Regional Leadership Consortium
On December 1st, DACU presented to the Camino Real Regional Leadership Consortium (RLC) about our work engaging Chaparral residents to inform design of the multi-use trail that the County will build along Lisa Drive.
Community members are expressing which amenities they want to see along the trail as well as bring to light other issues, such as flooding and traffic safety.
DACU mapper Perla Diaz described how she and Lizette Estrada have gathered ideas from residents and built relationships with them. Their methods have included visiting with residents door-to-door, holding a caminata in July, piggybacking onto local events, and setting up a large map at local gathering places that they have personalized with details only residents would recognize.
The RLC meeting provided an opportunity for local agencies to reflect on their own community engagement practices and to recognize the importance of working with undervalued residents to develop as well as implement community engagement strategies. The DACU mappers look forward to sharing what they've learned with Chaparral residents and the County in the new year.
Perla Diaz explains how she added elements easily recognized by residents (such as ice cream trucks at the park) to enhance their engagement with an aerial map.