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​​​​​​​​Who are we?​

City Council established the Council of the Commons by Resolution R-20-397. The Council of the Commons is an advisory body to City Council that will build upon the work of the Center of the City Task Force and provide recommendations for the public spaces on the Center of the City block.​​

If groups are interested in holding events at the Center of the City locations, please contact the Parks Department at [email protected] for events at Liberty Plaza or apply for a special event permit for events at the Library Lane Lot. To apply for a special event permit, please visit the special​ events page. 

The Council of the Commons typically meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. This year's schedule is:​

  • January 5, 2023 - Cancelled
  • February 2, 2023​
  • March 2, 2023
  • April 6, 2023
  • May 4, 2023
  • June 1, 2023
  • July 6, 2023
  • August 3, 2023
  • September 7, 2023
  • October 5, 2023
  • November 2, 2023
  • December 7, 2023

*This Zoom link can be used for all of the reoccurring​ meetings listed above. Passcode: 643893

Or iPhone one-tap: US: +12133388477,,93315859113#  or +12063379723,,93315859113#

Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 213 338 8477  or +1 206 337 9723  or 888 788 0099 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5247 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 933 1585 9113

International numbers available​

Commission members

​Erica Briggs 
Stephen Borgsdorf
Jennifer Cornell 
Milton Dohoney
Alan Haber 
Sara Hammerschmidt 
Geoffrey Henny 
Rita Mitchell 
Alice Ralph 
Frank Wilhelme 
Adam Zemke 

​​​​​Special meetings

Dec. 21, 2022 special meeting video via YouTube

July 7, 2021 special ​meeting video via You​Tube

Background and meeting materials

To provide written comments to the Council of the Commons, please ​email: [email protected]


Staff Liaison:
Christopher Cespedes
Management Assistant