Do you have ideas for making Ottawa a more sustainable, a more liveable city? Ever wanted to green your street or neighbourhood, connect with other people in the community, share a creative project or discover interesting places around town?
Here’s an opportunity to put those ideas into practice. Ottawa’s first 100In1Day is happening on June 3, 2017.
100In1Day is a one-day festival comprised of 100+ citizen-led activities that green the city, make art, redesign a space or use other creative approaches that allow participants to experience what a more vibrant, healthier community could be. 100In1Day initiatives—low-cost interventions that can be small or large, permanent or temporary—are public, outdoors, free and open to anyone. They include street art, tree planting, pop-up playgrounds, bike parades, neighbourhood picnics–the sky’s the limit.
Synapcity is organizing 100In1Day, a global citizens’ movement, in Ottawa. They’re inviting everyone to contribute an intervention, volunteer, or spread the word.
Among the interventions registered so far in Ottawa:
- A bike taxi offering rides in and around Britannia Park (Craig MacAulay);
- “Field testing” of robots that collect tiny trash from shorelines, at Petrie Island (Robot Missions);
- A “Grow a Row Donate a Row” plant exchange (Parkdale Food Centre);
- Community cleanups at Mud Lake (CPAWS-OV), Heron Park (Rideau Valley Conservation Authority City Stream Watch Program), Paul Landry Park (Hunt Club Community Organization) and St. Laurent Blvd. (Terrie Meehan);
- A “public living room” to facilitate conversations among residents (BLINK Gallery);
- A “freezie forum” that will give freezies in exchange for community-building ideas (Mark Newell);
- A discussion on libraries, sharing and alternative ownership models (Ottawa Tool Library);
- A pollinator garden, butterfly meadow and native plant sale (Fletcher Wildlife Garden);
- Solar-powered “Innovation Pods” that bring 3D printers, virtual reality goggles and digital media equipment out to communities and local businesses (prototypeD);
- A front yard popup vintage dress-up party (Fairmont Ave.);
- A nature and mental health walk in the Arboretum (Joceline Jaillet);
- A photography exhibit on trees and their importance, at McNabb Park (Tree Fest Ottawa);
- Free bike tune-ups in Overbrook (Right Bike and Rideau-Rockliffe Community Resource Centre).
Let us know about your intervention!
Written by Denise Deby. Thanks to Christine Earnshaw, 100in1day Ottawa for connecting.