Did you know that City Council positions in Happy Valley are volunteer roles? We didn’t get in this for the money or the fame. We all ran for office to be more engaged in our community. Sometimes that engagement comes in the form of formal meetings, ribbon cuttings and other events. But our favorite time of year to be out in the community is easily during the summer. There is no better time to connect and have conversations with Happy Valley residents than while doing something fun.
Between family festivals, parades, summer concerts, outdoor movie nights, and neighborhood block parties, there is truly something for everyone. Not only are these events fun for the entire family, they provide an opportunity for you to engage with your neighbors and get to know other community members. As elected officials, they also provide us an opportunity to hear about what is on your mind. While you might be casually sharing your perspective to a fellow resident, the feedback we receive at these gatherings helps shape our decisions to create a more livable community.
These conversations have been particularly important this summer as we have been focused on understanding the public’s vision for the future of Happy Valley parks. As the City goes through the process of developing a new parks, recreation, and open space plan, we need your ideas. Thus far, we’ve heard that residents want a community center, more ballfields, trails and paths, and a new community park. To put these ideas into action, we need to hear from all of you.
If you haven’t had a chance to talk to our team yet, make sure to check out a special Community Workshop that will be held at Happy Valley Park from 4pm-6pm on Thursday, Aug. 10. The event, which will be held right before the summer concert featuring Hit Machine, will be a great opportunity for residents to share their thoughts, ask questions and have a little fun in the process.
Thank you to all who have attended the summer events we’ve had so far. We’ve had so much fun the past couple months talking to you. We hope to see more of you out there in August. For more information on events, visit www.happyvalleyor.gov.