Thursday, January 07, 2021 - 9:00 AM

A Connected City: 2020 Year In Review:

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Connections build cohesion, pride and ownership of place. In 2020, the City completed a number of projects towards building a sense of community:

  • We worked with the youth engagement action team to complete the youth engagement strategy which included feedback from over 1000 young people.  
  • In September, City Council passed a Declaration in Support of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to promote and strengthen mutually respectful relationships with the urban Indigenous community in St. John’s and with all other First Peoples in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The declaration outlines the city’s commitment to take many important actions to strengthen its relationship with Indigenous Peoples, including a commitment to maintain membership in First Voice. A coalition led by First Light in collaboration with Indigenous Services Canada, First Voice brings together Indigenous Peoples, service providers, and all levels of government to advance truth and reconciliation in St. John’s.
  • The City of St. John's grants and subsidies program makes available limited financial and other resources to nonprofit groups, organizations and individuals whose programming supports the City’s Strategic Directions. For 2020, community grants total $1,261,800 while capital grants total $297,100; reserves in both grant programs have been held for situations where a decision is pending, or other items may arise before the end of the year.

Neighbourhood Profiles
This new web application divides the city into 28 distinct areas, or “neighbourhoods,” that are defined by their history, landscape, and unique cultural heritage. Each neighbourhood profile includes pictures of the area, historical information and points of interest as well as a map to nine key areas of interest, including recreation and sport opportunities, places of faith, health facilities and schools. 

Our City, Our Story 
Launched in February, a new page on our website that features the stories of residents and their connections to the community. Our City, Our Story utilizes digital storytelling to tell the personal stories of individual residents, community influencers and business owners and their connections to St. John’s. 

Parks and Playgrounds

Over the past year we have successfully completed a conceptual design of the H.G.R. Mews Recreation facility, conducted further public engagement on the features of the new facility, and we are over 50% complete on our detailed design for the new building. The plan is to break ground in spring.

 

In partnership with the Victoria Park Foundation, a new maintenance shed with public washrooms has been constructed for our Parks Division. We also relocated the dog park and enhanced the size of the space to allow for a large dog and a small dog run for our four legged friends. Next summer we look forward to introducing new playground equipment to the park with a nautical theme.