Doable Neighbourhood Project (DNP)

Organization Sponsor: 8-80 Cities

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Program Description

The Doable Neighbourhood Project (DNP) is a practical and participatory approach to creating healthier neighbourhoods in Ontario. The goal of the DNP is to improve mental and physical wellbeing by providing community leaders with new tools to assess their neighbourhoods, and by supporting the development of innovative pilot projects.

The pilot projects will build on existing community assets and respond to barriers to walking, cycling and the ability to visit vibrant parks and public spaces as identified by residents.

DNP Pilot projects will be implementable in the short-to-medium term, and help create healthier and happier communities for all ages. Following an inclusive public engagement process, 8-80 Cities is working with local partners in four unique neighbourhoods to implement the community-chosen pilot projects.

Funding Sources: 

Gehl Architects, Ecomobility World Festival, Green Communities Canada, World Health Organization, Project for Public Spaces, International Sport and Culture Association, Guadalajara 2020 Zona Meteroplitana,Ontario Government,American Trails, City Parks Alliance, ParticipACTION, Focus on Nature

Strategies For Sustainability: 

8-80 Cities is a non-profit organization based in Toronto, Canada. We are dedicated to contributing to the transformation of cities into places where people can walk, bike, access public transit and visit vibrant parks and public places. Our approach is to engage people and communities across multiple sectors to inspire the creation of cities that are easily accessible, safe and enjoyable for all. We achieve our mission through grant projects, advocacy work and our innovative services.

Impact Of Program: 
  • 8-80 Cities are communities built for people. They reflect social equality in the public realm and promotesustainable happiness.
  • They nurture our need to be physically active by providing safe, accessible and enjoyable places for everyone walk, bike and be active as part of our daily routine.
  • They recognize that people are social creatures and prioritize human interaction by fostering vibrant streets and great public places where people can rest, relax and play.
  • 8-80 Cities encourage sustainable and healthy lifestyles for everyone regardless of age, gender, ability, ethnicity or economic background.

8-80 Cities has worked with more than 30 communities across Ontario to create more people friendly communities.

Evaluation Tools: 

Our experience with 8-80 Cities has been excellent; the quality of facilitation and the end product is great.”

Key Elements Towards Success: 

8-80 Cities is based on a simple philosophy:If you create a city that’s good for an 8 year old and good for an 80 year old, you will create a successful city for everyone. This is an 8-80 City.

By creatively engaging communities, our public space planning service called People Make Places, transforms public spaces into vibrant destinations that reflect a community vision and build on local assets.

We are committed to creating public spaces that are equitable and accessible. We undertake in-depth quantitative and qualitative research to diagnose problems and develop a holistic strategy to improve the management, uses and activities, infrastructure and design of the space.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

By creatively engaging communities, our public space planning service called People Make Places, transforms public spaces into vibrant destinations that reflect a community vision and build on local assets.

We are committed to creating public spaces that are equitable and accessible. We undertake in-depth quantitative and qualitative research to diagnose problems and develop a holistic strategy to improve the management, uses and activities, infrastructure and design of the space.

Length and Stage of Project: 

2010

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