›› Sarah Murray

With spring in full swing, the North Park neighbourhood is feeling more alive and vibrant than ever! We love to see the ­playgrounds, sport courts, and fields at Central Park and Franklin Green being enjoyed by the community. We are so grateful for these amazing green spaces that provide much needed access to open space for recreation, socializing, and relaxing. Just like last year, the NPNA is working with the City to be able to offer free, all ages programming to the community at Royal Athletic Park! Details are still being fine tuned, but watch out for free, all ages art workshops, picnic nights, and fitness classes at Royal Athletic Park! As always, we’d love to see you at the North Park Food & Farmers Market on Sunday, June 20th from 10:30am-1:30pm. While you’re in the area for the market, stop by North Park Bike Shop where the Bikery (Victoria’s only kosher bakery) will be making a guest appearance!

In mid May, the community welcomed thirty new residents to the neighbourhood at the Caledonia Tiny Home Village. We are looking forward to getting to know our new neighbours and supporting them on their path to permanent ­housing. The Community Advisory Committee had their first meeting on May 25th at 6pm. The goal of the CAC is to support a ­successful integration into the community, provide the community with updates from the Tiny Homes Village, and address issues or concerns as they arise. Meeting agendas and minutes from the CAC can be found on the npna website here: npna.ca/about/docs.

The NPNA has some exciting long term projects on the horizon. We are ­working with a group of UVic researchers on a needs assessment. We look forward to ­consulting with the community on what is working and what is missing in the North Park neighbourhood. This needs ­assessment will influence future grant applications, ­program development, and program ­offerings. We are also excited to be working with the City of Victoria on a placemaking project on Vancouver Street between Caledonia and Green Street. Do you have ideas for this corridor? Let us know!

To learn more about what’s going on in North Park and to sign up for our ­newsletter please visit our website, npna.­ca, or find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at ­@­wearenorthpark.