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Placemaking in Salisbury, MA - How a community came together at the beach

Focus Area: Public process that is meaningful and inclusive
Format: Breakout Panel
Full Description: Beginning in June of 2016 the Town of Salisbury has used the fundamentals of Placemaking to re-invigorate and re-imagine the commercial center in it's oceanfront beach district. Working closely with Project for Public Spaces the town formed a working group of key stakeholders who collaboratively created a LIghter, Quicker, Cheaper plan for improvements and activation for the summer of 2017. The plan they implemented included bold and creative moves like repurposing an existing travel lane as additional public space, creating a movable parklet, and using street painting and public art to test the area as a potential shared space for vehicles and pedestrians. Community members and stakeholders were deeply involved throughout the process - from initial workshops and interviews - through planning and design - and into implementation.

The summer 2017 activation was a tremendous success and the town invested resources in conducting a thorough evaluation of the project. This evaluation will inform both longer-term permanent changes to the space and plans for the second year of temporary work on the space - the upcoming 2018 activation (results of which we will incorporate into the panel).


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