May 13th – Party in the Park

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Friday the 13th for the party in Swinburne Park Skating Rink! Highlights of the evening included great music, corn dogs and deep fried Oreos (yum!), an original art exchange, chalk drawing & bubbles, double-dutch, and face painting!

Amongst the socializing, participants took time to imagine the West Hill and West End of the future by prioritizing objectives from the 2014 West Hill / West End Neighborhood Plan. Attendees were asked to place stickers next to the top four objectives that they felt were most relevant and pressing for improvement in the community. Below is a summary of the results followed by a complete tally of the “sticker votes.”

A total of 152 sticker votes were cast during the two and a half hour event. At four stickers per person this translates to approximately 38 participants. The four objectives that received the greatest number of votes in decreasing order were “Increase landlord involvement in property maintenance” (15), “Work with the Albany Police Department to improve neighborhood-police relations” (14), “Provide interview training to increase employment among local residents” (14), and “Improve the exterior appearance of housing and streets in West Hill and West End” (13). Three of these four objectives fall beneath the goal of creating a welcoming environment in West Hill and West End, a goal area the received nearly half (48%) of all votes cast. Within the world class education and workforce goal, the objective to “Improve mentoring opportunities that connect school and neighborhoods” (12) received the largest number of votes.

If you were unable to vote at Friday’s event,  CLICK HERE  to vote now. 

Welcoming Environment

Number of Votes
Objective 1 Improve the exterior appearance of housing and streets in West Hill and West End 13
Objective 2 Reinvest in vacant buildings within the West Hill and West End neighborhoods 12
Objective 3 Increase landlord involvement in property maintenance 15
Objective 4 Work with the Albany Police Department to improve neighborhood-police relations 14
Objective 5 Work with the Albany Police Department to improve neighborhood watch efforts 11
Objective 6 Improve the outward appearance of the neighborhoods 8
Total Votes for Welcoming Environment: 73

Thriving Economy

Number of Votes
Objective 7 Utilize professionals within the community to mentor and train residents 7
Objective 8 Partner with local schools to provide trade and vocational training 6
Objective 9 Provide interview training to increase employment among local residents 14
Objective 10 Improve business accessibility through multi-modal transportation within West Hill and West End 5
Objective 11 Market the neighborhood to attract long-term business investments 6
Total Votes for Thriving Economy: 38

World Class Education/World Class Workforce

Number of Votes
Objective 12 Communicate existing opportunities for adult education in the neighborhoods 5
Objective 13 Expand adult education opportunities within the neighborhoods 4
Objective 14 Inventory and distribute information on all after-school programs offered by the schools and within the communities 6
Objective 15 Ensure that families are able to find after-school program transportation 6
Objective 16 Engage the school system in the neighborhood plan 8
Objective 17 Improve mentoring opportunities that connect school and neighborhoods 12
Total Votes for World Class Education & Workforce: 41

 

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