Citizen Engagement and Community Development

Myrtle Street Garden - Bob Kiss pursued creating this pocket park and Community Garden in the Old North End

Myrtle Street Garden - Bob Kiss pursued creating this pocket park and Community Garden in the Old North End

As Mayor, Bob:

  • Established the Citizen Budget Task Force, which has worked over the last three years to make recommendations for the City budget
  • Promoted extensive public outreach and involvement in decisions about the Moran Redevelopment Project
  • Initiated an expansive and inclusive community selection process for Police Chief hiring
  • Provided numerous other opportunities for citizen engagement through the Environmental & Energy Coordinating Committee, Climate Action Plan process, Retirement Task Force, Stormwater Task Force, and Afterschool Committee

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  • Created “social equity” position for the Legacy Project
  • Reopened Blanchard Beach at Oakledge Park, after years of closure for environmental reasons
  • Increased City fine for graffiti offenses and supported graffiti clean-up program
  • Supported the creation of the Myrtle Street Pocket Park through the Conservation Legacy Fund with proponents of  a neighborhood pocket parks
  • With several community partners, completed work on the Gosse Court Armory, a multi-use recreation center in New North End (Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center)
  • Provided unprecedented financial support of City’s two senior centers and commitment to address their long-term sustainability
  • Promoted bicycle and pedestrian safety initiatives with police department, DPW and Local Motion

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