Participatory budgeting (PB) 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 2019 Action Plan for participatory budgeting.
PB 2019 has two main goals:
(1) Enhance Hyde Park’s Rose Garden and Bocce Court area to make Hyde Park an all ages, all abilities, all day destination
(2) Programming our public places with family-friendly, year-round public programs
Read the PB 2019 Guide Book for more details.
PB 2019 Timeline
Saturday, April 27, 10am - Idea Session #1 (Hyde Park Ice Pavilion, 911 Robbins Dr)
Tuesday, April 30, 5:30pm - Idea Session #2 (Hyde Park Ice Pavilion, 911 Robbins Dr)
Saturday, June 1, 10am - 1:30pm - Idea Session #3 (What’s the 311? Family Day, Niagara Falls High School)
Sunday, June 9 - Ballot + Voting Opportunities Announced via nf-cd.org, NF CD Facebook Page, ad in Niagara Gazette, and press release sent to local news agencies
Saturday, June 15 - Ballot item release, public voting begins
Sunday, June 30 - Last day of public voting
Saturday, July 13, 10am - Announcement Event (Rose Garden, Hyde Park)
PB 360 - 2018
2018 was the second year for Participatory Budgeting in Niagara Falls. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds were used again to spur placemaking efforts in three neighborhoods: North End, Middle Pine, and South End. Each neighborhood received $120,000 of invested for a total of $360,000.
Click HERE to see how Year 2 of PB 260 went!
PB 360 - 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!