Voicing visions in Concord

It was just to gather information with no action planned for anytime soon, but more than two dozen people attended a Voice Your Vision meeting in Concord Township Tuesday evening.

It was the second of at least three such sessions for council members to hear what residents want to see in Concord. The July 20 session was on connectivity, open space, and trails.

According to Councilwoman Colleen Morrone, "We're listening to residents to find out how we can make Concord the best it can be. So, tonight is an opportunity for them to come out and give us ideas and suggestions that they may have thought of but didn't know how to voice their concerns."

A previous session was held via Zoom, but Morrone said this was the chance to see and hear people in person to get their ideas face-to-face.

"People gravitate to parks and open space," Morrone said, "but it's important to hear what people think is important."

Council President Dominic Pileggi likened it to connecting the dots.

It was a loose and informal session held in the township's maintenance garage with residents offering opinions to a variety of questions posed by Councilwoman Vinita Deshmukh. Questions focused on what activities residents have seen and enjoyed in the township, what they would like to see in the future, and what locations need attention.

Responses ranged from more trail connectivity, both within the township and connections to other townships, to a continuation of some activities and the addition of others.

People said they like the Memorial Day parades, Halloween events, and the Fall Festival. One resident said he'd like to see some food tasting events, while others would like to see a community center and a community swimming pool. Other residents said there should be better access to the Rachel Kohl Library, and some would like a commercial downtown area, and others want an amphitheater.

A third Voice Your Vision session is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. July 27 at 30 Bethel Road. Once Council has gathered all the information, members will determine which ideas they think can or can’t be implemented and present those findings to the residents.

About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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