Workshop attendees examine vote on their favorite photo from the “For the Love of Kenmore” photography contest. Kailan Manandic/staff photo

Workshop attendees examine vote on their favorite photo from the “For the Love of Kenmore” photography contest. Kailan Manandic/staff photo

Kenmore locals brainstorm ideas ‘For the Love of Kenmore’

The city hosted an interactive community workshop to celebrate local ideas and make some a reality.

The city of Kenmore hosted the latest “For the Love of Kenmore” interactive community workshop on April 29 in an effort to take locals’ ideas and potentially make them a reality.

Previous events have created numerous projects from community ideas, including the mural along 73rd Avenue Northeast, painted fire hydrants, Kenmore Air Seaplane Fly-In and block parties. The workshop was inspired by community engagement expert Peter Kageyama and created an opportunity for Kenmore residents to discuss active ways to spread a love of Kenmore throughout the city.

“I was inspired by the excitement and enthusiasm everyone brought to the workshop. It became even more clear to me that Kenmore is full of wonderful co-creators who love their city and take action to show it,” Kenmore Mayor David Baker said.

City workers wearing colorful leis led locals through several activities meant to spark ideas they have for the city. Additionally, the workshop provided sandwiches and refreshments along with activities for children who attended the event.

“The purpose of the night [was] two fold. We firstly want to celebrate you, [Kenmore residents] and thank you for being what we call co-creators,” Kenmore city manager Rob Karlinsey said. “The second purpose is we want to talk about what co-creators do, give you some more ideas, encourage you and let you know that we got your back. The city of Kenmore loves and supports co-creators.”

Workshop attendees examine vote on their favorite photo from the “For the Love of Kenmore” photography contest. Kailan Manandic/staff photo

Workshop attendees examine vote on their favorite photo from the “For the Love of Kenmore” photography contest. Kailan Manandic/staff photo

Rob Karlinsey hosts the “For the Love of Kenmore” workshop, wearing a colorful lei along with other city staff members who volunteered their time to hear locals’ ideas. Kailan Manandic/staff photo

Rob Karlinsey hosts the “For the Love of Kenmore” workshop, wearing a colorful lei along with other city staff members who volunteered their time to hear locals’ ideas. Kailan Manandic/staff photo

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