City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. has challenged his staff and the community to make 2017 the biggest year on the Common yet. Earlier this year, the City of Worcester launched #Worcester100, a campaign to bring 100 events to the area of the Common in 2017.
Plenty of events are already planned, including the popular Out to Lunch Concert Series, a weekly farmers' market, yoga on the Common and the Let's Dance series, which offers a one-hour dancing lesson followed by social dancing to let attendees try out their new moves. More events are being added every week! For a full listing of upcoming events, visit WorcesterCommonOval.com.
Over the past five years, more than $10 million has been invested into the Common - including the new Worcester Common Oval skating rink and fully restored war memorials - and surrounding streets and sidewalks. The Worcester Police Department has added foot beat officers to ensure downtown is a fun, welcoming atmosphere for all.
City Hall staffers are working hard to create more fun, lively events that will bring people downtown, and they are also looking to the public for inspiration. A crowdsourcing page has been set up on the City's website to gather ideas from the public for more community events. Event organizers interested in hosting their event on the Common should call the City Manager's Office at (508) 799-1175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout the year, visitors to Common events are encouraged to post their photos with the hashtag #Worcester100. The best photos will be featured on the City's social media platforms.