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Hello Sidney Students & Families! 

Thanks for taking this short survey to share your ideas about what you might like to see along our riverfront. For each question that follows, please select images of outdoor recreational activities and spaces that you would be interested in having in Sidney. 

The anniversary of Tropical Storm Lee reminded me of the devastation we endured twice in five years. Then and now, it brings the risk into sharp focus: too many of our most vulnerable residents still live in harm’s way.  We must adapt and make way for more water – restore open space and end the cycle of rebuilding.  Sidney’s described as “a small community with big plans, turning challenges into opportunities, committed to work with nature to be safe and resilient.”

We can do that - if we share a vision.
We have made progress. We appreciate that getting through the buyout programs has been grueling for many people. But it’s working. We have acquired nearly 100 properties and the Community Foundation donated 68 acres. We added stormwater storage under sidewalks and removed Peckham Reservoir Dam, built safe places to live, helped small businesses and secured FEMA funds to build the GreenPlain and reconstruct Route 8 culverts. While acquisitions are not complete, some properties are nearly ready to be reused.

Choosing what to do next starts with updating our vision. It's very clear that public space, green space, open streets and recreation play a powerful role in our personal and community resilience. With support of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), we are reaching out to hear your ideas for how publicly owned riverfront land should be reused.  I’m convinced that this may be our greatest opportunity ever to reach a consensus vision and improve quality of life for today’s residents and future generations.

Visioning is part of “Resilient Sidney” that is also updating our Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code.  

You have enormous influence over how all of this happens –but only if you participate.
Please contact me for any additional information at  amatviak@gmail.com. Or contact John Redente at Jredente1@gmail.com. 

Be well,

Andy Matviak,
Mayor

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* 1. What outdoor activities for you and your friends would you like to have in Sidney?  Select as many as you'd like.

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* 2. Which active sports and recreation uses would you like to have in Sidney? Select as many as you'd like.

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* 3. Which of the following fun activities would you like to have in Sidney? Select as many as you'd like.

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* 4. Which of the following outdoor activities in nature are you interested in for Sidney? Select as many as you'd like. [Part 1]

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* 5. Which of the following outdoor activities are you interested in for Sidney?  [Part 2]

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* 6. What natural or open spaces would you like to have in Sidney? Select as many as you'd like.

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* 7. What local food-related uses would you like to see in Sidney? Select as many as you'd like.

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* 8. What outdoor cultural activities/event spaces would you like to see in Sidney? Select as many as you'd like.

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* 9. Are there any other outdoor spaces or activities that you would like to have in Sidney?

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* 10. Age-Friendly and Accessible Spaces: Think about your parents, grandparents, yourself or students you might know with disabilities. How can we make recreation and community spaces would work for people of all ages and abilities? 

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* 11. If you would like to receive project updates, please provide your contact information below. 

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