While walking along sidewalks downtown Milton or visiting the shops along Stewart Street a person can feel a sense of belonging because of a 'sense of place.'
Planning Director Jenny Cook said a 'sense of place' is not solely a geographic place, it's an identity, a feeling, an experience. It's how a person perceives a location juxtaposed by their memories and interaction in that community.
Cook said it's important a community can invoke positive emotions with residents or visitors. By definition, it's a collection of feelings tied to a memory or a location.
It's captured when visiting an area or an event and experiencing a happy moment with friends and family. "You're establishing a relationship with the city," said Cook.
Over the years, the city of Milton endeavored to create a sense of place, creating Riverwalk Park, the beautification project with improving aesthetics, landscaping, providing a common area, Jernigan's Landing and the new Main Street Milton facade improvement plan. These projects encourage people to stop and explore. According to Main Street Milton's statistics, crowds at Bands on the Blackwater have increased exponentially within the last two years.
The city wants both visitors and locals to have a sense of community, a sense of knowing, said Cook. "It's vital to the quality of life within the city," she said.