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In this issue: Community Conversation about Community Education, Greenlife Community Education Workshop, Kaboom! Playful Cities Designation, Spring Grove Hiking Trails, Older Home Maintenance Workshop 

Greenlife Community Education Workshops

On April 21, 2014, Communities First, Inc. launched its Green Life Community Education Program in partnership with the City of Flint,  the Genesee County Conservation District, Republic Services, and the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department. The goal of this program is to educate Flint residents and businesses about environmental concerns that affect them and to empower community members to make choices that will improve life for all residents. Topics for Green Life events include: recycling, energy efficiency, pollution reduction, water conservation, and environmentally friendly cleaning products. Communities First, Inc. will host forums in each Ward of the City through Green Life to engage residents in a dialogue about being more environmentally friendly. Each resident forum will include activities for adults and youth, food and giveaways for attendees. Local businesses will be challenged adopt green operating practices for their offices. There are two upcoming workshops for residents to look out for:

Tuesday, June 3rd
5:30-7:30 pm

Berston Field House

Thursday, June 5th
5:30-7:30 pm

McCree Theatre

Imagine Flint draft Subarea Plans Released

As part of our ongoing efforts to implement the Imagine Flint Master Plan, planning staff have just released copies of the Master Plan Sub Area Plans. Focused on guiding the development and revitalization of key commercial corridors, along with leveraging existing assets towards the improvement of vital neighborhood centers, the Imagine Flint Sub-area Plans focus on 8 key city corridors and neighborhood centers:

1. Pierson Road Corridor
2. N. Saginaw Services Corridor
3. Welch and Dupont Neighborhood Center
4. University Avenue Institutional Core
5. Central Saginaw Area
6. Eastside
7. Dort Highway Production Center
8. S. Saginaw Commercial Corridor 

For more information about the Imagine Flint Subarea Plans please visit our website at www.imagineflint.com

Flint Awarded Kaboom! Playful City Designation 

 
The City of Flint is now a Playful City USA through KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring that all kids get a childhood filled with the balanced and active play needed to thrive. The Crim Fitness Foundation, in partnership with the City of Flint submitted the Playful City USA application to KaBOOM! in February and was notified in May of the Playful City USA designation. This designation provides residents in the City the opportunity to apply for grants and playground improvement opportunities offered by KaBOOM!. The designation recognizes the strong efforts of non-profits, foundations, businesses and the City to plan for a healthy future for Flint’s youth, while allowing the City potential opportunities for future playground investment and increased play for children.

 Moving forward the Playful City USA designation will work to leverage more investment into city parks and the cities play infrastructure. The Playful City USA designation will serve as a tool for adopt-a-park groups outlined in “Environmental Features, Parks & Open Space” chapter of the Master Plan.
 
For more information on the Playful City USA designation in Flint, please contact Jennifer Burger at the Crim Fitness Foundation at Jburger@crim.org or (810) 285-2210

Imagine Flint

A Community Conversation about Community Education
 

On March 9th, 2013, nearly 500 residents and community stakeholders came out to Mott Community College’s Ballenger Field House to help craft the Vision and identify the Guiding Principles for the Imagine Flint Master Plan. One of the dominant themes that emerged from this meeting was the need for expanded access to quality educational opportunities for all of Flint’s residents. Over the course of hundreds of community workshops throughout the Master Plan process, residents and stakeholders repeatedly expressed a desire to see community education become re-instituted throughout Flint Community Schools – a community education model that began right here in Flint!

In response to this demand, Flint Community Schools and the City of Flint are partnering together to host a city-wide Community Education Workshop aimed at identifying what exactly Community Education means to Flint residents. Consensus will be generated based on small round table discussion and real-time polling and data collection. Lunch will be provided for the event as well as transportation and on-site childcare. The workshop will be held on Saturday June 7th from 10 am – 2 pm at Flint Southwestern Classical Academy. This workshop is a tremendous opportunity for residents to assist the Flint Community Schools with generating a vision for the future of community education in our city. “The re-institution of a sustainable form of community education through K-12 schools, community centers, and early learning sites” was identified as a key strategy in the Economic Development and Education chapter of the Master Plan and this workshop marks a significant first step towards realizing that goal.  

RSVP for the Event Here or contact:

Vincent Slocum 
766-7426 ext. 3029
vslocum@cityofflint.com



 

Mayor Walling Wraps up the First Annual Commit to Fit! Mayor's Wellness Challenge

As part of his ongoing efforts to improve and expand wellness opportunities in the community, Mayor Dayne Walling partnered with the Greater Flint Health Coalition’s Commit to Fit! campaign to hold the first annual Commit to Fit! Mayor’s Wellness Challenge. The successful, month-long challenge was held through April, and awarded prizes to participants for tracking physical activity, nutrition, and weight, as well as for participation in fun, healthy events held throughout the community. Prizes included gym memberships, gift cards, and cash incentives for achieving Challenge goals.

Challenge participants tracked their healthy behaviors at www.commit2fit.com, a free online tool available to all those who live, learn, work, and play in Flint & Genesee County. Community members also joined Mayor Walling in healthy activities that included a Family Walk at Max Brandon Park, a Healthy Cooking Demonstration at the Flint Farmers’ Market, an Arbor Day Celebration at For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum, a Crim Adult Program Timing Night, as well as Weigh-In events at Flint City Hall.

According to surveys conducted before and after the challenge, participants increased the number of days they engaged in moderate physical activity per week, increased the servings of fruits and vegetables eaten per day, and increased the number of days they engage in muscle-strengthening activities per week following the Commit to Fit! Mayor’s Wellness Challenge.

Mark your calendars for the next Commit to Fit! Challenge: the Flint Farmers’ Market Shape Up Your Plate Challenge, which has a special focus on nutrition and will be held throughout the month of July!

Mayor Walling and Commit to Fit! would like to thank all the community partners who helped make this challenge such a success, including ABC12, City of Flint, Crim Fitness Foundation, Flint Farmers’ Market, Genesee County Parks & Recreation, Genesys Athletic Club, Greater Flint Health Coalition, Insight Health & Fitness (formerly Hurley Health & Fitness Center), University of Michigan-Flint Recreation Center, and all 897 challenge participants!

Expanding Flint's Trail Network

Following recent developments on the City's Grand Traverse Greenway Trail project, representatives of GM's Flint Tool & Die facility recently completed work on a series of hiking and biking trails in and around the Spring Grove site near the Tool & Die facility. The expansion of Flint's network of trails is a key strategy of the Transportation and Mobility chapter of the Imagine Flint Master Plan, and this is an excellent example of how dedicated institutions and organizations can work towards improving our community and implementing the Master Plan.
 

Upcoming Events

June 3rd
Steering Committee Meeting
5:30-7:30 pm,
Flint Public Library

June 3rd
Greenlife Community Education Workshop
5:30-7:30 pm
Berston Field House

June 5th
Greenlife Community Education Workshop
5:30-7:30 pm
McCree Theatre

June 5th
Building Neighborhood Capacity Program: Neighborhood Meeting
5:30-7:00 pm
Hasselbring Senior Center

June 7th
A Community Conversation on Community Education
10 am - 2 pm,
Southwestern Academy

June 10th
Planning Commission Meeting
6-8 pm,
Flint City Council Chambers

June 10th
Building Neighborhood Capacity Program Final Workshop
5:30-7:00 pm
Our Savior Lutheran Church

June 11th
Maintenance Workshop for Older Homes & Buildings
5:30-7:00 pm,
The Point Church,

June 24th
Planning Commission Meeting
6-8 pm,
Flint City Council Chambers 

*For a full list of upcoming Imagine Flint events please visit our calendar 

Historic Building Maintenance Workshop

On Wednesday, June 11th at The Point Church, 718 Oak Street, Genesee Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, will be hosting a workshop on General Maintenance of Older Homes and Buildings. The workshop is free and open to the public and participants will learn about the challenges common to older structures, how to remedy them, and how to effectively institute a maintenance program that will minimize the need for future repairs. For more information or to register for the workshop, please contact:

Tom Wyatt
twyatt@geneseehabitat.org
766-9089 ext. 208
 
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