05 Oct Community Workshop Conclusion
The first of four Public Open House meetings took place on Thursday, September 15 from 4 – 7 pm at the Robert Mitchell Elementary School on Prater Way in Sparks. A sign-in sheet located near the main door to the school indicates that 29 people attended the meeting; many of those residents in the area as well as local agency members. The Open House was set up as self-guided tour with 9 “stations” looking at existing land uses, neighborhood themes, and how people get around within the corridor. Attendees were provided examples of the “complete street” concept and an opportunity to pick their top priorities for complete street elements. Based on input by the attendees, “Amenities” along the corridor (attractive street environment around diverse land uses) was the top priority.
A graphical depiction of the history of 4th Street/Prater Way was provided as a way to show attendees where the corridor had started originally and highlight those elements. Based on that brief reminder of where 4th Street started, attendees were asked to identify their primary goals for the corridor. Information from this station suggested the number one goal, as identified by attendees was to “create safer streets that are more inviting for families, pedestrians, and bicycles”. The next most important goal was “to create an identity for the entire corridor with coordinated individual themes for Reno and Sparks”. Additionally, attendees were encouraged to review a large scale map of the corridor and provide any written, location-specific comments regarding opportunities and challenges.
This open house meeting provided a glimpse into what some of the community would like to see occur along this corridor in the future.