Donovan Neighbourhood, Sudbury


In our fourth Active Neighbourhoods project, we worked in collaboration with EarthCare Sudbury as part of a local team to examine active transportation and public spaces within Sudbury’s Donovan neighbourhood. The Donovan is a unique neighbourhood, one of Sudbury’s older neighbourhoods with a rich heritage of multiculturalism.

This project aimed to address the question: “What kind of streets and public space designs could be applied in the Donovan neighbourhood to encourage active transportation and demonstrate a model active and healthy community to the rest of Greater Sudbury?” To answer this, our project  engaged local residents and stakeholders regarding their day to day travel experience. We invited the expertise of urban design and planning professionals through a workshop in the fall of 2016 with city staff, community members from the Donovan, and local architects, to develop urban design and programming ideas for the Donovan that are rooted in residents’ experiences of and desires for their community.


To see all these ideas, along with the community experiences and information that inspired them, check out our DONOVAN Active Neighbourhood Vision. The goal of this work and vision is to showcase how municipal professionals can work with communities and recognize their lived experience as a source of rich information about how to build safe, active and healthy communities together.

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