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City of Clearwater Invites Residents to Upcoming Streets Experiment

City of Clearwater Invites Residents to Upcoming Streets Experiment CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The city of Clearwater's Planning and Development Department is hosting Pop-Up North Marina: A Community Streets Experiment and Festival to study techniques to improve the overall experience for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers on four existing streets in the North Marina area, which is just north of Downtown Clearwater. City staff wants community participation at the three events designed to introduce the community to the potential the temporary and permanent street enhancements could have for all. ' The community meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. January 11 at the Clearwater Main Library Meeting Room A, 100 N. Osceola Ave. The community meeting is designed to introduce the Pop-Up North Marina project and have participants vote on one of three proposed crosswalk designs to be painted across Fort Harrison Avenue and Eldridge Street. ' Paint and Installation Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. January 21. Participants will meet at Fort Harrison Avenue and Seminole Street. The event will engage residents and volunteers to work in teams to paint a sidewalk extension, paint a crosswalk, install planters and install benches along Fort Harrison Avenue. ' Community Festival and Kickoff will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. January 28 at the Fort Harrison Avenue and Seminole Street. The day will be filled with walking and biking tours of the North Marina Master Plan area, a DJ playing music, food trucks and interactive games for children to celebrate the new changes. The Pop-Up North Marina project will feature temporary installations for possible improvements using paint and materials on top of several existing streets in the North Marina area that has a boundary of Nicholson Street to the north, Osceola Avenue to west, the Pinellas Trail to the east and Georgia Street to the south. These improvements will feature traffic calming, protected areas for pedestrians and bicyclists, sidewalk extensions, on-street parking, enhanced landscaping, flower planters designed by the community, benches, painted pavement art and wayfinding signage. The two-month-long installation will test recommendations regarding future streetscape improvements to evaluate how it works and if permanent changes should be made. The project follows an extensive community engagement process for the North Marina Area Master Plan where residents and stakeholders shared their ideas. Sign up to volunteer for the Paint and Installation Day at the January 11 meeting or by contacting Lawrence Young Jr., the city of Clearwater's neighborhoods coordinator, at Lawrence.young@myclearwater.com or (727) 562-4559. ###
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