Colorado State University’s Center for Public Deliberation encourages members of the community who have not attended a public forum on the proposed new stadium to take advantage of four opportunities that remain as part of the initial public engagement effort.
The forums will take place on:
• Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Ballroom in the CSU Lory Student Center
• Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Ballroom in the CSU Lory Student Center
• Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. at the Drake Park Restaurant, 802 West Drake Road
• Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Drake Park Restaurant, 802 West Drake Road
“We want to make sure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to learn about and provide initial input on the proposed on-campus stadium project at CSU,” said Martín Carcasson, CPD director and associate professor of Communication Studies at CSU. “Whether you support, oppose or just have questions about the concept, I would encourage community members who haven’t already done so to attend one of the remaining forums so that we have a more complete picture of the issues and opportunities associated with the potential stadium project.”
In January, CSU President Tony Frank created a Stadium Advisory Committee, chaired by Vice President for University Operations Amy Parsons and Athletic Director Jack Graham, to conduct a thorough and inclusive public input process and prepare a report by the end of the semester on whether the university should pursue an on-campus stadium, as well as specifics about where it could be built and how it would be funded.
The committee has asked the CPD to independently gauge public sentiments through an initial series of 10 public forums and other engagement channels, including online outreach, independent research and input gathered from emails, letters and phone calls. The CPD will analyze the data and use it to compile a report that will be presented to the Stadium Advisory Committee at its March 29 meeting. It will also be made available to the public.
“There will be other public input opportunities going forward,” Carcasson said. “These initial public forums are very important, though, because they will give the committee a real-time picture of community sentiments and help shape the next steps with regard to public engagement.”
• RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Walk-ups will be seated only if space is available. Participants can RSVP or call the CSU Communication Studies department (which houses the CPD) at (970) 491-6140.
• Parking in all A lots and metered lots on CSU campus, including the lots just north of the Lory Student Center, is free starting at 4 p.m.
Information about the public engagement process will be posted on the CPD website at http://www.cpd.colostate.edu/ and the stadium website at http://www.colostate.edu/stadium/.