Here are the top ideas from participants at the Rainier Beach Summit sponsored by Rainier Beach Moving Forward at Jamal Crawford Court, Rainier Beach High School, April 6, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
10 ideas of what being connected looks like in Rainier Beach
- To be able to shop locally
- To know my local business and community folk and to be known by them
- Cook and share a meal at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm
- To have one umbrella organization that represents Rainier Beach on civic issues – many organizations in one voice
- Ensure we have safe streets for everoune – all ages, all modes of transit, all abilities
- To have signage, safe paths and accessible transit that connects Light Rail, schools, business and parks
- To feel safe and free to move around our streets on foot or bicycle or car or train
- To connect people from Rainier Beach Ligh rail to businesses via shuttle and beautiful walkways.
- To know your neighbors strengths and weaknesses
- To “make things” we buy at Wal-Mart local, then buy them
6 ways to connect all 7,500 Rainier Beach residents, businesses, organizations etc..
- To have a art and cultural program and events that build community
- To have one calendar to share online between all groups within rainier Beach and the south end
- To create a neighborhood website and keep it active, where residents and business share all kinds of information, photos, etc..
- To door know and give personal invites to our potlucks and block party
- Block party’s street by street, neighborhood wide – eat, sing, dance
- To host an ethnic arts festival
4 ways to ensure a fantastic Rainier Beach Town Hall Meeting
- Invite cultural sharing – Ethiopian Coffee Service, Mexican folkloric dance, Sustainable Hip Hop, Rainier Beach Project: Overcoming Displacement (Zac Davis, LeaderLink Graduate)
- Roving Town Hall meetings – so different times and days will ensure broad community participation, culminating in a neighborhood party and reports
- Make it a pot luck, get kids in RB Schools involved in creating art for it and give awards
- Outline topics/agenda of town hall to community prior to meeting. Give them a reason to participate
6 ways to get neighbors to take ownership
- Ethnic diversity outreach – identify what’s in it for them
- To organize small community retreats using this format…e.g., education, arts etc.
- To have small, micro grants for local people/groups to tackle “action area” (through local organizations and councils.
- Youth involvement
- Food truck round up using ingredients from the Rainier Beach Urban Farm
- Offer mentorship to those who claim an action area