Envision Depot Square kicks off with event October 13

With passenger rail service returning to Holyoke, The UMASS Architecture and Design Program is kicking off four community organized events to provide residents with an opportunity to learn more about what that means for economic and community development in their neighborhood.  A Pop-up Block Party will be held on Saturday October 13th, 2012 from 4pm-9pm at the corners of Main and Dwight Streets as a kick off event. The next three events will each cover a different topic relating to the return of passenger rail to the Center City.

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  • October  17  /  5:30 – 7:00 PM / 92 Race Street / Economic Development Dialogue
  • October 20 / 5:30 – 7:00 PM / 92 Race Street / History + Culture Dialogue
  • October 24 / 5:30 – 7:00 PM / 92 Race Street / Food + Fitness Dialogue



To promote the event UMASS students worked with the DPW to create “clean graffiti” on sidewalks around the City.  There will be food, films, demos, dancing and more – please join us to help imagine a revitalized Holyoke.  In case of rain, the event will be held at 92 Race Street.

Envision Depot Square is sponsored by University of Massachusetts Amherst / Architecture and Design Program in collaboration with the City of Holyoke, Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council, Holyoke Public Schools, Dr. Marcella R. Kelly Full Service Community School, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission / New England’s Sustainable Knowledge Corridor, Gateway City Arts, and the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/EnvisionDepotSquareHolyoke

Also taking place on October 13 is the annual Discover Holyoke Day, organized by Passport Holyoke and Wistariahurst Museum – a day of scheduled family friendly events around the City that celebrate Holyoke’s art, culture and history, including Holyoke’s Latin Jazz Fest that night at the Winter Palace from 4pm-midnight.   The festival will showcase local musicians along with world-class performers.  For more information visit www.PassportHolyoke.org and www.HolyokeLatinJazzFest.org


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