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 returned to reflect and discuss 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 2021: Moving Forward Together, our first virtual event, took place on Monday, March 8, 7:00 PM via Zoom. Please read below for more details on this year’s event!
While “possible dream” ideas normally come to light during a first round of small-table conversations, this year we reached out to the community to share and submit their ideas in advance of the event. The submitted ideas are below. The community conversation at the virtual event focused on these ideas , and how we could move forward together to make them happen for Haverhill.
Please take a look at the ideas below from Possible Dreams 2021! Even if you missed the event – you can still get in on helping to move these ideas forward. You can learn more about the event, read notes on the discussions from each group, and learn how to reach out to get involved in the Possible Dreams 2021 Summary Report.
No idea is too big or too small to spark a discussion, gain momentum or become a reality! Even if none of the ideas are a specific passion of yours, we hope that you can find areas where you can possibly contribute through discussion, suggestions of collaboration, questions and ideas of your own. A few examples of ideas that gained momentum at past Possible Dreams events include: Clement Farm Disc Golf Course, Revitalizing the Haverhill Farmers Market, Haverhill Restaurant Week, River Ruckus Festival, Cleaner & Greener Downtown Haverhill… and many more.
The ideas that were submitted and presented at Possible Dreams 2021 include:
Curbside Composting – Reduce landfill and environmental impact by offering curbside compost pickup for residents
Haverhill Art Walk – Monthly event with artists and businesses collaborating to activate Haverhill’s downtown
Fountain for Gale Park – Replace Gale Park Fountain with classic and easy to maintain fountain
Haverhill Drive-In Theater – Temporary or permanent – use open space not in use
Veterans Video Archive – Record and collect interviews with Haverhill veterans to preserve their stories
Logan Airport Park & Fly – Develop Haverhill’s own airport park and fly bus service
Take a Plant Leave a Plant – Create plant sharing structure so residents can share plants and promote gardening
Sculptures on New Rail Trail Extension – Install public art sculptures on new phase of Bradford Rail Trail
Destination Downtown – Regularly scheduled food, craft beverage & entertainment events downtown
Neighborhood Clean Green Teams – Organize localized clean-up and greening teams for all Haverhill neighborhoods
These ideas were listed on the registration page. Registrants could select as many as they wished. Participants were included in a breakout room on one specific topic during the event. Notes, follow-up details and updates on all of the additional idea discussion groups registrants did not attend during the event can be found in the Possible Dreams 2021 Summary report by clicking here.
Thank you to everyone that participated in Possible Dreams 2021: Moving Forward Together!
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!
If you are unfamiliar with the video-conferencing platform Zoom, it’s free and you can learn more about it 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. Registration is open. A Zoom link to the event will be emailed to you after registering. Please arrive for this virtual event on time, the event starts promptly at 7 pm.
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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 Haverhill, Challenges of Living in Haverhill, and Closing Messages and the Possible Dreams 2018 Action Steps. You can also view our Possible Dreams 2017 Meeting Notes, Possible 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