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Upcycle parklet: A front porch for the neighbourhood

Upcycle parklet project

We’ve built a brand-new parklet!

After three years of collaboration with many dedicated people, we have built a new public space outside our House. This upcycle parklet is an accessible front porch for the whole neighbourhood. Thanks to the financial support of many organizations and individualsincluding a successful Wayblaze crowdfunding campaign, worth $5,075we’ve been able to bring the project to life!

Here are some of the things we’re looking forward to:

  • Purchasing indigenous plants to help the space thrive year-round
  • Purchasing games like giant checkers for people of all ages to play together
  • Keeping a steady supply of chalk and brushes available for budding artists
  • Crafting custom armrests to help seniors sit and stand comfortably
  • Creating a commemorative plaque to recognize our partners and supporters
  • Hosting events that promote social inclusion in our neighbourhood!

Why we’ve created a parklet

We believe in building better neighbourhoods and strengthening our community through placemaking. By building a parklet on Prince Albert Street, we’re creating a public space for neighbours and friends to gather, meet, chat, and relax outdoors!

We hosted a parklet party on September 22, 2016 where over 200 neighbours joined us for BBQ, music, and shared their ideas on what they would like to see in the parklet! We gained 93 signatures and collected 20 surveys.

Where is it located?

The parklet takes up two former parking spots in front of Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House on Prince Albert Street.

What is a parklet?

A parklet is a public space that sits on the street, transforming parking spaces to create a permanent fixture—normally made of wood—where people can sit, relax, and enjoy the outdoors.

Upcycling history

Since 2013, Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House has been actively involved in engaging community members in creating projects that improve and bring life to the East Broadway area. We have organized mural painting projects, street sweeps, and community festivals, placed planters on East Broadway, and supported resident groups to create beautifying projects, such as the Broadway East Art Walk and many others. The local businesses have been a big factor in the success of these projects.

When the old Janssen building at Kingsway and Broadway was torn down, Rize Alliance gifted Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House with several large pieces of wood from the demolition for the use in community projects. To date, one bench was created from recycled wood by Travis Hanks, a local architect, and it is located in front of the Neighbourhood House.

In 2017, Travis connected Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House with Upcycle Vancouver and the Vancouver Economic Commission, as well as the Projects in Place Society. Together our organizations have been planning a project where the donated wood could be upcycled to benefit the community. The group decided on a parklet to be permanently installed in place of two parking spots on Prince Albert Street—just off East Broadway.

Prince Albert is a fairly quiet street, anchored by Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House on the southeast corner at East Broadway. In recent years the green space next to the house has been upgraded with planter boxes filled with edible plants, and the first bench created from recycled wood. There is also a small community garden installed on the green boulevard between the sideway and the street.

The parklet today

In July 2018, we converted two parking spaces into an accessible public area that connects to the garden and the green space right outside the House. This new space is an inviting place where everyone in the neighbourhood can find a place to belong.

We submitted out initial application at the beginning of December 2016 and have now received final approval from the City of Vancouver. The City collected feedback from the community, throughout various stages in the process involving detailed design of the parklet and review. This is the City of Vancouver’s first-ever parklet with a non-profit partner.

We hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for our grand opening on August 24, 2018, and we are thrilled to announce that the parklet is now open to the public!

Our partners

Our team is excited to be working together to build this amazing space. Our team is composed of representatives from:

Our supporters

Vancity Centre Community Branch

 

Allium Landscapes

 

Scandic Constructions

 

Abbotsford Concrete Products

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Whole Foods: Reusable bags raise funds for House

October 10 - December 31
Whole Foods Market Cambie, 510 West 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1C5 Canada

From now until December 31, bring your reusable bags to Whole Foods Market on Cambie Street. Instead of collecting the bag rebate at the checkout, ask to make a donation to our House! All bag donations from October 1 to December 31 will support food security programs at our House. Visit the Store  

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9:00 am

Employment Programming for Newcomers

October 23 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Tuesday and Thursday, repeating until December 22, 2018

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T 1Y1 Canada

In partnership with WelcomeBC, MPNH is pleased to offer employment programming for newcomers. If you are not eligible for WorkBC services, and you meet the eligibility criteria, you may benefit from this program. The program offers settlement and integration services to support the social and economic integration of newcomers who are not eligible to receive […]

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10:00 am

Bond to Literacy Program

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until December 12, 2018

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T 1Y1 Canada

This program support parents, grandparents and caregivers with children 3, 4,5 to best support their child’s pre-literacy and school's readiness. Parents meet every week for 12 weeks with a community facilitator who is trained in how best to mentor and coach parents. Parents learn how to best connect with their children, nurturing parent-child attachment and […]

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Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program: Foster & Adoptive Parents

October 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until October 30, 2018

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T 1Y1 Canada

Parenting can be hard, but you don't have to do it alone! Meet with other parents of young children (0-5 years old) Share your questions, concerns, and ideas about parenting and kids Learn about child development, health and behaviour Discuss real-life parenting situations Discover positive ways of parenting To register please contact Carmen: ccontreras@mpnh.org or […]

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Free WorkBC Orientation Session

October 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating until December 21, 2018

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T 1Y1 Canada

WorkBC Employment Program—Specialized Services Your bridge to success Looking for work? Interested in volunteering? Wondering how WorkBC can help you? Talk to a certified employment counsellor. Book a free one-on-one meeting with our case manager by attending our orientation session on Tuesdays. Photo ID and social insurance number required. Call to register at 604.879.8208 ext […]

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12:00 pm

Seniors Lunch & Bingo

October 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 22, 2018

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T 1Y1 Canada

Enjoy the company of friends and a nutritious lunch and dessert or chef’s surprise, as well as bingo after the lunch. Celebrate birthdays the last Tuesday of each month. Let Tracy know if you are celebrating a birthday this month. Schedule Lunch, 12 p.m. Bingo, 1–2 p.m. Lunch Cost $5 per person for lunch or […]

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Tea & Muffins with The Front Step Project

October 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5T 1Y1 Canada

We invite you to an afternoon discussion with muffins, tea, and coffee to share ideas on housing, building community, and intergenerational relationships. Your ideas will help shape Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House’s new initiative—The Front Step Project—which is curious about intergenerational relationships and housing among seniors, older adults and youth. Hope to see you there! Please […]

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