Active Neighbourhoods Canada: a snapshot of two neighbourhoods

Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on in our two Active Neighbourhoods:

Toronto-Thorncliffe & Flemingdon

After a season packed with urban design engagement activities, we have retreated to the office to compile data and produce a diagnostic document called a ‘neighbourhood portrait’. The image below is an example of one of the experiential maps created with data collected by local community members. This visualized data will form the basis for a professional design workshop we will be holding later this winter to explore solutions for the neighbourhood with urban planning & design professionals. As a project spin-off, we are also working with our partner, the youth-led public arts group Toronto Emerging ARTivists (TEA), to help them produce a way-finding project in Flemingdon Park.


Peterborough-Downtown South

Our second active neighbourhood project is now gathering steam in Peterborough! Building on a local community garden project, it will help residents in the Stewart St. area neighbourhood imagine the future of their streets and public spaces starting with their experiences as the jumping off point. To do this, we will look at localized travel patterns and feelings about public space through surveys, walks and other activities out in the community. We’ll get the conversation started and launch the project with the help of a scale model of the neighbourhood on Saturday January 24th at a community fundraiser hosted by All-Saints church and our project partner, the Stewart Street and Area Community Association. We are collaborating with an excellent group of partners in addition to the Community Association including representatives from the City of Peterborough; GreenUP; B!KE – Peterborough’s Community Cycling Hub as well as Trent University and the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education. The capacity of the project has grown through recent additional Trillium funds and the support of a graduate student.

Posted On: January 15, 2015