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Givens Park meeting postponed

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Wednesday’s severe wet weather caused a postponement of the community forum that had been scheduled at Givens Park, with the intent to let Parks and Recreation Department officials and other city leaders discuss the Art in Public Places program that normally governs murals and other art installations on city property. The event will now take place at 6 p.m. Monday. It was organized as a response to friction with community members over a memorial mural recently created in the park to honor the victim of a robbery and shooting there in April. That mural was created spontaneously and outside of the city’s standard public art process, causing some concern it would need to be removed. PARD staff and other city leaders have decided to leave the mural in place at least for the near future, with Monday’s event expected to deal with how long it will remain in place, and how it may be added to in the future.

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