The Initiative Committee Successes to Date
The Downtown Safety and Services Initiative (“The Initiative”) was born out of the community and is comprised of several committees that were created based upon the needs and priorities identified by community stakeholders. Committees are chaired by community leaders in the City of Frederick’s nonprofit, human service, and business communities.
Over the last 18 months, each committee has made progress to address community concerns surrounding downtown safety, vibrancy, and human services. Each committee is working towards a list of recommendations. Check out highlights, successes as well as some parallel efforts with Community Stakeholders that have happened since the inception of the initiative:
- The Ambassador Program Committee is seeking to implement an Ambassador Program in Downtown Frederick that provides safety, hospitality and cleaning services above and beyond the efforts underway today. The program would be implemented by the Partnership and would be guided by metrics. Flexibility and strong partnerships with other organizations and entities will be critical to success. The program is anticipated to have an expanded staff recruitment goal and training will emphasized. Next steps will be to secure funding for Ambassador Program implementation.
- New railings were installed on the seating walls located at the intersection of Market Street and Carroll Creek Park, east side. The new railings match the existing railings on the South side of the creek, add symmetry to the design, and complement the two new wayfinding installations to beautify the space. The Ausherman Family Foundation funded the installation, and Bob Smith from Parks & Rec managed the construction and Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) approvals.
- In coordination with the Initiative, Downtown Frederick Partnership (the Partnership) gained Public Art Commission, Park & Recreation Commission and Historic Preservation Commission approval for two new public art and wayfinding installations in the raised planting beds on the west and east sides of Market Street at Carroll Creek Park. Known as Water Lilly Wave and Water Lily Swirl, these permanent new installations provide a sense of welcome and help guide park visitors.
- The committee released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to assess the City’s park and street lighting. Citelum, a municipal lighting design/build firm, submitted a proposal to the committee and City.
- The committee reviewed the current models of service delivery in the areas of homelessness, youth and behavioral health and made recommendations for implementing new services and expanding existing ones.
- In the meantime, the Day Center, operated by the Salvation Army and housed at the Frederick Rescue Mission, had to pause because of the pandemic but reopened at Grace United Church of Christ with limited capacity.
- Additional cameras installed in Carroll Creek Park between Market St. and Carroll St.
- Safety in the Parks Ordinance was passed by the City to decrease negative behavior in identified areas.
- Frederick Police Department is working with the Frederick State’s Attorney’s Office to develop strategies regarding offenders to deter inappropriate behavior.
- Launching of numerous joint agency pilot programs in partnership with Frederick County Health Department and Frederick Police Department including a peer recovery specialist ride along with police and LEAD Program – a diversion program potentially in lieu of arrest or prosecution, designed to better address issues of disorder, minor offenses, health-related issues and law violations by developing alternative responses.
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