Littleton kicked off its first Meet, Eat and Greet event with games, fun and ice cream.
The first of the once-a-month events, scheduled through September, was held at Sterne Park on May 13. Littleton’s fire and police departments were on hand, along with representatives of every city department and members of the City Council, to provide information to residents.
City Manager Michael Penny said the gatherings, besides being informative, give residents a chance to meet their neighbors and put a face on city government. The city provided hot dogs, ice-cream sandwiches and several activities for kids.
“This is an opportunity for the neighborhood to come out to the park and talk to their neighbors and City Council and staff,” Penny said. “It really is a community appreciation event, at the end of the day.”
Clare Donnelly, who lives near Sterne Park, said the event offered an opportunity to interact with city government without having to sit through a City Council meeting.
“This is a wonderful opportunity. You’re more inclined to speak your mind at this event, versus in a stuffy City Council meeting. A whole meeting would make me fall asleep,” Donnelly said.
Merhia Wiese, who also lives near the park, brought her kids to meet representatives of city government. Since her children are home-schooled, she thought it would be a great learning opportunity.
“I think they’d rather play with the balloons and eat ice cream,” Wiese said.
Wiese said events like Meet, Eat and Greet are why her family loves living in Littleton.
“This is such a great neighborhood. This is the start to all these great events in town,” Wiese said. “I love Littleton.”
Wiese’s daughter, 7-year-old Maggie, agreed with her mom’s assessment of their hometown.
“If we ever move, it will be into a home still in Littleton,” Maggie said. “I love it.”
Meet, Eat and Greet
Each event takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. For questions, call 303-795-3720.
• June 24: Steeplechase III Condominiums pool, 3046 W. Prentice Ave. Parking at Home Depot’s west lot.
• July 22:Harlow Park Pool, 5151 S. Lowell Blvd.
• Aug. 26: TrailMark Park, 8853 W. Trailmark Parkway
• Sept. 30: Littleton Center, 2255 W. Berry Ave.