A Downtown For All

Exploring Community Gathering Spaces

The City of San Mateo would like to invite you to the second Downtown Future Forum taking place on Wednesday, May 13th from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m. at the San Mateo Masonic Lodge located at 303 Tilton Avenue.  The Downtown Future Forums are free and open to the public. Please use Eventbrite to register.

Temporary parklet installed during San Mateo Innovation Week 2014

Temporary parklet installed during San Mateo Innovation Week 2014

The forums are a key component of the San Mateo Downtown Engagement process, leading to an update of the City’s Downtown Area Plan later this year. This second workshop focuses on the innovative and creative uses of urban spaces.  From temporary uses such as parklets, pop-up retail and art installations to permanent spaces for community events, gardens and meeting places this discussion will focus on the ways cities around the nation are re-imagining urban areas that enhance the pedestrian experience, encourage exploration, and make the public realm more inviting.

Julie Flynn of Street Plans Collaborative and Leah Nichols with SiteLab Urban Studio will illustrate case studies and project examples, and provide an overview of the process to plan for and implement creative community-oriented spaces in urban settings.

“Happiness Wall” imagined by the San Mateo community during SummerFest 2014. Now on display at the corner of Third and El Camino to activate the gateway entry into Downtown San Mateo.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. to give attendees a chance to network and enjoy food provided by Roti Indian Bistro.  The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and an interactive exercise will encourage participants to share ideas about the opportunities for Downtown San Mateo. Find out more about San Mateo Downtown Engagement. We hope to see you there!

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