City Launches Public Comment on Congress Square; Until 9/6

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 1,486)

The City of Portland is launching a visioning process for the redesign and programming of Congress Square.  Congress Square includes the intersection of High and Congress Streets, Congress Square Plaza, the public spaces in front of the Portland Museum of Art and the H.H. Hay building, and surrounding sidewalks and traffic islands.  The goal of this process is to create a shared vision for Congress Square as an  urban open space.  This vision will focus on programming which refers to the activities and uses that might happen throughout the spaces within the square. The planning divison will be collecting community intput in a variety of ways throughout the month.

1) propose or vote for an idea on www.neighborland.com/congresssq

2) Participate in one of the public visioning meetings to be held in August and September  (information will be provided on the City Planning webpage)

3. Complete the online survey found at: www.portlandmaine.gov/planning.

4.  Write your idea on one of the public signs around the Square or in City Hall

5) Tweet your ideas using “I want…#CongressSquare”

Ideas and insights will be colleced until September 6th.  Responses will be used in conjunction with a series of vision planning meetings to be held in August and September (information will be provided on the City Plannng webpage) to form a shared vision for Congress Square.  The vision will inform the scope of work for the redesign RFP as well as a report which will be made available on the City’s website and to City Council.