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Creating Public Spaces: Gardens, Parks, Markets and Events

October 18, 2011

 [FERNDALE] – Creating public spaces where people naturally want to congregate is a critical component of improving any community.  Sullivan Renaissance is holding a seminar entitled “Greening and Gathering – Creating Public Spaces: from Gardens and Parks to Markets and Events” on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Center in Ferndale. 

Nancy Proyect, President of the Orange County Citizens Foundation, will speak about the concept of “placemaking” and the benefits of creating attractive and vibrant public spaces.  The principles for creating great community places include:

·         The community is the expert

·         Create a place, not a design

·         Look for partners

·         You can see a lot just by observing

·         Have a vision

·         Start with petunias: lighter, quicker, cheaper

·         Triangulate

·         They always say “It can’t be done”

·         Money is not the issue

·         You are never finished


Many of these elements are already practiced by Sullivan Renaissance communities.

Proyect will also show photos of various places that have been on the Orange County Citizens Foundation’s “placemaking” tour and give some background on the projects. 

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Those interested in learning more about Sullivan Renaissance are also invited.  Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Additional funding has been secured by U.S. Representative Maurice D. Hinchey. Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter and WSUL/WVOS.

For more information or to register, visit or call 845-295-2445.