City is asking for public input on future direction

Join a Community Conversation

Jennifer Mevissen
Staff Writer

What do you love about living in Forest Lake? What is Forest Lake missing? What can Forest Lake do today to be vital in the future? What can bring economic growth to Forest Lake?

These are all questions that small groups will be asked to consider at a series of Community Conversations: A Focus on City Services.

The sessions will gather feedback from the public on how to best position the city of Forest Lake for a successful future.

City Administrator Aaron Parrish said they’re eager for citizen participation with the larger idea to create a continuous method for civic engagement, where talk turns into action and democracy is re-imagined.

“We’re looking to establish a three-year strategic plan,” he said.

Parrish noted the council will benefit by having both the results from a 2011 citizen survey conducted in December and input from the community conversations. The feedback will help to guide the city’s actions, he said.

The first three sessions are for residents with the final one being for Forest Lake business owners.

Session times and locations include:

•Monday, Feb. 6, 7-8:30 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9300 Scandia Trail N.

•Wednesday, Feb. 8. 7-8:30 p.m., FLAAA Sports Center, 5530 206th St. N.

•Thursday, Feb. 9, 7-8:30 p.m., media center, Forest Lake Elementary School, 204 SW 4th St.

•Friday, Feb. 17, 7-8:30 a.m., FLAAA Sports Center.

The schedule for the series will include a welcome from Mayor Chris Johnson, an update on the city from Parrish, and then attendees will break into smaller groups for discussion about the four essential questions being asked.

Additional information can be found online at or by calling 651-209-9727.