“What’s the 311?” Roller Rink Day Announced
A New Style of Community Meeting to Engage Youth
March 13, 2019 - The Niagara Falls Community Development Department (NFCD) is excited to announce the “What’s the 311” Skate Day at the Niagara Falls Conference Center, on April 24, 2019, with musical guest DJ P-Nasty. As part of the Cities Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement (RISE) grant, NFCD has partnered with the Niagara Falls Conference Center and Niagara Falls Youth City Council to create a new style of community engagement event. Attendees will give ideas and feedback on NFCD’s plan to create a Niagara Falls 311 system, and are then welcomed to enjoy an open skate.
NFCD asks that attendees provide identification showing that they are Niagara Falls residents, as the 311 participation campaign is designed to gain local opinion. Niagara Falls students can show individual school or power school identification or report card. The event is focused on gaining teenage participation as this is a group that is often overlooked. The rental skates available (250 total) are sized to accommodate this age group. Attendees are also able to bring their own skates. Both the event and skate rental will be free to the public. A 9,200 square foot rink will be provided, and staffed, by Neon Entertainment. Attendees will enter the Conference Center from the Old Falls Street doors. Based on attendance, skate times may be staggered.
This is the first of our “What’s the 311?” event series, with soon to be announced dates focused on creating news way to engage all age groups in our city. In 2018, NFCD was awarded a competitive Cities RISE grant as one of a select group of New York State cities, funded by a major New York State Attorney General Office bank settlement. The purpose of the program is to innovatively address and transform blighted, vacant, or poorly maintained problem properties through the use of housing and community data. NFCD has chosen 311 implementation, a central non-emergency citizen reporting system, as its Cities RISE project. Neither the “What’s the 311?” event series nor the system itself require local taxpayer dollars.
Event: “What’s the 311?” Skate Day
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 12-4 pm Location: Niagara Falls Conference Center, 101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls, NY