Ten years ago, there was a list of goals meant to outline the next 30 years in Cottage Grove and maintain a vision for the future. A group of residents signed up to guide that plan, calling themselves the Vision Keepers. Last Tuesday night, they opened the conversation up to the community.
The Community Conversation, held in the Cottage Grove High School cafetorium, was open to the public and focused on garnering feedback on the current community plan including where it falls short. Ten years in, the group has seen some of the tasks completed including the construction of a new high school and elementary school but others are still unchecked such as a teen center.
Approximately 70 residents and community leaders attended the event which included a free meal and raffle prizes ranging from free yoga classes to tickets for the Opal Center's latest play.
Topics floating across the round table discussions included how to improve local institutions such as Bohemia Mining Days—the annual four-day festival held every summer—and concerts in the park that sees local bands play for free once a week in Bohemia Park when the weather turns warm. There was also discussion of how—in a room full of the usual community leaders and participants—organizations could engage residents who don’t regularly attend events like the community conversation city council meetings or even Bohemia Mining Days.
Members of the Vision Keepers board are appointed by the city council. For more information, please contact the city manager’s office at (541) 942-5501.