Rebuild was in Athens in early July for an exciting week of public engagement with residents surrounding the future of Lycabettus Hill. In partnership with Interboro Partners and the City of Athens, Rebuild created various engagement tactics in order to solicit input from residents and stakeholders of various backgrounds on what they like, what they don’t like, and what they want to see in the future of the central public green space. These tools included:
- Interactive model and map to serve as a basis for discussing how users experience the park and what they’d like to see.
- Game to solicit input on the balance of nature, recreation, and built infrastructure on the site.
- Survey in digital and physical form to build a data set of user experience and desires from the perspective of local residents, tourists, and hoteliers.
In order to spark conversation with residents and utilize the engagement tools, a ‘street team’ made up of local university students was deployed in strategic areas throughout the City to gather a comprehensive basis of data from the residents. The Office of Resilience and Sustainability in Athens will continue these outreach activities throughout the summer, to ensure a more open and transparent planning process.