BOSTON – Tuesday, September 27, 2016 – Imagine Boston 2030 today announced the creation of their new Engagement Team, building on ongoing engagement efforts to reach residents in every corner of the City of Boston. Utilizing new engagement tools to encourage interaction and hands-on involvement, including Legos, the Imagine Boston Engagement Team will visit community events in Boston neighborhoods this fall to seek feedback from residents on refined strategies for guiding equitable growth through 2030.
“I am excited to launch the next iteration of Imagine Boston 2030’s engagement plan to make sure that all voices are included in our planning process,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “The best way to engage with residents is in their own neighborhoods, and by bringing the conversation to them we hope for many productive discussions that will help shape our city’s future.”
Over the past year, Imagine Boston 2030 has engaged with more than 12,000 Bostonians, learning about their visions for Boston in 2030. After recording responses and working extensively within the community, Imagine Boston sent out a call to action in early September requesting community organizations throughout Boston to host the team at local events, and received a high volume of positive responses.
“We are excited to get Bostonians’ input on how we should collectively shape Boston’s future for 2030,” said Rebekah Emanuel, Executive Director of Imagine Boston 2030. “The Legos make the choices we are looking at together both concrete and hands-on.”
At these events, Imagine Boston plans to host activities and discussions to engage with the attendees. These programs include:
Requests for resident input on areas where Boston can grow;
A presentation on types of ways to protect the Boston waterfront from the impacts of climate change;
An all-ages Lego activity to demonstrate key issues Imagine Boston is addressing
The current schedule of events is planned for the coming weeks, and Imagine Boston will add more as requests are received. To add your event listing, please click here.
All events are free and open to the public. The Engagement Team will be at events all around Boston from September 27-October 30, 2016. A full calendar listing can be found here, and current event details are included below:
Imagine Boston seeks to knit together citywide planning efforts, public engagement and feedback, and City priorities to guide our city into 2030. A citywide plan will serve to implement the ideas set forth and to offer additional ideas for the physical and economic development of Boston. Just as importantly, Imagine Boston 2030 will help Boston’s citizens articulate a shared vision for equitable prosperity, innovation, education, health, equity and arts and culture.