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 once again allocated $360,000 in the 2018 Action Plan for participatory budgeting.  Called "PB 360,"  NF CD seeks yours ideas and participation in community-led, direct decision-making.

The theme for PB 360 in the 2018 Action Plan is "Placemaking."  Placemaking is what it sounds like: making places.  Places are locations that have a recognized meaning by a group of people over time.  Places are where we grow up, live, work, play, and call home.  This initiative seeks to decide what public infrastructure or improvements are needed to create, restore, and/or enhance community places and belonging in three Niagara Falls to continue building on recent NFCD investments in those neighborhoods: North End, South End, and Middle Pine.  Each neighborhood has a pot of $120,000 set aside for placemaking initiatives that come from and are decided by Niagara Falls residents. Idea Sessions will gather ideas from community members in an interactive setting to share, form, and build those ideas.  Those ideas will then be put to a public vote that will ultimately decide which ideas get implemented.

Ballot Creation

NF CD has created a ballot of PB 360 items and will soon announce voting opportunities.  The ballot items were created from local resident ideas shared Idea Session Meetings held in June 2018 and eligibility for HUD CDBG funding.


Ballot Items

North End

(NE 1) Community Center RFP - $50,000
(NE 2) Underground Railroad Monument Replacement - $15,000
(NE 3) Fence Installation & Crosswalk Painting at D'Amelio Park - $10,000
(NE 4) Exterior Home Improvement Grants - $100,000
(NE 5) Historical & Cultural Public Art - $10,000
(NE 6) Graffiti Wall Art - $10,000

Middle Pine

(MP 1) Targeted Street Cleanups - $10,000
(MP 2) Power Box Public Art - $3,000
(MP 3) Pride Flags for Pine Ave - $1,000
(MP 4) Bike Repair Station & Programming - $6,000
(MP 5) Exterior Home Improvement Grants - $100,000
(MP 6) Blight Clearance - $100,000

South End

(SE 1) Exterior Home Improvement Grants - $100,000
(SE 2) Blight Clearance - $100,000
(SE 3) Public Art Garbage Cans - $20,000
(SE 4) 8th Street Pock Park Improvements - $20,000


Questions?

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about the PB 360 process, please let us know.  A Frequently Asked Questions page will be available shortly.  In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to our staff by using the form below and we will get back to you ASAP.
 

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Additional Resources

Check out some of the resources below to learn about what placemaking is and how we can build better places in Niagara Falls as a community:

Project for Public Spaces (website)
"Simple Things, Great Places" (article)
Placemaking Chicago (Youtube video, 2:05)
Placemaking and Community (Youtube video, 9:29)

2018 PB 360 Neighborhoods

North End

Placemaking borders:
Train track south of Grove Avenue, 9th Street, Beech Ave, 15th Street
Recent NFCD investment:
African Heritage Food Co-Op

South End

Placemaking borders:
Niagara Street, 8th Street, Pine Avenue, 4th Street
Recent NFCD investment:
Walnut Avenue Homes, Niagara Orleans-BOCES

Middle Pine

Placemaking borders:
24th Street, Ferry Avenue, 17th Street, LaSalle Avenue
Recent NFCD investment:
Liberty Park Playground, Summer Park Programming

 

PB 360 - 2017

 Participants interact with each other and the  parks master plan  at the first pb 360 idea session of 2017.

Participants interact with each other and the parks master plan at the first pb 360 idea session of 2017.

2017 was the first year for Participatory Budgeting in Niagara Falls.  Using federal funds through HUD's Community Development Block Grant Program, Niagara Falls Community Development allocated $360,000 for public parks improvements using the participatory budgeting model.  This program became known as "PB 360" and is currently in the implementation phase of putting residents' ideas to use.

Click HERE to see how our inaugural year of PB 360 went!