CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 3, 2019) – On Wednesday, the City of Charlotte’s Placemaking Program dropped 100 rocking chairs across the community to celebrate Charlotte’s 250th anniversary and invite residents to collaborate in placemaking efforts.
Residents are invited to sit and relax in the new chairs, and share ideas about how to transform underutilized public spaces into vibrant, useful places for everyone.
“We chose rocking chairs as a symbol of the city’s charm, encouraging people to stop and take in the environment, and celebrate their public spaces,” said Monica Holmes, placemaking manager for the city’s Urban Design Center
. “We want to build on the city’s welcoming reputation while encouraging Charlotteans to explore the possibilities of shaping our community together.”
Each rocking chair will display the web address for the City of Charlotte's Placemaking Program: charlottenc.gov/placemaking
. This online tool is a one-stop shop that points neighborhoods, communities and businesses to public realm enhancement resources, including:
- Funding opportunities,
- Emerging artist opportunities, and
- Tools to implement projects in public spaces.
The rocking chairs will remain in place until the end of 2019. To find rocking chairs near you, go to the Placemaking Program’s website.
The Placemaking Program launched in 2018 with the mission of using urban design and placemaking to transform and create spaces in Charlotte with a sense of identity and place. The Urban Design Center in the City of Charlotte’s Planning, Design, and Development department is spearheading the effort with city-led projects while also creating opportunities for neighborhoods to use placemaking to promote community collaboration and accomplish public space goals.
Share your placemaking stories on social media using #RockWithCLT. Keep an eye out for additional placemaking initiatives popping up throughout the city and visit charlottenc.gov/placemaking
for more information.
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