City officials, residents mingle at meeting series

Free pizza, ice cream set tone at Littleton’s summer park parties

Posted 5/21/19

For many people in Littleton, the only time they speak to city councilmembers is from behind a microphone in council chambers. The atmosphere changes, however, when there’s pizza and ice cream …

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City officials, residents mingle at meeting series

Free pizza, ice cream set tone at Littleton’s summer park parties

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For many people in Littleton, the only time they speak to city councilmembers is from behind a microphone in council chambers.

The atmosphere changes, however, when there’s pizza and ice cream involved.

Councilmembers joined a slew of city staff to throw their first Meet Greet & Eat event in Promise Park in north Littleton on May 15, getting out from behind the dais to shoot the breeze with constituents.

“It’s a way for us to meet people where they’re at,” said Councilmember Jerry Valdes. “This way we’re not just expecting people to come down to city hall to talk to us.”

The Meet Greet & Eat typically holds four events at four different parks each summer, said city spokesperson Kelli Narde, each featuring free food, games, giveaways, and usually a bounce house for kids.

Last year’s events also featured informational booths about two major city projects that are now concluded: building support for a merger of Littleton’s now-defunct fire department with South Metro Fire Rescue, and seeking public responses to the initial visioning process for Envision Littleton, a long-term effort to update the city’s comprehensive plan.

Though special projects manager Kathleen Osher was on hand to discuss Envision Littleton’s next phases, which still seek public input, most city staff at the event were more geared toward spreading awareness of their offerings.

Some residents are die-hard attendees of the events.

“I’m pretty sure I’ve come to every one of these since they started holding them,” said Jose Trujillo, who used to own Jose’s Mexican restaurant in downtown Littleton. “It’s a great excuse to get outside and hang out with your neighbors, and it helps you get to know who does what at the city. Free pizza is a pretty good deal, too.”

Three more Meet Greet & Eats are scheduled this summer:

• June 26, Writers Vista Park, 1900 W. Mineral Ave.

• July 17, Puma Park, 8000 S. Corona Way

• Aug. 21, Berry Park, 3400 W. Berry Ave.

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