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Second round of input for Ohio Avenue placemaking now open for suggestions


Last updated 11/25/2020 at 1:26pm

Courtesy of City of Fountain

Some of the themes identified by residents in the first round of surveys are noted in this graphic. The public is invited to review the initial results and complete a second survey to fine-tune the proposal for improving Ohio Avenue.

Organizers of a "placemaking" public input campaign designed to generate ideas for improving the Ohio Avenue corridor in Olde Town Fountain have released the findings of the first round of surveys.

The results show the public's desire for amenities such as improved sidewalks, artistic touches, shade trees, outdoor seating, better lighting and much more.

"We believe we've been able to gravitate both short-term 'quick' wins as well as long-term 'infrastructure' visioning for city departmental focus areas on behalf of the corridor," Fountain Economic Development Director Kimberly Bailey said.

Now that some ideas have been narrowed down, the city is asking for yet another round of suggestions based on the preliminary results. Officials hope additional ideas will help fine-tune the overall plan.

This grant-funded campaign is being done in collaboration with a consulting group called Community Builders, which specializes in this type of planning. The goal is to shape the vision for this stretch of road with specific suggestions for beautification, access improvements and more in this vision process called "placemaking."

The initial survey was launched in September, and residents were invited to view and add their own ideas to "storyboards" placed outside City Hall as well as submit ideas online.

"Our volunteer Leadership Team of the program availed great participation through the limited timeframe we were gifted through the state's placemaking grant program," Bailey said, adding she was very appreciative of their donation of time.

The finalized storyboards with initial "wants" submitted by the public may be viewed online at:

In addition, the second survey is open now through Dec. 3, and all Fountain residents and stakeholders are invited to offer ideas:

"In our close-out process with the state and consultant, we are slating our final December work session to discover Survey No. 2 findings, further action planning, and model wayfinding signage before Christmas break, which will give us working context into 2021 with the public and grant-funding efforts," Bailey said, adding that she hopes to present overall findings to the City Council a few months into 2021.


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