Neighbourhood Projects 2010
Creating places where neighbours can comfortably gather and get to know each other is key to creating vibrant, welcoming and connected neighbourhoods.
In 2010, 15 Edmonton neighbourhoods took on the challenge to create events and activities designed to build and strengthen connections amongst the people living in their neighbourhoods.
Here's what those neighbourhoods did as part of the city's Great Neighbourhoods corporate wide initiative to improve the livability of the Edmonton's neighbourhoods and the lives of the people who live, work and visit them.
Their goal? To reach out and include the widest possible scope of people in their community to get involved in a community building project that would help bring their vision of their neighbourhood to life.
They've demonstrated that people are the answer to many of the challenges neighbourhoods are facing. Each event connects people and builds a foundation of future community building.
Project Name: Belmead Grows!
Goal: Develop a community garden that links the schools, community league and larger community. Kids and adults learned about where food comes from, how to grow vegetables.
Details: Belmead Community Garden Project
Neighbourhood: Beverly Towne
Project Name: Beverly Towne and area newsletter
Goal: To bring community closer together by informing residents of events & issues, highlighting assets, discussing issues, centralizing community and celebrating the positives.
Details: Beverly Towne and Area Newsletter
Neighbourhood: Bonnie Doon
Project Name: Bonnie Doon Community Festival
Goal: Building community pride by holding a community “Bonnie Fest” festival that is all inclusive (neighbours/organizations).
Details: Bonnie Fest
Project Name: “Clareview Rocks” held June 19, 2010 at Hermitage Park
Goal: To unite the people of Clareview through fun and engaging activities in a setting which encourages visiting, playing and celebrating our uniqueness while presenting a venue to help with finding information about what is going on in our own Neighbourhoods.
Details: Clareview Rocks
Project Name: Donnan Park
Goal: Through mutual respect and community engagement, preserve the natural feeling of Donnan Park and make it inviting. Creation of a site design concept for Donnan Park: that will show additions of elements that will meet the needs of the community and park users to help us reach our vision.
Details: Donnan Park Naturalization Committee
Neighbourhood: Empire Park
Project Name: Installation of outdoor exercise equipment trail/course
Goal: To have a park space where people can use healthy living as a way to connect to each other and engage in the community.
Details: Empire Park Community League
Neighbourhood: Fusion – North East is made up of the Neighbourhoods: Kilkenny, Londonderry, Steele Heights, McLeod
Project Name: Canada Day Community Festival -Fusion Northeast
Goal: To bring people and resources together to build relationships in the community. To encourage people to be a part of this team for future community programs and services.
Details: Fusion North Edmonton Project
Project Name: The Heart of Lymburn
Goal: Creating venues and events to support community members in the building of safe relationships and connections.
Details: Heart of Lymburn
Neighbourhood: Prince Charles
Project Name: Neighbour Engagement – Prince Charles
Goal: Develop relationships to address major issues identified and find out what the needs of individual residential/household may be.
Details: Prince Charles
Neighbourhood: Sifton Park
Project Name: Growing Community/Sifton Park Community Garden
Goal: Establish a community garden in Sifton Park to serve as a space where residents can meet each other and share a common interest. There is currently no shared space for the community to gather in this neighbourhood. The garden fulfilled that function. The garden provided education and skill development around gardening and nutrition for participants.
Details: Sifton Community Garden
Neighbourhood: Laurier Heights
Project Name: Laurier Heights
Goal: Create a year round multipurpose neighbourhood meeting place that appreciates the natural environment. To nurture community by engaging all ages and a variety of stakeholders in the beautification and repurposing of a vacant lot with an ecofriendly, walkable, sustainable community garden, bumping place.
Details: Laurier Heights
Project Name: Junction 118 Avenue Soup Kitchen and Open Stage
Goal: Partnering with other communities (Newton, Montrose and other organizations and agencies). Long-term goal is to bring on a new community every year and make the communities along the 118 Ave connected and change the image of 118 Ave. The event provides a venue to have people together, get to know each other and inspire more involvement towards our communities.
Project Name: Art in the Park – September 18 (EFCL Community Days)
Goal: Build and sustain relationships to celebrate diversity. Arts as a vehicle to explore, celebrate “these are the people in our neighborhood”.
Details: Riverbend Community League
Project Name: Your Sherbrooke Village Initiative
Goal: Leverage our existing assets; (small family homes, children playing in the park or skating at the rink, friendly neighbours willing to share a cup of sugar to finish a pie or lend a hand to move a piece of furniture) with strong community involvement to reach mutual goals as we move forward; mitigate criminal activity, use great new spaces in a place we can all feel proud to call home at the same time, building a great relationship with the City and becoming THE model community for Edmonton.
Details: Your Sherbrooke Village
Neighbourhood: Twin Brooks
Project Name: Walking Group
Goal: To foster greater connections between age groups, cultural/ethnic groups; to develop a healthier lifestyle; to engage residents especially kids in knowing the riches of Twin Brooks – the natural beauty of the walking trails, the ravines, the parks, and the MacTaggart Sanctuary. To develop a sense of pride, fun, and enjoyment. A Twin Brooks Walking Map has been created.
Details: Twin Brooks Across Generations