Opportunity Question: How do we measure the impact of public space interventions intended to support our local community’s
health and wellbeing?

Term: Spring 2022
Department: Kinesiology
Course: KINE 162
Instructor: Kyle Guay
Staff contact: Leah Herman, City of North Vancouver

Project  Description:

The City of North Vancouver’s goal is to be the ‘Heathiest Small City in the World’. To support this vision, the City is interested in studying how placemaking efforts initiated through the pandemic have supported community health, connection and wellbeing. Specifically, the City wants to know how seniors have utilized the activated streetscape in the Central Lonsdale Corridor to inform future placemaking initiatives that promote equity, accessibility and vibrancy in the City.

Students will work in groups of 4 to deliver a research project addressing the opportunity question. The final deliverables will include observational data as well as a creative expression of what was learned. The students are encouraged to gather stories, photos and anecdotes to help reflect what the community’s usage of the public spaces along Lonsdale.

City Strategy and Goal Area:

  • Council Strategic Plan
    • A City for People is welcoming, inclusive, safe, accessible and supports the health and well-being of all.
  • Official Community Plan 2014
    • Goal 1.3: Enhance the distinctive sense of place and livability of the City through high quality design and maintenance of urban form.