The Glooscap First Nation Mi’kmaq community is undergoing a change in demographics, growing to include more children and youth. Families 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 Glooscap First Nation Family Recreation Committee engaged UPLAND wishing to design an outdoor space with a range of amenities that will best serve members of the Glooscap First Nation and surrounding community.
UPLAND engaged the community in several ways to ensure that the consultation events and tools would take into account people of all age groups, genders, and abilities. A four-part workshop was held which included several stations (Envision the Site, Imagine your Playground, Photo Booth and Playground Dotmocracy) to gather ideas from a wide range of community members. The workshop was the best attended engagement event in the community to date and significantly shaped the concept development for the park. Following the consultation, UPLAND developed a site plan, perspective renderings, cost estimates and a phasing plan and assisted the community with their grant application process.