Featured City Commons Projects: The Plot Thickens Garden and Street Mural

As you may have heard, the Vancouver Tool Library is taking do-it-yourself to a whole new level from July 11-14 with City Commons, an interactive event that will bring Vancouverites together to repair, transform, and make shared places.

By day, participants will collaborate on placemaking projects that will help foster neighbourly connections. In the evening, everyone is invited to gather for workshops, music, and outdoor activities that celebrate the importance of placemaking in creating dynamic communities. No registration for the events is necessary! Drop in to whichever project sounds most interesting and give as much time as you have.

In the days leading up to City Commons, we will feature the placemaking projects that participants can work on during the event.

The Plot Thickens: Lakeview United Church Garden

The garden when first planted

Location: 2776 Semlin Drive (near 12th Avenue)
Description: It’s a fixer-upper. The Lakeview Church Community Garden is designated for the promotion of food security and sovereignty within the low-income community in Kensington-Cedar Cottage. This site needs some work: a path, three compost bins, a small tool shed, and some other aesthetics. There is potential for partnerships with nearby community kitchens, social housing sites, and the Cedar Cottage Food Network to seek input in the creation of programs and events for everyone.
When to drop in: Saturday, July 13 from 9am-3pm
Tools volunteers can bring: : cordless drills, hand saws, hammers, paint brushes, wire cutters, gravel rake, tape measures, framing squares, levels, saw horses, gas mower or weed whacker

Gather Round Street Mural Painting
At the Gather Round roundabout park, 10th and St. George
Description: Where the 10th Avenue Bikeway and the St. George Rainway meet is a newly established neighbourhood gathering point. Participants will splash some paint on the road using a design based on community consultation that has been developed. Following the painting, there will be a block party with games, food, and fun!
When to drop in: Saturday, July 13 from 11am-5pm (starting with a pancake breakfast!). Block party goes from 5:30 or so until 9ish.


For more information on all of our sites and evening events, see our full program guide and Facebook page.