Final Details Provided for Imagine Fredericton City Summit

A final schedule of activities for the Imagine Fredericton City Summit was presented today to members of the City’s Development Committee.  Staff encouraged members of the Committee, along with the public, to register for this once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a vision for Fredericton’s future.  The City Summit will be held October 27 – 29.  All events are free and open to the public.

The Committee received information on Snapshot Fredericton, a new report that will inform conversations during the Summit.  A detailed schedule of events was also presented.  This three-day event will be a community conversation around key issues and opportunities the city needs to consider in planning for the future.

“I’m excited to hear that Imagineers attending the City Summit will take part in both facilitated and mobile imagineering workshops to be held at eight different locations around the city over three days,” said Committee Chair, John MacDermid.  “We anticipate a great turnout for this important community event and encourage anyone interested to register as soon as possible to guarantee their space in the conversation.”

The findings of the Imagine Fredericton City Summit will build upon the informal pubic consultation that started in June of this year.  Following the City Summit, three growth scenarios will be prepared for community feedback in the coming months.  Based on the preferred scenario, a new Municipal Plan will be developed to provide a planning framework and policy guidance for implementing the Growth Strategy.

For more information and to register, visit www.imaginefredericton.ca.

 

About Snapshot Fredericton

Snapshot Fredericton, a 40 page background document that identifies opportunities for discussion and can be found on the Imagine Fredericton website, will inform conversations throughout the Summit.  Snapshot Fredericton is shaped around six themes:

  • Jobs and the Economy,
  • Resiliency and the Environment,
  • Recreation and Culture,
  • Places to Live,
  • Getting Around; and,
  • Place-Making.

 

City Summit Details

Mayor Mike O’Brien will launch the conversation on Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 pm during the Summit launch at the Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne, Theatre and Gallery.  Guest speaker, Harvard educated and renowned urbanist, Michael von Hausen will then spark the dialogue with a presentation designed to inspire innovation.

On Friday, October 28th, attendees will participate in roundtable workshops at the Fredericton Convention Centre on key city-building themes that the Growth Strategy and Municipal Plan will need to consider.  Topics will include housing diversity, cycling infrastructure, recreational amenities, downtown, food security, and more.
Saturday, October 29th, attendees are invited to join an ‘Imagineering’ team at one of four mobile workshops taking place across the city.  A planner-led walking or virtual tour will explore the city’s growth challenges and opportunities as exemplified by specific city neighbourhoods including:

  • Brookside Drive and surrounding areas to explore New Neighbourhood Development.
  • Marysville to discuss Growth in Historic Areas.
  • Skyline Acres to talk Growing Established Neighbourhoods.
  • The ‘Hill’ / South Plat / Dundonald Street Corridor to discuss Neighbourhoods in Transition.

 

Youth Summit

A special Imagine Fredericton Youth Summit will explore growth challenges and opportunities from a youth perspective on Saturday, October 29 from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm.  Join fellow young ‘Imagineers’ and members of the Imagine Fredericton Team for a downtown walking tour that will mobilize ideas about bringing people together, getting around, growing a healthy city, and other key city-building elements.

The City Summit will conclude with a celebration from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm at the Wilmot United Church.  Join the celebration and share your ‘imagineering’ experiences.  Refreshments, door prizes and entertainment will be provided.