Waterloo maps out gathering spaces for neighbours

Posted On Friday November 06, 2020

Neighbourhood asset mapping is a community-focused way of sharing information about local resources. Asset mapping projects typically focus on resources such as community spaces, skills and strengths of residents, or organizations in the community. Taking an inventory of community assets and displaying them on a map helps to easily identify available resources and address community needs. 

“Although we cannot currently get together with our friends and neighbours like we did previously, eventually we will be able to safely do so, which makes this an ideal time to take an inventory of local resources,” says Mayor Dave Jaworsky. “There are hidden gems across the city that more people should know about, so we are asking residents about spaces they appreciate.” 

The City of Waterloo neighbourhoods team is currently developing a gathering space asset map. Mapping locations will benefit residents who require access to spaces for neighbourhood meetings and events. This tool will help enable COVID-19 community recovery by supporting the return to in-person gatherings when it is safe to do so. 

Neighbourhood groups and associations will be able to browse locations across the community, see details about the spaces (capacity, size, amenities), and access contact information to book spaces for meetings and gatherings. To give residents a better sense of each space, photos will be included where possible. 

Categories of spaces will include:

  • Indoor gathering spaces within recreational facilities, religious spaces, businesses, and community buildings
  • Outdoor gathering spaces within parks and green spaces 

Neighbours have several ways to share their input:

 

A gathering space asset map is a recommendation of the City of Waterloo neighbourhood strategy. The interactive map will be displayed on the city’s new online hub for all things neighbourhoods, currently under development. 

The interactive gathering spaces asset map is expected to launch Spring 2021. 

For more information about neighbourhoods, including our block connector program, the neighbourhood matching fund, mini grants, neighbourhood associations and more, please visit waterloo.ca/neighbourhoods.

 

 

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Shelly Reed
Communications consultant
shelly.reed@waterloo.ca