Friends of Maxwell Park

Workshops to Transform Maxwell Park

June 26, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
FAHA Cafe - Finish American Home Association
197 Verano Avenue
Sonoma, CA 95476
Larry Davis
Workshops to Transform Maxwell Park @ FAHA Cafe - Finish American Home Association  | Sonoma | California | United States

From 10 AM to 6 PM on Friday, June 26, at the FAHA cafe on Verano Avenue in El Verano,  the Friends of Maxwell Park  will host nine short, 45 minute community workshops. Each workshop will focus on a different core issue facing Maxwell Park users, planners and managers as we recreate the park’s master plan.

Registration will be through out the day from 10 AM to 6 PM.  Local residents are encouraged to attend one or several of the workshops depending on their interests.  All Workshops will use either a seminar process, (10 or less participants),  or a world cafe process, (up to 25 participants). The intention is to elicit the views of participants and form on-going research and planning working groups

Workshop Schedule
Morning Visions: Changing  Our Way of Thinking About and Using the Park 

10 AM: Designing a Park for Use by Elders, Small Children, Dogs, Beavers, and Women Walking

11 AM: Slide Show: Redirecting the Urbanization of Maxwell Park to Create a Community Urban Park

NOON: Using Maxwell Park for Public Events: Art, Music, Food, and Fiestas!

Afternoon Realities: The Social, Ecological, and Economic Context of Maxwell Park

1PM: Integrating Maxwell Park with El Verano and its Local Adjacent Neighborhoods

2PM: Protected Spaces: Creek Habitats, Bird Inventories, & Nature Trails

3 PM: Open Space: Participants Choice

Evening  Hard Choices:  Energy, Money and Politics    

4 PM: Repeat of 11 AM Slide Show Plus Summary of Earlier Workshops

5 PM: Transitioning to Sustainable Park Management: Energy, Money, & Politics

6 PM: Creating New Soccer Fields for Adults and Teens
The purpose of these workshops is to engage local residents of El Verano and the springs communities in re-imagining how the park can be used to support the community health and quality of life of its adjacent neighborhoods.

Our challenge is to develop a new twenty-first century urban community park which serves multiple multi-cultural, social, and recreational interests; is safe and accessible for elders, the handicapped and small children; preserves and enhances the park’s exquisite environmental qualities; and is sustain-ably and cost effectively managed.

To schedule a time to express your interests and concerns, or to offer help with workshop tasks (registration, serving  coffee, note taking, etc.,) please contact Larry Davis or visit

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