WILLIAMSBURG — The City of Williamsburg will host a series of Future Festivals to gather public input and identify strategic objectives for the City government.
The effort is part of its biennial Goals, Initiatives, and Outcomes (GIO) process. Festivals will run through September, the first beginning on Aug. 22.
The City will host a total of eight Future Festivals over the next several weeks, where attendees will play games designed to gather feedback that will help inform City Council and City staff as they develop the City’s work plan for the next two years.
“We wanted to reinvent the public input format to make these sessions more appealing and accessible,” City Manager Andrew O. Trivette said. “This festival format is not only more fun, but it is also mobile. We are bringing the public input sessions to the community rather than hoping the community comes to us.”
The Future Festivals are scheduled for:
- 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22 at Kiwanis Park, 125 Longhill Road
- 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 at Bicentennial Park, 320 Court St.
- 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at Quarterpath Recreation Center, 202 Quarterpath Road
- 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Highland Park Community Park, 703 N. Henry St.
- 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 at Walsingham Academy, 1100 Jamestown Road
- 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Former DMV site, 952 Capitol Landing Road
According to the city, festivals will also include lawn games, such as cornhole, horseshoes, giant chess and checkers, and giant Connect-4; a coloring station; a video booth; and free hamburgers and hot dogs. Attendees will also be given punch cards, with anyone who completing the tasks on the punch card winning a prize.
Two more festivals are planned to take place at Williams & Mary later this year with the dates to be determined. Updates will be posted to the Williamsburg website as more information is released.