Center and the changes it will bring to downtown.
 
Three, 8-foot chalkboards have been erected on the block asking the public to complete the following sentences:
 
-I hope the new Performing Arts Center will…
-A great arts district includes…
-The best thing about this area is…
 
All of the responses posted on the boards are being gathered and included in a widespread public engagement effort that will inform and shape upcoming decisions about the City’s new performing arts venue.
 
EVENT:     Performing Arts Center Urban Intervention Project
 
WHO:    Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
              Downtown Alliance Executive Director Jason Mathis
 
WHERE:    Regent Street (50 East, between 100 and 200 South)
 
WHEN:    Wednesday, Oct. 24
                2 p.m.
 
The public can also comment and/or stay current on Performing Arts Center efforts via www.newperformingartscenter.com.
 
Another direct public engagement effort, sponsored by the City’s Transportation and Planning divisions and the Redevelopment Agency, is seeking comments from residents and downtown visitors on how to improve and  enhance the walkability of downtown.
 
As downtown Salt Lake City is comprised of unusually large blocks, making the area friendly and accommodating to pedestrians is an ongoing challenge for the City and the many businesses located in the central core. The City is currently assembling a comprehensive strategy for mid-block walkway  development, and aims to develop a mid-block demonstration project as part of a “lead-by-example” program of redesign.
 
How to best accomplish downtown walkability goals requires the active participation of those who use and frequent the area. The public can be part of the solution by participating in walking tours this month that begin at the Main St. entrance to Gallivan Plaza and take about an hour to complete. The walks will be conducted on the following dates:
 
-Tuesday, Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m.
-Friday, Oct. 26, noon
-Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.
 
Visitors to downtown can also complete the sentence, “I’d love this alley if…” on chalkboards placed in the following alleyways.
 
-300 S. Edison Street (150 East)
-200 S. Edison Street (150 East)
-East of Squatters Pub (147 W. Broadway)
-110 W. Broadway (between Rose Wagner and the Peery Hotel)
-200 S. Regent Street (50 East)
 
For more information on the Walkability Project, visit www.walkablesaltlake.com.