admin by Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House | 22 Jun 2018
Topics:
Green Streets & Public Spaces,Social Inclusion

Build and animate this #EastVan parklet – an accessible front porch for our whole neighbourhood!

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Kids like Bronte & Izak need a safe outdoor space to play! We've created a parklet outside our house to help them learn & grow together.

Kids like Bronte & Izak need a safe outdoor space to play! We've created a parklet outside our house to help them learn & grow together.

This summer, scores of volunteers helped us build a parklet outside Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House - situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. On the corner of Prince Albert Street and 800 East Broadway, we're creating a space for neighbours and friends to gather, meet, chat, and relax!

Here are a few of the finishing touches and ongoing projects that need your help:

  • Purchasing indigenous plants to help the space thrive year-round
  • Purchasing games like giant checkers for people of all ages to play together
  • Keeping a steady supply of chalk and brushes available for budding artists
  • Crafting custom armrests to help seniors sit and stand comfortably
  • Hosting events that promote social inclusion in our neighbourhood!

We welcome donations of any amount to support our project! We offer tax receipts for donations of $25 or more.

This parklet is a new public space that sits on the street, transforming two parking spots into a permanent outdoor space where people can spend time enjoying the outdoors. We need financial support from our community to bring the space to life, and our Nada Grocery neighbours inspired us with their Wayblaze campaign!

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House supports people in the community, from 40 countries and many First Nations, and all generations. As a registered charity, we provide a place to call home for everyone from newcomers, immigrants and refugees to longtime neighbours—from infants to seniors. Our affordable programs and services help 7,400 participants make the most of life in East Vancouver every year.

We believe in building better neighbourhoods and strengthening our community through placemaking. This new outdoor space is accessible and welcoming for people from all walks of life, featuring wood reclaimed from a former high rise building in the neighbourhood. Now that we’ve build this space after three years of collaboration, we need backers to help us animate the space as a front porch for the whole neighbourhood!

This public parklet is a canvas for social inclusion, where we envision:

  • budding artists expressing themselves with our community chalkboard
  • folks dropping by with snacks and food purchased from local businesses, to share a meal with neighbours
  • growing Indigenous plants for learning, making tea and medicine, and gifting through Aboriginal gatherings and projects led by cultural facilitators in the community
  • neighbours stopping to chat and enjoy the outdoors with each other
  • parents playing with their children after daycare pick-up
  • preschool children caring for and learning about the plants in the garden in front of the parklet
  • seniors and youth gathering to play giant checkers, chess, and Mah Jong
  • intergenerational arts and crafts
  • outdoor music appreciation
  • …and things our neighbours have yet to imagine!

These are just a few of the creative ideas we are incorporating into the parklet design. Our goal is to enhance our neighbourhood and create a place to build community connections across generations and diverse interests.

We welcome donations of any amount to support our project! We offer tax receipts for donations of $25 or more.  You can choose one of the rewards or simply select the "Back this Project Now" button to donate an amount of your choice. 

Learn more about the project at: www.mpnh.org/parklet

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