Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14. 2014
Public Invited to Flint Meetings on Grand Traverse Greenway Trail Project
Community Encouraged to Attend Tuesday & Wednesday Events at Word of Life Church
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kevin Schronce, 810.766.7426 x 3028; email@example.com
FLINT, Michigan (March 14, 2014) – A Design Charrette for the Grand Traverse Greenway Trail will be held on Tuesday, March 18 from 5-7 pm with a follow-up event scheduled for Wednesday, March 19 from 11 am -1 pm. The 2-day event will take place at Word of Life Church, 460 W. Atherton Rd., Flint, MI 48532. The highly interactive workshop will involve design exercises related to the Greenway Trail design, function, and appearance. Participants are being asked to commit 30-45 minutes of their time to provide input and feedback on preliminary designs over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Grand Traverse Greenway Trail project aligns perfectly with the City of Flint Master Plan Transportation & Mobility section which focuses on creating “a sustainable, modern, and safe multi-modal transportation networks that efficiently provides for the needs of all people and businesses.” The trail will promote biking, walking, and active living within Flint, while presenting the ability to connect with the larger regional trail network.
Design Charrettes are intensive, hands-on workshops that bring an array of community members with different back grounds together, in one room to explore design options for the trial. The goal of the charrette will be to capture the vision, values, and ideas of the community – with designers sketching as fast as they are generated by the participants. “Charrettes are a great way to engage with the public. This workshop will allow participants to be creative while providing input on their vision for the Greenway Trail and what they’d like to see it look like in the future. It will not be a traditional meeting setting,” said Kevin Schronce, Associate Planner at the City.
The Design Charrette will be hosted by the City of Flint, Michigan State University, and the Michigan Municipal League. The City of Flint was selected as a PlacePlans community, an initiative that provides technical assistance to cities for projects that demonstrate transformative placemaking opportunities. Partnering with Diplomat Pharmacy, Flint was one of eight cities throughout Michigan that was awarded the opportunity. The City is also in the process of acquiring the 3.4 mile stretch of CSX rail line through a previously awarded MDNR grant.
Anyone interested in attending the Grand Traverse Greenway Trail Design Charrette should contact Kevin Schronce at 810-766-7426 x.3028, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.