Strategic goal: Healthy community and resilient neighbourhoods

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In this series of six posts I introduce you to the 2019-2020 strategic plan’s goals and objectives , as well as highlight a few related outcomes we have and will be delivering.

Goal: Healthy community and resilient neighbourhoods

Investing in the capacity of people to work together to resolve challenges and maximize opportunities helps to build healthy, resilient neighbourhoods that collectively form our community. The city is committed to continuously creating and improving physical, cultural and social environments and to enhancing resources to foster collaboration, community pride, healthy neighbourhoods and a strong community.

Objectives

  1. Increase the amount of affordable housing in the city.

  2. Create and maintain safe, accessible and vibrant public spaces that promote opportunities for diverse use.

  3. Support the arts and culture community to enhance Waterloo’s quality of place.

Work to date

  • A group of neighbours who live on Bridgeport organized a sign campaign asking motorists using that road to slow down. Read more about that campaign and how the city can help you bring neighbours together for a common cause - traffic calming or something else altogether.

  • The first neighbourhood summit was held at the beginning of November to “share stories and ideas, and learn about the good things happening in neighbourhoods across Waterloo!” To stay up to date on what the neighbourhoods team is up to, you can sign up for their newsletter here.

  • The neighbourhoods team has supported various resident-led groups with mini-grants and/or staff time: the Eiwo Court BBQ, Croyden Street’s 25th street party and citizenship celebration, as well as the first annual cookie exchange and playdate at the Moses Springer park.

  • A shout out to the Vermont Park Neighbourhood Association who were early to neighbourhood organizing, even before the neighbourhood strategy was formalized!

What’s next?

  • Working with a ward 5 resident to organize a neighbourhood event in a lower-income area in the ward to increase a sense of inclusion and belonging among individuals who are often not heard and consequently disengaged with large systems, such as municipalities.

  • A request for a playground structure in Roselea Park is coming up in the 2020-2022 budget cycle and the Lincoln Heights Neighbourhood Group is leading efforts to upgrade this playground structure, should one be approved by council.

  • Some residents have expressed interest in exploring enhancements to the University Downs Park. Please get in touch if that’s something you’re interested in, too.

Jen Vasic