Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park community outreach

Untitled.jpgReflecting Three Rivers' commitment to equity and community outreach, our Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Master Planning webpage is now available in four languages: English, Somali, Hmong, and Spanish. In addition, several self-guided engagement efforts will be translated and interpreters will be used when engaging with non-English speaking community and park user groups. These languages were selected as they are the most common languages spoken at home for the area served by the regional park. The webpage includes polls, upcoming events, opportunities to leave comments and additional information.

Several community engagement events have already been held at Coon Rapids Dam and other locations, including (a) Brooklyn Center Youth (middle school/high school age) to seek the youths’ ideas for the park and what they like to do in parks; (b) Screen Porch Series (free, family event) with self-guided engagement and one-on-one discussions; (c) Multicultural Kid Network during an End of Ramadan Celebration for youth and families to seek their ideas for improving the park; (d) Zanewood Family Summer Splash to increase awareness of the park, master planning process, and seek ideas; Pop Up Engagement with self-guided engagement (similar to the walkway opening) as well as one-on-one discussions; (e) Listening Sessions with community groups that represent persons of color, households with more modest incomes, older residents, and persons that do not speak English as their native language; (f) Increasing awareness and engagement opportunities by placing project information at city halls, libraries, and other public venues. and (g) Additional self-guided engagement throughout the park.

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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair