On Saturday, March 26th, the third Cherry Blossom Festival was held in Lexington Manor Passive Park, hosted by St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks.
The CDC attended the festival as a vendor to open a dialogue with the residents of Lexington Park and engage with community leaders. Executive director Taylor Smith, board vice-chair Helen Daugherty, and board member Catherine Grube were present to ask residents what they would like to see out of their community. There was also a free craft table for children to paint their very own cherry blossom trees, thanks to volunteers Justice May and Austin Brouillard.
Featured at the CDC’s table was a task for passersby– to write about what they are hopeful for and what they look forward to in their community– and place their sticky note on a display board. This project is inspired by Charlie Hewitt’s Hopeful Project, learn more here. Dozens of folks stopped by to offer their insights and to share what is important to them, whether personal, recreational, or economical. Using these notes of feedback from the community, the CDC wishes to tailor its strategic plan to cater to the needs of local residents.