Did you miss the May 30 Public Space event at the Civic Theatre and on Zoom? No problem!

It was just the first part of our ongoing community exploration of public space and what it means to us—and there are still ways to learn more, get involved, and have your voice heard.

Here are links to the thoughtful and inspiring video segments shown on May 30 at the Civic Theatre and online via Zoom:

Whole Video – all three parts (60’04”)  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1580wu033E1rllp9fgeFM0Nzn783-YIte/view?usp=sharing

Part I   What is Public Space?  (19’30”)  https://drive.google.com/file/d/14p2LupSQdJ2eLbQpWDzjY3qlzECC7kYU/view?usp=sharing

Part II   Streets and Sidewalks. (19’02”)  https://drive.google.com/file/d/14p6WgAIEcSYWeRmthdsGZt-47rhrhnsJ/view?usp=sharing

Part III   Placemaking. (22’07”)  https://drive.google.com/file/d/14wWQrAXnqoH5ThG8C1szJYtOcEYNqsrg/view?usp=sharing

‘PARK BENCH’ NEIGHBOURHOOD CONVERSATIONS     The next phase of the community involvement around public space is for us to engage in small neighbourhood discussions.

We’re calling them ‘Park Bench’ Conversations, as we encourage people to hold them outside, either in a public space or in a backyard or on a deck. Please consider helping to organize or host one of these gatherings with 6-8 of your neighbours, friends or family—or at your workplace or place of worship.

The conversations are built around four questions we are asking everyone to reflect upon and answer. They address what works and what doesn’t currently in Nelson and area; what equitable access to public space means; our personal vision or dreams around public space; and what the various ‘actors’ can do to contribute—individuals, neighbourhoods, local government, and community organizations and businesses—including any specific ideas people have to enhance our public space.

You don’t need to be a trained facilitator or event planner to host a conversation. We will provide a simple, practical toolkit, as well as a contact email and phone number if you want any further guidance or tips.

This opportunity could be a timely excuse to have an outdoors neighbourhood gathering as the warmer weather arrives—a fun social gathering with neighbours and friends that can help Nelson become an even healthier, more liveable city.

If you are interested, you can pick up a Host/Facilitator Kit at the Nelson Public Library; or contact George Chandler (250) 354-8227  georgechandler07@gmail.com

It’s interesting to see which cities of the world are on the list of liveable cities. They’re always the cities that are sweet to their people.”                                           – Jan Gehl, urban designer

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