Growing more green spaces in Peterborough

Peterborough Examiner |

The Nourish program — a partnership between GreenUP, YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, and Peterborough Public Health which cultivates health, builds community, and promotes fairness through programs dedicated to eating, cooking, growing, and advocating for good food — helps to co-ordinate a growing network of thriving resident-led community gardens. These gardens are often in what the city classifies as “neighbourhood parks” which are “intended to serve the close-to-home social and recreation needs of a neighbourhood.” The city hopes to have all residents live within walking distance of a neighbourhood park and has set out guidelines for the improvement of existing parks and design of future parks.

Some key ideas that were highlighted in the NeighbourPLAN Vision documents are also reflected in these city guidelines, including:

  • Pedestrians should not have to cross a busy street to access a neighbourhood park
  • Parks should be appealing to all age groups, and be functional in all seasons
  • Parks may celebrate and/or acknowledge Indigenous placemaking/history

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