Friends of the Waterfront held a virtual meeting with folks from the Citizens’ Institute For Rural Design this past Monday afternoon. Jolene Brink heads Friends of the Waterfront and the meeting was attended by local residents, several City Council members and a cohort of professionals who work with the Citizens’ Institute for Rural Design, (CIRD). The purpose of the virtual gathering was to introduce people from the Two Harbors community with the design professionals from CRID and to plan for next steps in the process of re-envisioning the Two Harbors waterfront.
CIRD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and works around the country with communities with populations of 50,000 residents or less. CIRD’s goal is to enhance the quality of life in rural towns by working with local stakeholders to envision, plan and design creative, functional and revitalized spaces in their communities.
Two Harbors is one of eight rural com-munities around the nation that have been awarded the opportunity to work with the architectural and design professionals of CIRD. A non-virtual gathering is scheduled for this Friday, September 15th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm starting at Cedar Coffee Company (1130 11th Street, Two Harbors). Over the course of the day, participants will tour the Agate Bay Waterfront and the Lighthouse Point Trail system and will hold collaborative discussions on project ideas and opportunities. The day will wrap up at Castle Danger Brewing with a recap of project goals and principles and planning for the next steps to move the work forward.
Interested residents are encouraged to visit the Friends of the Waterfront website to learn more about the work of the Citizens’ Institute for Rural Design and the developing plans to revitalize the Two Harbors waterfront.