On Friday, June 9th, the Citizens Foundation will host the 9th Annual Placemaking Conference & Awards. Featured speakers include national public health, planning, and transportation consultant Mark Fenton and Gary Toth, senior director of Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces. Mr. Fenton is the former host of "America's Walking" on PBS and is an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy.
-Physical activity and placemaking;
-Planning for people, not cars;
-Activity & Accessibility Throughout the Ages: Designing Communities for All Populations & Generations
-Real-time, hands-on evaluations of Hudson Valley active design challenges & solutions.
Sponsorship opportunities are available as are continuing education credits. For more Conference information, please click on the link below:
Placemaking Conference Information
The Placemaking Awards recognize individuals, organizations, projects, and festivals that have contributed to the creation or transformation of public “places” to improve the local community, and have exemplified placemaking concepts and practices. The three 2017 recipients are:
- -Goshen Dog Park: This 1.5-acre dog park was built on the former Salesian property in the Village of Goshen. The park includes a fenced-in area for dogs so they can play off-leash with other visitors. The park has four canine agility stations to promote exercise and dog training, and is open to the entire community as a place for dog owners and community members to congregate, make friends, and enjoy each other’s company. Kelly Fellenzer, an area high school student, initiated the project as part of her Girl Scouts Gold Award.
-Goshen Summer of Music: The “Goshen Summer of Music” is a combination of two projects, the Goshen Summer Concert Series and the Keys of Goshen Public Piano Project. Combined, these projects provide opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy live music in downtown Goshen.
-Port Jervis Watershed Park & Recreational Area:The Outdoor Club of Port Jervis has created a trail system, with trails of varying degrees of difficulty, to encourage outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, running, nature walks, photography, birding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, astronomy, pet walking, and nature appreciation.