Yes, of course, you're planning to attend tomorrow's Kickoff Forum for the Candler Park Master Plan at the Frazer Center from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., featuring free childcare, exciting maps and charts, scintillating discussion, and the first ever free reunion concert of the Beatles. Who'd want to miss that?
But lemme ask you this: Have you reminded your neighbors about the Kickoff Forum? Have you invited even those folks who may have a different vision of the neighborhood from yours? For that matter, have you ventured up to that guy down the street who sits on his porch all day with a shotgun across his lap and yells for the squirrels "GET OFF OF MY LAWN"?
Because that, my friends, would be a true test of character.
OK, maybe you shouldn't go up to that guy.
But seriously: Most Candler Park residents aren't in the habit of attending CPNO meetings or, for that matter, of reading the neighborhood blog. And yet it's crucial that we engage as many residents as possible in the planning process that kicks off tomorrow.
Otherwise we may learn after the fact that we didn't actually have community buy-in for the vision that we together came up with. Worse yet, we could miss out on someone's great ideas.
As mentioned in this earlier post, the master plan is likely to play a major role in what our community looks and feels like for years to come, and it should help the neighborhood qualify for grants for priority projects. So, PARTICIPATE! And get your friends and neighbors to participate!
Tomorrow's 90-minute interactive session provides an opportunity to propel the plan in the right direction. To get to the meeting by car, enter via the Frazer Center's main gate at 1815 South Ponce de Leon Ave. (east of Clifton, just before South Ponce merges back into Ponce), then bear right and park in the main lot at the top of the hill. To get to the meeting by foot or bike, enter through the pedestrian gate at the northern end of Ridgewood Road in Lake Claire.
To RSVP for childcare, click here.
We're planning smaller sessions throughout the month to focus on particular issues and sub-communities. Then, for three consecutive early evenings (April 30-May 2), you'll be able to drop by an informal charrette to offer insights and help solve problems. After that, there will be a couple of wrap-up forums. Anyone also can provide feedback at any time at this page of the Master Plan website.
But at tomorrow's meeting we (and by "we," I mean the Master Plan Steering Committee) would need to get your participation and that of the neighbors. It's the Kickoff after all. It should help set a robust, creative problem-solving tone for the rest of the process.