Recycling Games at the Lot!


On Friday, October 11, the games began on the stumps with some clear rules of Recycling Do*s and Don’t*s. The kids were all ears; t-shirts and blue bins could be won. And Recycling Lore. IMG_6566

The Salem Recycling Committee presented the facts. And then the games began: three groups ran, yelled, and aimed to get the right recycling materials in the proper bins. Action packed.


Can’t quite remember who won the game, but a great deal of knowledge was learned by all. Not to mention the fun had.IMG_6570 IMG_6571 IMG_6572

After the games, many got t-shirts and some won one of six blue bins. As recycling is now mandatory in Salem, and The Point is its most dense neighborhood, this was a good beginning towards a shift away from the throwing away of all things to a more thoughtful approach to waste management. In fact, as the kids learned, one person’s trash is another’s raw material for entirely new creations!IMG_6576 IMG_6579

The players even helped distribute the information in English and Spanish. If you missed it, the main points are posted on the Point Bulletin Board – go have a look.
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The Point Action Plan

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Read and comment on the Point Action Plan! After many focus group meetings and two large community meetings, the MAPC, The CIty of Salem, the PNA, and the NSCDC have released a Draft Plan for Public Review.

It is lengthy, but go to the table of contents, find what you care about and comment below – the plan creators will hear your comments!


Especially Interesting are the maps generated during round table discussions. Salem Public Space Project helped to lead the Open Space discussion – what are your ideas?

Put Your Ideas on the Map!

Put Your Ideas on the Map!

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Neighborhood Meeting: A Visioning Plan for The Point

Point Visioning aerial map with Open Space Intervention Dots

Point Visioning aerial map with Open Space Intervention Dots

The final meeting to discuss and gather more useful information for The Point Visioning Plan was held Monday, May 13 at the Salem Charter School in Shetland Park. Many came to discuss subjects dear to their hearts in small groups over large aerial prints of their neighborhood. Talks ranged from safety to economics to voting. I helped facilitate the discussion on parks and open space.

The aerial map at the center instantly engaged participants to question the neighborhood boundaries defined at the map. After disputes and some confusion we determined community borders were at least as fluid as a river’s banks. The map was soon covered with blue dots signifying points of intervention. Suggestions were numerous, imaginative, and practical: a boardwalk around Shetland Park, better lighting at Mary Jane Lee Park, consistent (and persistent) clean up for Peabody, Ward, and Harbor Streets, more community gardens, and moving the Salem Farmers’ Market to Lafayette Park for a more central location between Downtown and the Point.

A Young Participator

A Young Participator

Participation came from all ages!

At the end of an evening full of imaginative talk filled with anticipation for the future, and a feeling of climbing momentum, the next step for the Point Visioning Plan (so well organized and implemented by MAPC, the NSCDC, the Point Neighborhood Association, and the City of Salem) was announced:

The final plan will be posted on the city website.


Information gathered will be used to determine the allocation of moneys and effort.

A seemingly anticlimactic end for a process began that should not end, since a neighborhood’s work is never done, only sustained!

Handouts for a draft of the Visioning Plan were included and quite informative; so many potential projects and paths to follow!(The final draft will also be posted on this site.)Point Visioning Plan Draft 2013.05.13 Point Visioning Plan Draft Action Plans 2013.05.13

Which of these areas are most important to you? What community projects could address several Action Items?