City of Stow board and commission members convened June 4, for a Visioning Workshop as part of the Stow City Center “Phase I” planning process.

The Visioning Workshop, co-facilitated by Linda Nahrstedt, director Parks & Recreation for the city, and Katie Widness, WWBD Consulting, LLC, provided participants the opportunity to share their vision and ideas for the new Amphitheater and playground projects proposed for the first phase of the City Center.

Members of the Commission on Inclusion, Parks and Recreation Board, Senior Citizens Commission, Arts Commission and Steering Committee for the City Center Project were all present, along with select City staff members.

During this focus group, Nahrstedt and Widness co-facilitated a conversation regarding the design and the use of the space under consideration for the project. They also presented concept renderings to help those in attendance visualize all that the space can offer. Participants were asked to keep an open mind, listen and respect all input and opinions throughout the session.

“We truly value the thoughts and opinions of those who serve on our local Boards and Commissions,” said Stow Mayor John Pribonic. “The perspective of these individuals, and the Stow community at large, is vital as we continue to conceptualize the potential of the Stow City Center.”

The session marked the next step in the City Center planning process. The input collected will help inform next steps for the planning team with the ultimate goal of providing amenities that will be utilized and enjoyed by all residents.

Additional updates on the City Center project will be provided as they develop.