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Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that builds community and promotes economic prosperity. Bringing people together to realize possibilities and transform public places helping to shape Bradenton as a city where people want to contribute, live, work, and play. Working with our partners, investors, donors, and volunteers, we build a vibrant, healthy, engaging community using arts, culture, heritage, and food.

Creating Together Principles of Placemaking in Action
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Ask anyone about downtown Bradenton and they are likely to mention the Riverwalk. The 1.5-mile park along the Manatee Rive...
T  he current Riverwalk has something for everyone, because it was designed that way. Through an extensive public engageme...
Creating Together  Principles of Placemaking in Action Copyright    2019 Realize Bradenton, Inc. All rights reserved. ISBN...
T  he City of Bradenton contracted Kimley-Horn to develop a master plan that would guide the expansion of the Riverwalk ea...
Creating Together Toolkit  T  his toolkit walks through the    Creating Together    process and explains how Realize Brade...
11 Principles of Placemaking   1. The Community is the Expert   2.  Create a Place, Not a Design   3. Look for Partners   ...
1  The Community is the Expert  What we  know  Connection before content. Before idea generation could begin, our planning...
Results  Exceeding our expectations, 884 people took the survey. The planning team talked with more than 600 people at a c...
2  Create a Place, Not a Design  What we  know  According to    Soul of the Community   , young adults in Bradenton are le...
Results     Park for a Day    welcomed 120 residents and neighbors onto the future site of the Riverwalk East to connect, ...
3  Look for Partners  What we  know  Realize Bradenton believes that    working together works.    Partners were essential...
Results  The support of the City of Bradenton, Kimley-Horn, local history organizations, churches, wellness organizations,...
4  They Always Say It Can   t Be Done  What we  know  Once deemed impossible, Bradenton   s Riverwalk opened in 2012. For ...
Results  In addition to being a vibrant, beloved public space that attracts people from neighborhoods throughout the city,...
5  Have a Vision  What we  know  Starting in 1999, the City of Bradenton outlined a vision for Riverwalk as a world-class ...
Results  Previously, other projects in this neighborhood had generated skepticism and distrust. Bringing people together f...
6  You Can See a Lot Just by Observing  What we  know  Every day is an opportunity to learn. With a relatively short time ...
Results  One Kimley-Horn designer commented     Timespan from public input to design to construction is typically long and...
7  Form Supports Function  What we  know  The four Millennials leading teams at    Park for a Day    knew a lot about comm...
Results  From one Millennial     Teamwork makes the dream work. Having a co-leader from Kimley-Horn was a crucial aspect o...
8  Triangulate  What we  know  Food brings people together. The park areas created by Millennials and young designers need...
Results  Free ice cream helped us count attendance  120 people, exceeding our target   and keep participants engaged longe...
9  Start with Petunias Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper  What we  know  Not everyone attends meetings. This project illustrated t...
Results  The vacant lot was full of people and activity. Guests mentioned how different it felt to be in the future park s...
10 What we  Money Is Not the Issue  know  Realize Bradenton   s three strengths     place branding, civic engagement, and ...
Results  91  of participants surveyed said that participating in the Riverwalk East process was worth their time. A potent...
11  You Are Never Finished  What we  know  Like petunias, community engagement needs consistent watering and attention. Wi...
Results Stay tuned      Park for Day    event, April 2018  29
Thank You Creating Together Project Partners P RO J E C T P ARTNER S  30
Bradenton Riverwalk  31
Realizing Possibilities Weaving together the three strategies of placemaking, place branding, and civic engagement, Realiz...
Thank You Realize Bradenton Business Partners B U S INE S S INNO V ATOR S  feld-logo-B W-vector.pdf 1 8 20 2018 1 33 31 PM...
Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization in Bradenton, Florida, that builds community and promotes economic prosperit...