Walla Walla’s Neighborhood Engagement Program is intended to facilitate neighborhood community, engagement, and ownership. It does so by providing an opportunity for individuals to plan and participate in programs that will contribute to the well-being of the street, block, or area in which they live.
To realize this goal, the Neighborhood Engagement Program partners directly with members of the community in order to address issues and ideas that residents themselves have identified as applicable and needed in their neighborhood.
The Coordinator of this program will then work with these neighborhood representatives to craft strategies for achieving the goals that neighbors have collectively identified and develop the resources needed for such strategies to be successful.
As the Neighborhood Engagement Program was only recently begun in August 2019, it is still undergoing its trial phase. While the full resources of this program will ultimately be available to all Walla Walla residents, this pilot period is initially geared towards a small group of neighborhoods that will help evaluate how the program can be applied and expanded successfully.
For the time being, the program is limited to a group of three to five neighborhood pilot partners that are working to address issues they have identified within their community relating to health and safety, civic engagement, community building, and/or physical neighborhood development.
After the pilot has concluded in April 2020, the program will be gradually expanded to the rest of Walla Walla with permission from the City Council.
On Oct. 24, 2019, the City will host its first “Neighborhood Summit,” to celebrate the launch of this new program. The event will be a public opportunity to learn more about the initiative and for attendees to discuss projects that could be beneficial in their own neighborhood. It will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Pioneer Park Garden Center. Child care and interpretation services will be provided, as well as light food and refreshments.
If you or others in your neighborhood are interested in either being one of these pilot communities, attending the Neighborhood Summit on Oct. 24, or just learning more about the Neighborhood Engagement Program, let us know! Email Neighborhood Engagement Coordinator Cameron Conner to ask questions or RSVP for the Summit.
While we are open to working with any ideas a community has for neighborhood development, check out this document to see what other communities have done in the past: Sample Program Ideas.