Sunday, May 29, 2011
By Brenden Lemkin, Shoreline Farmers' Market Association
On Tuesday, May 17, 2011, the Shoreline Farmers' Market organization was given the floor for a presentation to the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association. The meeting was based around Looking Up In A Downturned Economy, a presentation by Shoreline's Economic Development Manager, Dan Eernissee. Dan has been working with us on behalf of the city in to establish a farmers market at the new Town Center Park site.
A focal point of our presentation was the economic benefits of a Shoreline Farmers Market. This lined up nicely with Dan's presentation which focused on Shoreline's fiscal stability as well as many short and long term projects in the works. A few of his visions are: Increasing retail and parking at Aurora Square (Central Market's home, possible movie theatre, park and ride, etc), rebranding N 160th St by the Sears mall to capture the Shoreline Community College connection to the city and Aurora, and of course, the Town Center Subarea plan.
The farmers market was a hot topic at this meeting and we were thrilled to discuss and answer questions from the Echo Lake community. Our organization looks forward to future opportunities to present the work we are doing. All of the feedback we receive is extremely helpful for us and we are excited to hear what Echo Lake Neighborhood Association thinks of our plans. We thank the ELNA Board for hosting us at their meeting and we look forward to doing it again.