WHEN: Tuesday May 19, 6-9pm
WHERE: Lindsay Children’s Room, 2nd Floor, Halifax Central Library
UPDATED: two more projects added!
District 7 – Halifax South Downtown residents will cast their votes this Tuesday to decide which capital projects are priorities for the community. This will be the third year for one of Canada’s most ambitious participatory budgeting projects, allocating $94,000 to citizen-led initiatives.
Waye Mason, Councillor for District 7, developed the program as a way to engage the community. “It has a party atmosphere, with adults and children coming down, meeting the applicants, and learning a bit about how municipal government works and how decisions are made,” said Mason. “All members of the community get to have a say in how to spend this money.”
Residents are invited on Tuesday May 19, in the Lindsay Children’s Room of the Halifax Central Library, to vote for their five favourite projects. Fifteen applications were received; with a total of over $183,000 in proposed projects. Projects cover a wide range: from bike racks to street furniture to historical interpretive panels to playgrounds.
This is the only opportunity to help decide which projects are funded, and residents are encouraged to bring their friends and neighbours to vote. All ages are allowed to vote, and adults are encouraged to bring children to experience voting first hand.
Voting starts at 6pm, and must be submitted by 8:45 pm. The recommended projects will be announced at 9:00 pm that night. Projects will be presented “science fair style” with volunteers on hand to answer questions.
PROPOSED PROJECTS FOR 2015/16
- Halifax Cycling Coalition- $15,695 for picnic tables and bike racks along University Ave. Boulevard
- Speedy Kids Oval Program- $5,000 for equipment for community skating competitions and festivals
- OPEN Projects- $10,000 for urban furniture on the Halifax Waterfront
- Saint Mary’s Elementary School- $20,000 for outdoor green space and leisure enhancements
- Planning and Design Centre- $500 for a deployable scrabble board for community events
- Common Roots Urban Farm- $8,000 for a farm market cargo bicycle
- Downtown Halifax Business Commission- $17,000 for enhancements to the Barrington Benches project
- St Paul’s Church- $3,500 for didactic panels for community exhibits
- Spring Garden Area Business Association- $20,000 for beautification and bike racks on Spring Garden Road
- Ecole LeMarchant St. Thomas School- $20,000 for a new playground
- Park to Park Community Association- $4,500 for benches and signage at Gorsebrook Park
- Downtown Halifax Business Commission- $20,000 for beautification banners on construction fencing
- Peter Green Hall Children’s Centre- $20,000 for outdoor green space enhancements
- NEW Halifax Regional CAP Association- $3,000 for new tablets
- NEW Halifax Minor Baseball Association- $15,000 for new dugouts at Conrose Field