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Melissa Bowman Ward 9 

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Parks and Rec!

A closer look at parks in ward 9

Upcoming Events

Aug 7th: Vive Development public information session

Aug 8th: Rockin' it at Rockway

Aug 11th: KWAG Walk the Talk: Gallery Tour

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Parks and Rec!

I am a big fan of the show Parks and Recreation and have found a new appreciation for it during my campaign. I am reminded of one episode entitled "Smallest Park", in which Leslie Knope, who has been working tirelessly to develop a new park in the city, ends up creating a tiny park in a different area of the city. And I do mean tiny; take a look at this shot from the show:

Talking with residents of ward 9 has emphasized the importance of having great parks in the city that are available to everyone. However, some residents who border Rockway Golf Course described to me growing up using areas of it as a playground and winter sledding hill. They are disappointed that it is much less accessible as park space now.

Of course, ward 9 is fortunate to have the lovely Victoria Park in our boundaries. With its splash pad, playground, commons area, trails, and lake, it is truly a wonderful community asset. But that does not negate the importance of having many, smaller community green spaces. I've seen many of these spaces designed well throughout our ward, such as Gildner Green and Homewood Green. These smaller 'pocket parks' are important and welcomed neighbourhood assets.

Small parks may offer a model for neighbourhoods around Rockway Golf Course. It is important that we offer a wide variety of green spaces throughout our ward and city. This article I read recently highlights the importance of such spaces to the health and well-being of neighbours. It also suggests that many of these amenities can be implemented quickly and easily at relatively low costs.

An inclusive city improves walkability, accessibility, and provides great outdoor amenities for all of its citizens. Creating more green spaces throughout our ward and ensuring access to them is one way I would promote inclusivity as councilor.

Upcoming Events

See below for details about a proposed development on Queen St South
Click for details about Rockin' it at Rockway
Click for details about the KWAG Walk the Talk Gallery Tour
Neighbourhood Happenings
July 28th was a busy day in ward 9! I visited the future site of an outdoor gym in Victoria Park where free circuit training and yoga in the park were on offer (above left). I stopped by Belmont Village to record a 'station ID' for the Midtown Radio Project (above right).
The Schneider Creek Porch Party provided a lovely evening to hear local artists play on front porches (below left). I also enjoyed connecting with neighbours in the St Mary's neighbourhood (below right).
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