A new year marks new beginnings and the Weston-Mount Dennis community isn’t wasting time getting started on this year’s latest initiatives.
Recipe for Community is holding its first community meeting of the year on Monday, Jan. 21 to brainstorm ideas to help beautify green spaces, encourage health and nutrition and, most importantly, collect feedback on improvements to the community.
“Young people have asked (in previous meetings) to have more gathering spaces,” said Marlene McKintosh, the executive director of Urban Arts Toronto, a partner with Recipe for Community.
“They want places they can screen films and have more youth programming. They’ve also asked for more nutrition programs.”
‘It’s an opportunity to get the community involved.'
– Marlene McKintosh
Last spring the group, which operates city-wide, received a project budget of approximately $500,000 from the Toronto Community Foundation and the City of Toronto that has to last until Dec. 31 of this year.
So far, some of the money has been used toward landscaping and clean up of their new location at 5 Bartonville Ave. at Weston Road and Jane Street.
“Volunteers have already cleaned up the site and have talked about garden space and using the items planted in our cooking program,” said McKintosh.
It’s also been used to do some good around neighboring communities including installing and creating a mural at the Weston Towers and helped maintain Emmett Gardens.
Mini-revitalization projects have also been done for areas the of St. Jamestown and Alexandra Park.
The meeting will break down the budgets for each project.
“It’s an opportunity to get the community involved,” said McKintosh. “We’re ensuring what we believe to be true community collaboration, so those who want to contribute can do so.”