JAMESTOWN – Several community walking tours are slated to get underway this weekend in the City of Jamestown, as officials look to hear directly from residents about problems in the community.
It’s part of the Annual Action Plan, which aims to provide funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help address things like condemned properties.
During the walks,Director of Development Crystal Surdyk is asking residents to bring up any and all problems that impact their quality of life.
While there are many walking tours scheduled, there will be other public meetings to help connect those who can not attend, or physically go on the walk.
“We really wanted to engage residents a bit more, and meet them where they are, so we are inviting folks to take a walk with us,” explained Surdyk. “We’ll map out a short route in each neighborhood, each ward, and just have some real conversation along the way. Let them tell us what they want to talk about. And we’ll speak to the Annual Action Plan and requirements we might have while we’re developing that. And then hopefully we’ll get some really great feedback and be able to develop some programs that are really meaningful.”
The first walk for Ward 1 is set for this Saturday at Lillian Dickson Park at 10 a.m. or at the lobby of City Hall in case of inclement weather.