Neighborhood Vibrancy/Urban Greening
What is Urban Greening?
Salinas’ Neighborhood Vibrancy – Urban Greening Program is an initiative that drives and tracks progress toward a community vision for the future of Salinas’ neighborhoods.
We are working within designated neighborhoods to develop broad, aspirational plans and goals to reach our shared neighborhood vision. Goals being considered include: Connect, Play, Create and Learn. To develop neighborhood urban designs that foster achievement of these goals, Salinas has been conducting a series of neighborhood meetings.
Salinas has been listening to what neighbors say about how they live and what they would like to see happen. A series of neighborhood meetings, called Take-Part!, are being conducted. In addition, Salinas has been listening to residential and business stakeholders through a series of Stakeholder Interviews. Results from the first round of Take-Part! meetings and interviews are included in a Needs Assessment Report.
If you missed the first round of neighborhood meetings or want to provide additional comments, there is still time, but don’t wait. We want to hear from you! Meetings end in October 2015. Meeting locations and dates are provided below. And if you want to provide comments right now, you can. Simply go to Map Your Comments and provide comments (and photos, if you would like) of the kind of improvements that would help you connect, play, create and learn in your neighborhood. Perhaps you want more places to play, or merely hang out and connect. We are confident that with your help, we will shape the Salinas story anew—and build the neighborhoods of our dreams.
The three neighborhood study areas and meeting schedule are shown below:
Southside Neighborhood Study Area:
October 21, 2015 6PM-8PM, Monterey Park Elementary School
Creekbridge Neighborhood Study Area:
October 22, 2015 6PM-8PM, Everett Alvarez High School, Little Theater
Eastside Neighborhood Study Area:
October 29, 2015 6PM-8PM, Caesar Chavez Library, Meeting Room
Thank you for your interest in the City of Salinas Urban Greening Plan process! Your participation and comments will make this program a success and reflect how you and your neighbors live!
In addition to sharing your thoughts at the TAKE-PART workshops, you will soon be able to submit your comments online and upload photos to an interactive map. For more information, please contact mikeri [at] ci.salinas.ca.us (subject: Contact%20form%20the%20City%20of%20Salinas%20Website) (mikeri [at] ci.salinas.ca.us(link sends e-mail)) or call (831) 758-7450.
Preparation of the Urban Greening Plan is made possible through a grant provided by the State of California Natural Resource Agency, Strategic Growth Council. The City of Salinas applied for and was awarded a Proposition 84 Grant under the State of California’s Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006. Among other programs, Prop. 84 authorized funding to create urban greening plans to guide and coordinate urban greening projects in local California jurisdictions. Development and implementation of urban greening plans supports the State’s environmental goals and long-range policies; encourages efficient development patterns; promotes smart growth and social equity; and protects the State’s natural resources.