Monday, May 16, 2011
Dialogue with Tilo Driessen at Vancouver Park Board
City of Vancouver has the Access to Nature goal; "All Vancouver residents live within a five minute walk of a park, greenway, or other green space by 2020". In order to archive this goal, community engagement is essential. It is important that these are driven by neighborhood. City and the Park Board are providing what he calls a "toolkit" and working with communities to make better neighborhood. There are programs such as Neighbourhood Matching Fund and Greenest City Neighbourhood Grants for community leaders to make green neighbourhoods. I would be very interested to see how city is encouraging collaborations within communities and improving their services.
Another thing I would like to note from the conversation is how city planning is shaped by complains. People complain when things are not working well or they don't like whatever they are getting. If, however, it is working well, they are happy and don't bother report back to city. So it is often filled up with complains and city has to deal with "don't do this" voices.
Therefore, in order to make a better community, it is a key to encourage active engagement and bring creative people on the board to plan their neighbourhood together.