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April 24, 2009
By Jane Tors
Reno City Councilwomen Jessica Sferrazza and Sharon Zadra typically walk on Mondays at noon and, along the way, they talk about how things are going. They found that being outdoors, in the fresh air, led to a more relaxed exchange and naturally contributed to new perspectives and ideas
One of those ideas was to invite citizens and constituents to join along.
On Monday, they will walk portions of the University campus, starting at the south end of the Quad at noon. Faculty, staff, students and University neighbors are invited to come along.
“There is something about being outdoors that lends to a more open discussion and broadens our thinking,” said Zadra. “The campus walk will be our second ‘Fresh Air, New Ideas’ walk with constituents. The first was around Virginia Lake and about 20 residents joined us. We enjoyed the experience and the input was valuable.”
“We really hope that students will join us,” said Zadra. “The decisions we make today are shaping the city of the future, and it is important that we understand their views about that future. We know that faculty and staff will have much to contribute as well.”
Reno City Councilwoman Jessica Sferrazza agrees.
"It's great to be able to get out of the office and get some fresh air," she said. "But these walks provide more than just exercise. With the budget challenges ahead and other issues before us, this opportunity is really helpful in allowing us to listen and respond to the citizens we serve."
Walking shoes are recommended for the hour-long walk. To get to the University’s Quad, enter campus on Center Street. Metered parking is available in the vicinity of the Quad. Staff with the information booth at that campus entrance can answer questions and provide directions to other parking options.
For more information on “Fresh Air, New Ideas” call Reno Direct at 334-INFO.