The continuance of a crucial dialogue is taking place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, at the St. Elizabeth Parish Center, when the Hoosic River Revival holds its second "community conversation" to gather input on the group’s mission to transform sections of the Hoosic River in the bounds of the city.
We encourage one and all to come out and be a part of this important discourse, one that represents a step on the long road of taking the Hoosic and turning it into a current of opportunity and enjoyment for the area.
The event marks an open opportunity for locals to learn more about the progress and plans HRR has made since its first community gathering in 2010, as well as a chance to have questions and concerns answered. Through public input Saturday, attendees can help shape the direction the group takes in its journey toward a possible pilot project on a piece of the Hoosic.
The main goal of the HRR is to take sections of the aged flood-control chutes and, by using modern flood-control designs, replace them with a structure that allows people to interact with the river once again while maintaining every ounce of flood protection.
Ultimately, this work could create an environment around the revitalized river that would spur economic development through adding a valuable amenity to the city’s offerings.
Such a completed vision -- a Hoosic River flood-control system that through modern design and engineering protects the city at the same time as offering a magnet of recreation and economic development -- is still far downstream as designs and plans are just conceptual right now. However, the process has to keep its momentum going, and local participation in conversations like this one are elemental to that.
We suggest residents come now and be a part of this conversation that stands to have a lasting and transformative affect on this city in the future.