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____ Friday October 16, 2015 ____



Lemonade gets neighbourhoods talking

Kitchener - What a summer! Kitchener’s neighbourhood strategy project team was at 27 events across the city, serving nearly 2,000 cups of lemonade. Now that's refreshing! More importantly, the project team received 1,308 surveys with important feedback on supporting safe and thriving neighbourhoods.

The survey asked people what makes their neighbourhoods great and how to make them even better. As a commitment to report back on the feedback received, the neighbourhood strategy team has developed an engaging infographic to reveal the survey results.

“I was really impressed with how many community events are already happening on our streets, in our neighbourhoods, and at our parks. And the comment I heard most often was ‘This is great - we need MORE of this!’” remarked Melissa Bowman, chair of the Victoria Park Neighbourhood Association and member of the neighbourhood strategy project team.

The project team consists of local residents who are active in neighbourhood associations, community development or placemaking, as well as City of Kitchener staff. They’ll use the survey results to ensure the neighbourhood strategy builds on the strengths of Kitchener’s neighbourhoods. The feedback also helps determine the high priority items for consultation next year.

“A successful neighbourhood strategy will be formed by the entire community, so we’re planning one of the largest, most inclusive community engagement processes in the city’s history,” said Michael May, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Kitchener. “Lemonade is just the beginning!”

Throughout the consultation, the project team is striving to get to every neighbourhood in our city, and that takes a large, dedicated team to make it happen. Thanks to the many volunteer project team members and city staff who spent their time attending as many events as possible this summer. Thanks also to Dare Foods Limited who donated cookies to pair with the lemonade. Yummy!

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