“Possible Dreams” Community Visioning Event

Every year Team Haverhill hosts Possible Dreams, an upbeat community conversation that celebrates Haverhill’s progress, elicits community aspirations, and fosters new connections.

Team Haverhill’s annual community visioning event reflects and discusses the continuing revitalization of our city. This community conversation provides an opportunity to meet new people, discover more that Haverhill has to offer and shape the future of our community by sharing and incubating new ideas.

Possible Dreams 2024, took place on Monday, March 11, 2024, 7:00 PM at the Hartleb Technology Center at Northern Essex Community College.  Read below for more details on this year’s event.

A brief summary of the Possible Dreams 2024 is available here: Possible Dreams 2024 Summary Report.

Once again, this year the community conversation focused on ideas submitted by Haverhill residents, and what steps we could take together to make them happen for the future Haverhill. This year’s ideas included:

Create Outdoor Space at Downtown Boxing                                Haverhill Boathouse
Pop Up Youth Entertainment                                                          Activating Alleyways 2.0
Whittier Land and Trails Revival                                                    Storm Drain Stencils
Skatepark Closer to Downtown                                                      Beyond Walls 2.0
Input on Open Space & Recreation Plan                                       Bike Pump Track
Late Bloom Farm- A community farm                                           Bark in the Park
Pop-Up Bookstore

Get engaged with shaping the future of our city and reach out to the project leaders that are listed in the Summary Report!

Ideas collected from the community became the subject of upbeat, lively conversations at Possible Dreams 2024.   You can still get involved – all you need to do is look for ways that you might be able to contribute… with a thought, suggestion, a connection or resource, or with your time in helping to plan or volunteering to help a project that you find interesting.

If you have any questions about the event, please email info@teamhaverhill.org or call 978-228-1060.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Possible Dreams 2024!

What is Possible Dreams?

Possible Dreams is an engaging, resident-driven visioning event, very unique to Haverhill.  Think lively brainstorming session – but with the whole city invited to participate.  This positive and powerful community-wide conversation is led by Team Haverhill’s Lisa Marzilli.  The evening consists of small group discussions focused on life in Haverhill and what is needed for our city to thrive in the future. Ideas from the small group discussions are then highlighted and shared with the room full of city residents in hopes of harnessing energy to realize impactful ‘dreams’.

What do you need to do?

It’s simple.  All you need to do is register and attend – registration open on February 12, 2024!  Further details will be provided once you have registered to attend.  If you have an idea you would like to present at this year’s event, please submit it today by clicking here!

You don’t need to bring anything other than a positive attitude!  Please invite a friend or two! This is a community conversation, but there is no pressure, no required public speaking and no push for you to participate beyond your comfort zone.

This community discussion is free and all are encouraged to attend.  Further details will be provided once you have registered to attend.   Doors will open at 6:30PM, so please arrive on time, the event starts promptly at 7 pm.

For more information email info@teamhaverhill.org.

Also, don’t forget to sign-up for our monthly newsletter!

Past Events

To see what was discussed at Possible Dreams in previous years, please view: Possible Dreams 2021: Moving Forward Together – Summary Report,  Possible Dreams 2020 – Summary Report and the Possible Dreams 2020 – Full Report, the Possible Dreams 2019 Action/Idea groups – and Comments, the Possible Dreams 2018 focus group highlight videos: Positives of Living in HaverhillChallenges of Living in Haverhill, and Closing Messages and the Possible Dreams 2018 Action Steps.  You can also view our Possible Dreams 2017 Meeting NotesPossible Dreams 2016 Meeting Notes, Possible Dreams 2015 -Topic-Group-Reports, as well as our compilation of results from 2008-2014.  One important outcome from Possible Dreams 2014 was the first Haverhill Volunteer Expo. With initial leadership from the Haverhill YMCA, a consortium of four local nonprofits organized the September event, which featured volunteer opportunities with two dozen exhibiting organizations.

Several past Possible Dreams events led to major Team Haverhill initiatives: advocacy for single-stream curbside recycling, revitalization of the Haverhill Farmers Market, and the annual Team Haverhill’s River Ruckus festival.

Perhaps most important of all, the aspirations that are shared at Possible Dreams provide encouragement and guidance to all of Haverhill’s leaders, businesses, institutions, and volunteer groups, as we play our various roles in making Haverhill a strong, vibrant, and livable community.

Our year always starts with the Possible Dreams event. It’s a really upbeat, lively community conversation about the things we can accomplish as a city if we all work together.Alice Mann, President of Team Haverhill