In the spring of 2016 the Glooscap First Nation established the Family Recreation Committee with the goal of increasing recreation facilities and programming. Families in the community are seeking greater opportunity to participate in a range of activities, and aging adults are also in need of ways to be physically and socially active. Play, sport, and cultural practices are a renewed focus for the community. The committee wished to create an outdoor space with a range of amenities that will best serve members of the Glooscap First Nation and surrounding community
UPLAND worked with Glooscap First Nation to design an attractive recreation complex that would meet the needs of this increasingly active community. The Family Recreation and Culture Park concept plan provides a vision and spatial layout to guide priorities and financial investments.
The project focused heavily on outreach and communication as a tool to set the form and functions of the design. The approach was to facilitate, mentor and work alongside the Glooscap First Nation Family Recreation Committee, a highly dedicated and passionate group, committed to inclusion of all voices. The process fulfilled the ideals of meaningful, peer-led public outreach and communication, and represents a best-practice model for collaboration with First Nations communities.