Dreamed of temporarily closing off streets to cars in your own neighbourhood and opening them up to an afternoon of fun?
Want to learn more about how communities around the world are transforming their streets through community-building events?
Upcoming free workshops led by the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network and its Living Streets Coordinator Emmy Marshall-Hill promise to not only provide inspiration but the practical how to’s to help you host a Living Streets event in the Capital Region in 2017.
“Living Streets” are car-free street events that are for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. They aim to create vibrant public spaces, promote active transportation and encourage good health through car-free streets.
Two Living Streets workshops are planned and are open to all individuals, community associations, non-profits, business associations, faith and arts organizations across the region:
- Thursday, October 20, 2016 – 838 Fort Street, 6-8 p m
- Sunday, October 23, 2016 – Lookout Lounge – West Shore Community Center, 1-3 pm
Marshall-Hill recently attended the 2016 International Open Streets Summit and is brimming with examples to share. The sessions will not only give a sample of those highlights but will delve into the nitty gritty of how to make your own event happen in the Capital Region in 2017, including:
- How to pick a location and the process of planning your event
- Suggested activities, logistics, local bylaw requirements and promotional strategies.
- How you can apply for up to $300 as a micro-grant to help plan and implement your 2017 Living Street Event.