PB 360 is the first instance of participatory budgeting put into action in Niagara Falls. Participatory budgeting is a democratic decision-making process of direct citizen engagement to manage public money. With funds from U.S. Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Niagara Falls has allocated $360,000 in the 2017 Action Plan for PB 360. We are seeking yours ideas and participation to decide how best to improve our city parks.
Members of the public participated in two brainstorm sessions held to get ideas onto paper. The first session was held Saturday, June 24, at the John Duke Center and the second was held Wednesday, June 28 at the Carnegie Building. These ideas will be worked into budgeted ballot items during the month of July and ballot items will be put to public vote during the month of August. Voting will take place in public places and at public events throughout August.
Check back in late July for the results of the brainstorm sessions and more details about how to vote. If you have any questions, use the contact form below or contact Jarrett Steffen, Compliance Officer, at email@example.com or by calling (716) 286-8811.
"City in a Park" Citywide Parks Master Plan
In 2013, the City engaged in a public participation process to create a master plan for city parks in Niagara Falls. PB 360 looks to use this master plan as a jumping off point for discussion in the participatory budgeting brainstorming sessions. Residents are welcome to reference the "City in a Park" documents below to initiate discussion and idea development.
"City in a Park" City of Niagara Falls 2013 Citywide Parks Master Plan
Appendix A - A Historical Perspective of the Park System
Appendix B - Community Engagement Summary
Appendix C - Park Summary Sheets
Appendix D - Recreation Stakeholder Input
Appendix E - Analysis Maps
Appendix F - Individual Park Master Plans
Appendix G - Opinion of Probable Costs
Do you have a question or an idea and are unable to make the brainstorming session? Use the contact form below to connect with us and we will respond or include your idea in the public meeting.