Update/Meeting notes for Melbourne Parkette Project – Monday, April 23, 2012
Attending: Sarah C, Viv Moore, Robert Plitt, Barry Parker, Shannon, and Vanessa H.
- Designs& Ideas: We all discussed various possible designs for the site: and came up with various ideas including:
o Barry’s raised bed design with pollinator garden on outside of boxes and community planting areas in centre of each box
o planter boxes at each end of a green space that kids could play in
o suggestions of hops along the western high fence (possibly through contacting Bellwoods Brewery?)
o other suggestions included: orchard trees, native trees and bushes…. we all agreed that there were many ideas and that we needed to continue talking to see what is realistic for us to accomplish
o We agreed that it is important to contemplate ideas for the space that involve ALL park users (including attention to children’s needs, dogs and dog walkers etc). We also agreed on the following general ideas and comments:
o It is important to establish what is wanted by the community in the space as best we can and its best not to “rush” to get something done. It will be best if we agree to/create a consensus about what should be done and this may take time, and ultimately numerous meetings over this summer.
o its important to not plan too “big” or ambitiously” at the start, as the key to having something effective and long term is to balance what we want there with what is realistic in terms of the time energy/time those interested have to dedicate to the initiative
o better to start small (small planting boxes, beds or small natural bushes/small trees) and see how much time/commitment there is nearby and expand later than create something too big that will be unkempt/un-managed and therefore may fall into disrepair
- Clean up day: We agreed to planning a clean up day on a weekend morning in may or more likely june (date TBD)
- Regular Meetings: We agreed that we will hope to have a monthly meeting on Tuesdays or Thursday evenings to take place in the park (rain dates can be in neighbourhood houses)
- Signage: o We agreed that signage was key to communicate what is going on with the space, but also to let interested people get involved.
o We agreed on some wording for a temporary sign which the city will look into helping us post-see proposed wording at the end of these notes
o We agreed that the city will work on looking into getting some signage that will signal that there is a community process going on and will refer people to the address for the Melbourne Parkette blog to get involved.
o If the city cannot assist with this we can look into our own signage (Vanessa looking into this). We also talked about having kids (at the upcoming clean-up event) do some signs and painting of posters/signage we could put up in the park).
o We all agreed that for the moment we needed to talk about what people want in the park, continue to include as many people as possible (possibly flyer or put up signs in park alerting to date/time of next meeting, use signage and Melbourne Parkette blog to get people involved).
- Holding off on tilling: We agreed for the time being that we will ask the city not to till the site until we have more of a consensus and agreement as to what people would like there and how we can upkeep it. For the moment it is a place for dogs to run in and a plot of grass allowing kids to play in or enables us to program some games etc.
- Let’s try to plan more group activities/neighbourhood events in the park/space: We agreed that the more we “program” and plan things in the park (kids games, educational sessions, neighbourhood gatherings) the community presence will help make it a nicer and more vibrant, welcoming place to be.
- Assistance from City Staff: Vanessa kindly offered to look into the following: help for printing some kind of signage (non-permanent), if the City/ or LEAF program could donate some trees/plant material, how we might be able to access/open or attach a community hose to the watermain at the south end of the park (closest to gate).
Fundraising: We all agreed that at future meetings its important to talk about fundraising (once we decide what is viable for the space).
Proposed signage wording (temporary)- Vanessa looking into whether city can print for us a small sign or banner:
The Melbourne Parkette Project is a community project
The City of Toronto is supporting our vision.
For more information or to get involved go to: https://melbourneparkette.wordpress.com
We love our park!