On June 22nd, 2014, during the annual community festival Neighbours Night Out, TCAT launched its first Active Neighbourhoods Canada (ANC) Project in the Toronto neighbourhoods of Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park. The successful project launch drew interest from Premier Kathleen Wynne and her office.
Photo Credit:Hannah Nogiec. Click to visit TCAT's photo album from the event.
The grassroots momentum towards revitalized public space in this neighbourhood is palpable and has received substantial recognition including the recent Jane Jacobs award bestowed on Sabina Ali of the Thorncliffe Women’s Committee, and the community's leadership in micro enterprise and place-making as demonstrated through their active involvement in the innovative Tower Renewal Project. “We’re excited to be working with such a vibrant and visionary group of citizens.” said Mikey Bennington, ANC project manager.
ANC brings participatory urban planning to facilitate dialogue about active transportation issues as well as solutions for local streets. Each ANC project takes action to reduce barriers to healthy weights and physical activity by addressing underlying issues in the design of urban spaces. Tools are provided to re-imagine streets and sidewalks, and to envision how communities can better share this public space between for all users.
TCAT's Mikey Bennington and Car Martin are leading the project team working closely with several community partners including The Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS) Initiative and its youth run Toronto Emerging Artivists program, The Flemingdon Health Centre, and the Thorncliffe Women's Committee, with program delivery support from Evergreen, Architecture for Humanity and TIFF's Special Delivery Program.