ABOUT THE PROJECT

The results are in! You spoke, we listened. As a result of engagement with your community, you helped us build a vision for Thorncliffe/Greenview:

THORNCLIFFE/GREENVIEW VALUES SAFETY, HAVING ACTIVITIES FOR ALL, BEING CLEAN AND HAVING
A STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY FOR THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD.


Initiatives have been developed from ideas that we heard from community participants and the City staff they worked with. These ideas were developed to fit with the neighbourhood vision created by you and your neighbours. Some of those ideas are already getting started and are shown on the Initiatives in Progress list below.

Now, we want your help to prioritize the remaining 12 initiatives in the Provide your Input section below.


PROJECT BACKGROUND

The City created This is my neighbourhood to fully engage with community residents to create clear, compelling community visions that will help guide the delivery of City programs, services and small-scale infrastructure improvements within participating neighbourhoods. This is my neighbourhood gives residents a voice and encourages them to take an active role in shaping the future of their neighbourhood.

This is my neighbourhood began in 2015 with a group of 14 inaugural communities. As part of the This is my neighbourhood program, The City partnered with the first group of neighbourhoods to deliver more than 100 programs, services and small-scale improvement projects that residents requested. Overall, This is my neighbourhood will take place in 28 neighbourhoods over four years from 2015 to 2018.


INITIATIVE IN PROGRESS

This park is something that residents mentioned to us, and work is already planned.

Laycock Park Upgrades. The following upgrades are to be completed:

  • landscaping and horticultural improvements,
  • replacement of basketball court,
  • playground lifecycle replacement,
  • pathway lifecycle replacement and upgrades.

Parks is working with Transportation Planning, Water Resources and Public Art to include a pedestrian bridge and vanishing pond portions of the project as well. For project updates see the park information page.

PROVIDE YOUR INPUT

Below you will see the 12 initiatives for Thorncliffe/Greenview. Each initiative has one question (a) to help us understand what you feel the impact of each initiative would be on the community. Then there are questions (b, c) about the same initiative asking about the details that City staff need to know if that initiative goes forward.


1. Notice Boards

Create connection and communication between different parts of the community by installing multiple temporary notice boards. This allows residents to communicate and connect with each other. It increases social resiliency, as well as investment and ownership in the community. Dependent on feasibility study and timelines.

Projected cost: $2,000-$5,000


1b) Tell us which location for a community notice board would have the most impact for the neighbourhood.

We would need community support to make this experiment happen. If this initiative goes forward we would need four community volunteers. If you would be interested in volunteering to help, be sure to answer the Volunteering question below (14) and make sure you've signed up for email updates!


2. Basketball court in Greenview

Greenview youth have expressed a need for a gathering space and have been working towards installing a community basketball hoop at a potential site at 4th Street N.E across from Grier Avenue. This would assist young people to form new friendships and participate in activities. Dependent on feasibility study and timelines.

Projected cost: $35,000


3. Art on utility boxes, garbage cans and transit shelters

Public art contributes to the beautification of the neighbourhood. Residents enjoy their public spaces more, and feel a greater sense of community pride and connection when they view the artwork they influenced. An artist would work with residents to make art that would help to connect and beautify Thorncliffe and Greenview using mapping and art on items like utility boxes, garbage cans and at bus stops.

Projected cost: $10,000-$15,000

4. Fire hydrant spray park

Open fire hydrants for kids to play at a temporary splash park. This allows neighborhood children an opportunity to connect, play, enjoy and deepen friendships while adding vibrancy to local neighbourhood life.


5. TLC (Tender Loving Care) Area

City staff and community volunteers will focus on an area around the Greenview playground to provide Tender Loving Care (TLC) to the area. This can include garbage clean up, painting, graffiti removal, minor infrastructure repairs, grounds keeping and more. The cleanup and beautification of this space would enhance the area and increase community pride. Location: 304 Goddard Avenue N.W.


6. Outdoor Fitness Park Programming

Organized fitness classes at the outdoor fit park on Edmonton Trail next to RONA. Increased recreational programming in the neighbourhood provides social opportunities for residents to connect with neighbours and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Projected cost: $1,000-$3,000


7. Frisbee Golf course enhancements

Add maps, signage and instructions to make the existing Frisbee golf behind the community association more user-friendly. This will improve the recreational programming in the neighbourhood, provide social opportunities for residents to connect with neighbours and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Dependent on feasibility study and timelines.

Projected cost: $1,000-$3,000


8. Safety information sessions

Residents told us that safety was of primary importance to them. Safety sessions on various topics would be open to all residents to help educate on how to stay safe. Topics might include personal safety, bike safety, fall prevention, fraud prevention.


8b) If this initiative were to go forward, what would be your top two preferred options for safety information session topics?

9. Paint the Pavement

The creation of art and place-making brings people together, promotes a sense of community, builds connections and strengthens relationships. Adding visual interest to a street reminds motorists that they have entered a vibrant and active community and encourages them to drive with appropriate attention and care.

Projected cost: $3,000-$5,000


10. Planter boxes

Planter boxes with flowers at community entrances to contribute to beautification and neighbourhood pride.

Projected cost: $1,000


10b) The following are locations where planter boxes are possible to install. Tell us which location you think would have the best impact for the neighbourhood.

11. Neighbourhood Photo Contest

A photo contest where residents take photos of Thorncliffe and Greenview and share electronically.


11b) If this initiative were to go forward, what would be your top two preferred options for a photo contest theme?

We would need community support to make this experiment happen. If this initiative goes forward we would need community volunteers. If you would be interested in volunteering to help, be sure to answer the Volunteering question below (14) and make sure you've signed up for email updates!


12. Citizens activating public spaces

You or your neighbours probably have many other great ideas of how to activate the public spaces in Thorncliffe/Greenview but might need a little help getting started. Resident-led initiatives can build connections in local neighbourhoods and encourage a sense of ownership within the community. This initative would provide support to citizens who have their own ideas for projects in public spaces. People with ideas would get support in their submissions to ActivateYYC and other community grant programs that can kick-start their idea.


We would need community support to make this experiment happen. If this initiative goes forward we would need community volunteers. If you would be interested in volunteering to help, be sure to answer the Volunteering question below (14) and make sure you've signed up for email updates!


14. Volunteering

If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities for the initiatives noted above. Please choose those initiatives you would be interested in (check all that apply). Then be sure to click the link below to sign up for the email updates. Watch for emails that ask for volunteer support.

Provide your email address here for project updates and to be notified of future volunteering opportunities.


PAST ENGAGEMENT

Vision Statement

From July 28 to August 8 we asked for your preference on the vision statements. See below for results.


Pick the vision statement you think is best for Thorncliffe/Greenview.

The survey has concluded.

Thorncliffe/Greenview values being safe, active, clean and community-focused for their neighbourhood.
19% (3 votes)
Thorncliffe/Greenview values safety, having activities for all, being clean and having a strong sense of community for their neighbourhood.
63% (10 votes)
Thorncliffe/Greenview values safety, having accessible activities for all, being clean and well maintained and having a strong sense of community for their neighbourhood.
19% (3 votes)
Total Votes: 16

Vision Words

Thanks to everyone who provided input into the neighbourhood vision words. All the ideas you provided can be found in the What We Heard Report.


NEXT STEPS

Residents can give their input until early December and then we'll put the results into a report and share it here by early January. The initiatives will begin implementation in 2018.

Stay tuned - we will need help from the community to make some of these initiatives happen.

For potential opportunities to help or for general email updates sign up here.