The Our Valley Our Future / Nuestro Valle Nuestro Futuro community development initiative has launched a survey to gauge how residents view six projects — including a new East Wenatchee library — that may be added to its 2020 action plan.
The survey can be found here.
Those who complete the survey, which will remain live through Sept. 30, will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate at McGlinn’s Restaurant and Public House.
“The feedback from residents is very important,” said Steve Maher, OVOF coordinator. “Our Valley Our Future has vetted these projects for alignment with prior community feedback to ensure they fit a particular focus area and strategy in the Action Plan. Residents were the ones who originally developed the Action Plan, and we want them to continue to weigh in and let us know whether OVOF should add these projects.”
One of the six projects being considered for action is a new East Wenatchee Public Library. The current 1,100-square-foot library is located inside East Wenatchee City Hall. The proposed project is to build a facility to meet the growing needs of our valley and its changing population, specifically addressing the need for community meeting spaces, programming for all ages, and the integration of new technology.
Other projects being considered in this latest round include:
- Certifying the Greater Wenatchee Area as an official Blue Zones community by making changes at businesses, governments, schools, restaurants and elsewhere that promote healthier choice in the daily lives of residents.
- Building more than 30 miles of new multi-use trails, plus parking and other amenities, in the Number Two Canyon area near Wenatchee.
- Writing, designing and publishing a multi-platform book that showcases and celebrates North Central Washington success stories that embody “thinking like a community.”
- Enhancing and expanding substance abuse treatment programs for criminal offenders.
- Constructing new facilities at Wenatchee Valley College — including a new Wells Hall and a Center for Technical Education and Innovation — to house programs ranging from adult basic learning to four-year degrees.
Our Valley, Our Future began in 2015 out of a desire by the community to develop an overall vision and strategic action plan for the region, and to tackle some big challenges, such as the curtailment of Alcoa, threats from catastrophic wildfires, legging wages, rising poverty rates, and a growing housing crisis.