YYC Neighbour Day leads to community 'Paint the Pavement' initiative
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In the summer of 2014, a year after many Calgary communities were devastated by flood damage, the City of Calgary planned the first ever YYC Neighbour Day to celebrate the community spirit.
Last year more than 40 communities participated, and numbers are steadily increasing this year with more than 70 communities across the city planning events for the second annual Neighbour Day this Saturday.
“It's really about giving everyone a sense of belonging,” said Leslie Evans, executive director of the Federation of Calgary Communities. “We want to define neighbour in a new way by giving people the opportunity to meet as many people in their communities as possible.”
Evans said that communities across Calgary have organized a variety of events to celebrate Neighbour Day.
“In Beddington Heights they're launching a community library, and in Bridgeland they're hosting a pot-luck and carnival games,” she said.
Communities like Glamorgan have taken Neighbour Day to new heights this year.
Teaming up with local schools and community groups, Glamorgan Community Association has spear-headed a new initiative called ‘Paint the Pavement.’
Students from St. Andrews and Glamorgan School were asked to draw pictures of what they thought represented their neighbourhood. Their pictures were then put together to create two road art installments that will be painted onto the pavement outside of the schools on Saturday.
The goal for the paintings is to encourage people driving through the area to slow down.
"So many people have problems with people speeding through their school and playground zones," said Bonnie St. Pierre, general manager for the Glamorgan Community Association. "This is just a different way to try and achieve that."
Anyone attending the Glamorgan Neighbour Day is invited to help paint the pavement from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
St. Pierre said on top of their community initiative, they will also have many fun activities throughout the day and night to entertain all members of their community including a pancake breakfast, beer gardens and games.