Strong Neighbourhoods success stories
The following neighbourhood groups are just some of the many that have taken their ideas from concept to fruition thanks to our Strong Neighbourhoods program. Whether working together on an enrichment project or community event, these residents have all contributed to improving the quality of life in their neighbourhoods.
Read their stories and get inspired to grab your neighbours and get started on your own neighbourhood enhancing idea. Apply for a neighbourhood enhancement grant or to receive block party planning support today!
The neighbourhood grant benefitted the following projects in 2019. Find out how you can enhance your neighbourhood in 2020 with a neighbourhood grant!
The Kelowna South-Central Association of Neighbourhoods led a bike tour with neighbours, to identify heritage and 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. The neighbourhood grant helped one Kelowna neighbourhood transform 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’s 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
We helped these neighbourhoods in Kelowna plan some exciting events Kelowna in 2019. Find out how we can help plan your event in 2020 by visiting our Block party planning support page!
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 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 Neighbourhoods 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 second 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 1 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 in 2019. You can get involved by applying for 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 surround the school’s exterior. Students volunteer their time after school hours in the Spring and Fall to weed and plant perennial and annual flowers.
The team behind Humans of Glenmore came up with their idea from the popular photoblog “Humans of New York.” The students interviewed neighbours in the Glenmore neighbourhood and posted their stories and pictures on their Humans of Glenmore social media page. To kick off the initiative, the youth held a neighbourhood event to increase awareness of Humans of Glenmore and bring their community closer together.