Public Engagement Project Feedback

The Wayne County Foundation is looking for community feedback on the following projects, which are finalists for up to $5,000,000 from the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s GIFT VIII Community Leadership Grant: a portion of Phase III of the Whitewater Gorge in Richmond and an outdoor venue space at Creitz Park in Cambridge City. These two transformative projects will drive visitation to Wayne County, support local business, and begin increasing population. In addition, they will provide spaces and activities at little or no cost for residents of all ages and abilities. To review the GIFT VIII Concept follow this link: 4.29-Wayne-County-Concept-Paper-FINAL-DRAFT-for-publication-1.pdf (forwardwaynecounty.org)

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* 1. What is your age?

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* 2. What community are you from?

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* 3. In partnership with the Cambridge City Main Street Organization and the Town of Cambridge City, $370,000 of grant funding would be utilized to construct a permanent outdoor concert venue in Creitz Park. GIFT VIII will close the funding gap to complete the construction of the venue, improve adjacent streetscapes, and provide enhanced beautification and picnic tables for the area, facilitating cultural enrichment and expanding entertainment options for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities.

How often do you attend concerts at Creitz Park?

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* 4. How impactful would the addition of a performance pavilion be for Creitz Park and Wayne County?

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* 5. Creitz Park Updated Gathering Space

How impactful do you think an updated gathering space would be to support the new performance pavilion?

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* 6. With the improvements to Creitz Park, are you more likely to attend a concert or event?

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* 7. How impactful would updates to Creitz Park be for quality of life and destination development in Wayne County?

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* 8. What kind of programming would you like to see at Creitz Park?

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* 9. Do you have any other ideas to enhance Creitz Park?

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* 10. Any additional comments regarding the permanent performance pavilion and updated gathering space?

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* 11. $4.5 million of GIFT VIII funding would be used for two of the five projects in Phase III of the City of Richmond’s 2022 Whitewater Gorge Activation Plan, transforming The Gorge into a regional destination for visitors and residents alike.

How frequently do you currently visit the Gorge?

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* 12. Boardwalk improvements would be made along the eastern edge of the Whitewater River. Visitors could interact with the water using a new fully inclusive boardwalk that spans existing habitats and wetlands along the riparian corridor. Lighting and signage would be added to educate visitors about the Gorge’s unique history and ecology.


How impactful would the addition of a river boardwalk be for the Whitewater Gorge and Wayne County?

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* 13. A bouldering garden designed for older children, teens, and adults, would feature small to large rocks and boulders meant for climbing.

How impactful would the addition of a bouldering garden be for the Whitewater Gorge and Wayne County?

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* 14. For younger children, an adventure playground would be included featuring nature-inspired play structures including tree stumps, animal sculptures, play nets, small rocks, and a large slide.

How impactful would the addition of an adventure playground be for the Whitewater Gorge and Wayne County?

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* 15. How impactful would updates to the Gorge be for quality of life and destination development in Wayne County?

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* 16. With the improvements to the Gorge, are you more likely to visit or attend an event?

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* 17. What kind of programming would you like to see at the Whitewater Gorge?

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* 18. Do you have any other ideas to enhance the Whitewater Gorge?

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* 19. Any additional comments regarding the proposed updates to the Gorge?

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* 20. Any general ideas to enhance quality of life in Wayne County?

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