Community wins in Guysborough and St. Peter’s.
Communities across the province have been benefiting from the Community-Led Placemaking Program, including Guysborough and St. Peter’s. These are 2 of 10 new and exciting projects that are bringing new life to public spaces—thanks to the ideas and passion of local community members.
In St. Peter’s, residents came together to reimagine a vacant lot in their downtown. Thanks to their efforts, plans are underway to transform the central lot into an intimate parkette that can support community gathering, existing markets, and promote growth of the local economy.
In Guysborough, residents saw an opportunity for business owners to provide new food and beverage options that were lacking in town. They agreed that new waterfront kiosks, along with outdoor seating, would create a wonderful space for vendors to use in the heart of downtown.
Those involved in these community placemaking efforts have wonderful things to say about the experience. Most participants said their project is on the right track and will result in good things for their community. They also said that community collaboration makes a real difference since it both provides support and makes involvement rewarding. A big win for people in both communities!
While these projects have been a positive experience for all involved, no work is without its challenges. While the goal is to benefit everyone, it’s not easy getting there — there are disagreements, challenges, and roadblocks along the way. But, facing challenges can be one of the most important steps to achieving a project’s goals, allowing everyone the space to step back, re-assess, discuss, and come together for the greater benefit of project partners and community members. Anything from concerns with loss of parking or delays with supply chain issues, having an open dialogue about the issues and concerns faced brought communities together to find common goals and solutions.