FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2020
City Launches EngageKingston.com with Two Project Surveys
KINGSTON, NY – Mayor Steven T. Noble and the Office of Grants Management are pleased to announce the launch of EngageKingston.com, a new public engagement website to facilitate and encourage community participation in City projects and initiatives.
EngageKingston.com is a hub where community members can find information about City projects in planning and design phases and provide input to help guide decisions that affect the entire community. Once site visitors register and engage with a project, they will receive updates such as key dates, new participation opportunities, and survey results. The site offers unique interactive tools such as quick polls, mapping, and Q&As. The website has the capability to be immediately translated into 108 languages, including Spanish, creating better access to our government projects for all of Kingston’s diverse residents.
Pilot projects now on the site include the DRI Dietz Stadium\Andretta Pool and Uptown Transportation projects, where residents can weigh in on surveys about reconfiguring Schwenk Drive and improving three intersections along Clinton Avenue for safety and accessibility. Two open surveys are designed to collect a range of user experiences and safety concerns, and gather feedback on improvements that will help the City achieve its accessibility goals. The surveys will be open until June 8.
“We are thrilled to launch EngageKingston.com at a time when reaching the community is even more challenging,” said Mayor Noble. “This interactive site will enable the City to continue engaging the public in meaningful ways through the pandemic, at a time when we cannot hold in-person public meetings.”
More projects will be added to EngageKingston.com regularly, including many of the City’s portfolio of grant-funded transportation and water infrastructure projects, planning documents, housing initiatives, parks and sustainability programs, and more.
Project pages and participation opportunities coming soon include:
- Broadway & Grand Street Intersection Improvements
- Arts & Culture Master Plan
- Midtown Parking Lots
- Wilbur Avenue Paving
- Pedestrian Safety Action Plan
- Franklin Street Complete Streets Project
“The people of Kingston are very civically active, and they have often asked for more ways to participate in the process of municipal projects,” said Noble. “We hope this new education and engagement tool will further the reach of our traditional methods of communication, and bring more voices into the conversation.”
EngageKingston.com is made possible with funding provided by the New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative. It has also been funded in part by the Climate Smart Community Grant Program, Title15 of the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.