2006 Press Release

For Immediate Release
March 2, 2006

Old Orchard Beach calls on citizens to help craft a vision for the future of the Ballpark .

OLD ORCHARD BEACH — Two evening Public Forums, and an all-day Community Design Workshop are planned this spring to involve citizens in creating a community vision for the future of the ballpark property. The ballpark is a municipally-owned property of approximately 50 acres. The evening Forums will be held at the Old Orchard Beach Town Hall on March 23 and April 6, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 PM for registration.

People are encouraged to attend both Forums to share their concerns and ideas for the ballpark’s future. The Forums are free and open to the public.

These two forums are the beginning of a larger community planning effort, and will lay the groundwork for an all-day Community Design Workshop on Saturday, April 29. The Community Design Workshop will bring together residents, property and business owners, and public officials to work in teams with professional designers to create maps, drawings and sketches that image a great future for the ballpark. More details about the Community Design Workshop will be announced later this winter.

Background
These interactive Forums will bring participants together to gather community opinions and discuss issues ranging from potential reuses of the ballpark property, concerns regarding impacts on existing neighborhoods, aspirations for potential redevelopment, and ideas on appropriate designs. Participants, working in facilitated small teams, will identify key issues and opportunities with potential redevelopment of the ballpark.

These events are part of a new planning effort to involve citizens in creating a community-based plan for the ballpark property, and are designed to include the public in a step-by-step exploration of the ballpark’s future. This planning initiative is in response to the vote by OOB citizens last November to support such a planning effort. The Town has recently hired a planning consultant to facilitate the planning process, and appointed a citizen’s steering committee to assist in preparations for the public meetings. Steering committee meetings are open to the public.

The public is strongly urged to participate in the Forums, and the Community Design Workshop.