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University Park Neighbors' Kick-Off Event attended by more than 300 Grand Forks residents

The purpose of the community building event was to bring residents together to meet one another, have fun and offer ways to get involved in community-improvement projects that interest them

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The “University Park Neighborhoods’ Kick-off Event” at University Park on Saturday, Sept. 24, was attended by over 300 residents. Attendees enjoyed live music performed by Blood Quantum, outdoor games, free coffee, food trucks and tables by community involvement partners.
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GRAND FORKS — More than 300 local residents, including 150 area youth, attended the inaugural "University Park Neighbors' Kick-Off Event" held Sept. 24 in University Park.

The purpose of the community building event was to bring residents together to meet one another, have fun and offer ways to get involved in community-improvement projects that interest them.

During the "University Park Neighbors' Kick-Off Event" people enjoyed live music performed by Blood Quantum, outdoor games, free coffee, food trucks and tables by community involvement partners. The event also featured products and gardening tips from horticulture groups, like the GF Horticultural Society, the Oxbow Foundation at Old Crossing and UND’s Earth Systems Science and Policy Community Garden. Youth focused partners included ArtWise.

The event also highlighted the momentum building toward a shared community vision for the neighborhood and surrounding area.

According to a University Park Neighborhoods press release, a total of 11 workgroups were formed with dozens of residents signing up to be involved. Each workgroup is tailored to meet the goals identified by the community as most important to them.

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The workgroups are centered on topics including housing; pedestrian safety; hosting a Halloween block party; pollinator gardening and edible gardening; lighting; Little Free Libraries; historic education and neighborhood building.

More members are welcome to join these groups, which will meet on schedules determined by consensus of the residents who join.

In addition to joining a workgroup, individuals can also join in on topic specific neighborhood meetings, which occur twice per month through December. The planned meetings set through the rest of the year are:

● Pedestrian Safety — Oct. 27 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Salvation Army, (1600 University Ave)

● Zoning for Greenspace and Shops/Cafés — Nov. 10 from 5 p.m.-7 .pm. at the Valley Middle School Library

● Housing — Dec. 1 from 5 p.m.-7p.m. at the University Lutheran Church Lounge, (2122 University Ave)

● Planning for 2023 — Dec. 8 from 5 p.m.-7p.m. at the Valley Middle School Library

People who were not able to attend the meetings but are interested in getting involved can contact organizers by email at universityavenuegf@gmail.com.

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Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

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