POWELL RIVER, B.C. – Neighbourhoods will be even more connected thanks to a new program from the City of Powell River.
The city is launching the Resilient Streets Program through Building Resilient Neighbourhoods (BRN).
BRN is a collective effort led by BC Healthy Communities Society. It aims to make communities more resilient across B.C.
Powell River is one of four communities receiving a grant and will serve as a demonstration community for the program.
Last year, the city hosted eight block parties, to bring neighbors together. This year, the city hopes to boost that number and eventually host around 25 parties per year, thanks to the funding from the provincial program.
“We want to strengthen our neighbourhoods in our community, and that involves building upon those block parties,” said Manager of Recreation Neil Pukesh, in a release issued by the city.
“We are purchasing an event trailer that is going to be fully stocked with supplies to help people plan and execute events in their neighbourhoods, whether it’s a beautification project, street clearing, or similar projects, as well as block parties.”
The Resilient Streets program is designed to help residents living in the same community connect and get to know each other better.
A kick-off workshop is set to take place on Wednesday, June 6th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Powell River Rec Complex’s Cedar Room.
Registration is required for the free event.
Interested individuals can call (604) 485-2891 to register.
Micro-planning grants are available for Resilient Streets events. Organizers can obtain $50 to plan an event and $200 to execute the event. Residents will be able to apply for these grants at the June 6th kick-off event.