Neighbourhoods in action
These neighbourhood groups are just some of the many that have taken their ideas from concept to fruition. Whether working together on an enrichment project or community event, these residents have all contributed to improving the quality of life in their neighbourhoods.
The Kelowna South-Central Association of Neighbourhoods (KSAN) led a bike tour, with neighbours, to identify heritage & significant trees in the neighbourhood. Neighbours then worked together to design and print signs to identify the heritage trees and increase awareness about the majestic trees.
Residents in the Rutland neighbourhoods worked with Studio9 to paint a 3D image of pastel chalk on the sidewalk. The project added colour and life to a regular looking sidewalk for everyone who walks by to enjoy.
A group of 50 Crawford Estates neighbours got together to repaint the outside of their local community sports arena. Painting day consisted of a large social gathering with food, drinks, music, bouncy castle, and lots of lawn games for the kids! Neighbours taped the outside arena boards with painter's tape into geometrical shapes and painted inside the tape with three different shades of green. The result was a beautiful work of art amongst nature and new friendships between neighbours.
The community of Quail Ridge took it upon themselves to reduce the burning hazards around their homes. A group of close to 100 neighbours raked up pine needles, pinecones, and leaves around their residences and surrounding area creating a safer neighbourhood.
Neighbours worked together to enhance their street by planting Okanagan native plants along the boulevard. Neighbours got to share and learn more about the benefits of planting native plants. The end result was a refurbished street filled with beautiful plants and a neighbourhood that feels closer with one another.
Back alleys can sometimes be unwelcoming. However, with help from the Neighbourhood Grant one Kelowna neighbourhood transformed their alleyway into a vibrant and welcoming place. Together, neighbours built garden beds to enhance their neighbourhood aesthetically and give people a sense of pride in their neighbourhood. This has had a lasting impact on the neighbourhood - creating more beauty in a place that is often seen as simply a back alley.
There were three free little libraries built in 2019. These libraries were hand built, painted and stocked by residents in Kelowna’s neighbourhoods. Each library was celebrated with a grand opening event which included a barbeque, fun music, good conversations and some group story time. Neighbours helped by donating books towards the project.
- Black Mountain Little Free Library
- Monashee Peaks Little Free Library
- Capstone Estates Free Little Library
Discover some of the exciting events Kelowna residents held in 2019. Find out how to host your own in 2020!
The Kettle Valley Neighbourhood Association hosted a movie in the park for all neighbours to enjoy. Families brought chairs and blankets to sit and cozy up while watching the movie. The event also had outdoor games, food vendors, and tables a face painting section for neighbours to enjoy. Overall, it was a great event that brought the Kettle Valley community closer together.
This block party was planned to help introduce new families to the neighbourhood. The neighbours gathered in their cul-de-sac and got to know one another through the neighbourhood bingo cards. The Strong Neighbourhood team helped make the introductions easier by providing name tags and games that involved multiple people.
The Saratoga Place Block Party continues to grow in this community each year. For this 2nd annual block party, over 50 neighbours got to socialize, enjoy activities, roll around in zorbs, eat great food, and play neighbourhood “eye spy”.
A Block Watch Captain organized a gathering with neighbours to have a positive event after a year of difficult “new building” challenges. The neighbours gathered at their outdoor common area to enjoy a delicious bbq and challenge one another in lawn games. Additionally, RCMP volunteers with the bike theft prevention program attended and were registering resident’s bikes through Project 529.
Friends and Residents of the Abbott Street Heritage Conservation Area Society (FRAHCAS) put together a barbeque for their neighbours. It was a great opportunity to increase awareness of the heritage conservation area and for neighbours to hear about other projects happening in their neighbourhood.
Residents in apartments off Richmond Road reached out to the Strong Neighbourhoods team to help organize their first neighbourhood event within their strata. The event was a huge success and many neighbours were able to meet and talk to one another for the first time.
A group of over 80 people gathered on July 1st to celebrate Canada Day together. Neighbours were able to enjoy live music and great food! Getting together as one group to celebrate a special event created a larger sense of community; residents had an opportunity to meet new neighbours and build relationships.
Check out some of the ways Kelowna youth got involved in their neighbourhoods. You can get involved too with a Youth Development & Engagement Grant!
Students at Rutland Senior Secondary lead a waste reduction initiative called Operation Take Two. Students worked with various community partners to transform a shipping container into a recycling enterprise. The initiative aims to reduce waste and educate the community on the importance of recycling. Students have hosted several open house events to demonstrate how plastic can be recycled into treasures such as planters, jewelry, coasters and other unique products.
A team of Rutland Senior Secondary students got together to revitalize their pre-existing garden beds that surrounds the school’s exterior. Students volunteer their time after school hours in spring and fall to weed and plant perennial and annual flowers.
The team behind Humans of Glenmore came up with their idea from on the popular page “Humans of New York”. The students interview neighbours in the Glenmore neighbourhood and post their stories and pictures on their Humans of Glenmore Instagram page. To kick off the initiative, the youth held a neighbourhood event to increase awareness of Humans of Glenmore and bringing their community closer together.