The Neighbourhoods Branch works directly with citizens in the neighbourhoods in which they live to promote a culture of civic engagement, build great neighbourhoods, enhance family and community capacity, coordinate service delivery, operate and maintain parks, enhance the urban forest, and invest in revitalization initiatives.
Neighbourhoods Strategy and Supports
The Neighbourhoods Strategy and Supports program (formerly Great Neighbourhoods) is responsible for managing the City's Neighbourhood Revitalization Program, EFCL Liaison, Walk Edmonton, as well as developing strategies to manage the Urban Forest, City-wide Beautification and Greening Initiatives, and Branch Environmental and Training Programs. It is also responsible for developing branch level strategies and plans related to emerging issues, and building capacity to develop 'next practices' as well as best practices.
Family and Community Supports
Family and Community Supports works collaboratively with key community partners to develop and deliver preventive social services that build individual, family and community capacity. It aims to build caring, inclusive and safe communities where people are connected to the resources they need to thrive and realize their potential. This is accomplished through Assessment and Short Term Counselling, Community Building Social Work, Family Violence Prevention and Intervention, community safety initiatives (eg. Neighbourhood Empowerment Teams ) and project and policy development.
Neighbourhoods and Parks (NW, NE, SW & SE)
This program ensures functional, safe, clean public spaces and parks throughout the city. It builds community through partner organization development and community based recreation programs. It maintains high citizen satisfaction with parks, green spaces and tree maintenance, as well as community recreation within neighbourhoods. Maintaining parks and open spaces keeps the city attractive and active, improving Edmonton’s image and reputation. The program uses technology and best practices to enhance the quality of green spaces while respecting the environment. Staff provides recreation opportunities at the neighbourhood level by supporting community-run programs and provides core programs such as Green Shack.