The event will be held over two days during volunteer week, Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Culture Centre, 251 – 9 Ave S.W.
“One of the priority projects that citizens identified at the first Our High River summit in 2014 was a need for more community spaces,” says Jodi Dawson, manager of economic development for the Town. “What we realized was that we actually have a lot of community spaces, but they are being under-utilized, or citizens simply do not know they can access them.”
Last month, the group held a Community Café at the Culture Centre to hear input from residents about what they wanted to see happen in the community facility. The top priorities that were identified include repairing walls, cleaning up, moving storage to a new location, painting and reducing echo. The group is now looking for volunteers to step forward and make these ideas a reality.
“We are looking for donations of time and materials to help make this space more inviting to the community,” says Caitland Asmundson, community support worker for the Town. “The hope is that community members, artists and social profit groups will want to use the space more, and they will contribute to making the space more attractive.”
Town of High River Community Support Services will also be using this project as a pilot for their upcoming Neighbourhood Matching Grants program, which will launch this summer. The Neighbourhood Matching Grant is a program that will allow residents to apply for grants of up to $2,000 in exchange for the community’s match of an equal value in volunteer labor, donated goods and services, or cash, in support of citizen-initiated community improvement projects.