Recover: Edmonton’s Urban Wellness Plan (Recover, Urban Wellness Plan) will work to strengthen the social, physical and economic conditions of neighbourhoods, its businesses and individuals in all areas of the city.
The Urban Wellness Plan is a collaborative effort between 3 orders of government, community-serving organizations and businesses. Its goal is to increase health, wellness, safety, security, economic prosperity and social well-being. To achieve this, the plan will look at a range of issues related to safety, cleanliness and social disorder while harnessing the strengths and good work already underway.
The following 5 downtown core neighbourhoods are the first geographic area for Recover: Boyle Street, Central McDougall, Downtown, McCauley and Queen Mary Park. Work will move to other parts of the city starting mid June 2018.
Choosing a Different Approach
When exploring how to go about building an urban wellness plan that highlights all the pieces of work and their impacts on each other (social, physical and economic), it was clear that the process must be able to handle various degrees of complexity.
Following a social innovation approach, and using systems thinking (mapping and design) to create and test possible solutions, takes strong collaboration, trust, and a willingness to suspend individual agendas to move forward as a collective. There was a clear need for more coordinated efforts to address the real impacts of initiatives, both existing and emerging, in the downtown core communities of Edmonton.
The goal in undertaking Recover is to see improvements in urban wellness in Edmonton's neighbourhoods. It's not about adding more money to fix problems, but aligning work in different areas, reevaluating current work and using those resources to do more to improve urban wellness.
Community Wellness Services Plan
One phase in Recover has a focus on the very vulnerable population, many of whom live in the downtown core. The work in this phase is called Community Wellness Services Plan.