Citizens of Chapel Hill and Parks and Recreation staff members gathered at the Homestead Aquatic Center Tuesday for the third meet-and-greet of the new year.
Phil Fleischmann, the Parks and Recreation director who was appointed in May and began working in the position on June 10, said he holds these events to hear concerns directly from the residents of Chapel Hill and make himself visible to the public.
The event took place in the lobby of the community swimming pool. There were “wish trees” posted around the room, on which residents of Chapel Hill could write their concerns, wishes or thoughts on Post-it Notes to be read by the department.
Wes Tilghman, Chapel Hill's marketing and sponsorship coordinator, said the meet-and-greet was intentionally informal.
“We wanna have a grassroots opportunity for people to share some of their ideas or their best wishes, or maybe they share with us some different barriers that keep them from participating with us,” he said. “This particularly gives us an opportunity primarily to meet Phil, meet some of us and just kind of put faces with names.”