You’re Invited to the GovPorch

Government Center plaza spaces gets a makeover this spring

You’re cordially invited to the GovPorch. Welcome!

The front lawn of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (CMGC) will blossom this spring when it receives a special makeover, as a place where people can enjoy themselves –and local government.

Opening Day is right around the corner — April 7 at 8:45 a.m.!

“Many people interact with government when they need something or are required to do something, like get a permit, pay a bill, or go to court,” said Sarah Hazel, a city employee who first dreamed up the idea that became GovPorch.

But Sarah’s idea connects Charlotte residents with local government for a different experience — “a place for people to exercise their active minds, bodies and souls.” The idea for GovPorch turned into a reality when colleague and urban designer Monica Holmes submitted the concept for a national grant program, KaBOOM!

GovPorch reimagines CMGC Plaza as an outdoor playground where children, their families and people of all ages want to relax and have fun.

Rendering of the GovPorch space — CMGC Plaza

To create this new space, a team of city staff will start installing furniture and providing activities like colorful seating, ping pong tables and board games to make the CMGC Plaza a much more inviting space.

Regular visitors to the CMGC look forward to what GovPorch will add to the city’s “government district.”

Michelle Podezewa, with HDR, Inc. frequently meets with city engineers. Most of these meetings are held in conference rooms throughout the CMGC building. She hopes that will change with GovPorch.

“I love it, there really isn’t anywhere outside to sit and collaborate.” Podezewa said. “It gives people who work Uptown a chance to mix professional and personal. I could see this achieving a lot of integration and blending between the ‘government district’ and the ‘banking district.’

You’ll notice the changes sooner than later. Come on over to the GovPorch. Our hope is you’ll stay and play.

“We want to add a moment of joy, rest, and discovery to the experience and create a lively and level playing field, where government workers, and the people we serve are all invited to interact or simply relax with each other on the GovPorch.” — Monica Holmes, urban designer for Team #GovPorch