The Gilmore Park Community League (GPCL) has been bringing residents closer together for over a decade. This year, they created a Glen Allan History Walk in partnership with the Strathcona County Museum & Archives to encourage connection and share the history of their neighbourhood.
Creating the Glen Allan History Walk was truly a collaborative effort of the community. They reached out to the Museum and long standing residents for historical information and photos. One of the highlights of this project was listening to the stories that neighbours shared and realizing a lot of people grew up with the same memories. Neighbours enjoyed sharing stories and contributing to this project, creating a better sense of belonging to the place they call home.
The self guided virtual tour has unique features including, photos, stories, and a map with a suggested walking route. They wanted to make the tour exciting – to discover things residents may not even realize existed. Christie, a GPCL Board Member said “We looked at the route and noted relative points of interest along the way. The Museum really helped us organize these details on our website for everyone to explore.”
Whether it be an event, a project or community care, the league is focused on building a safer more connected neighbourhood, “We draw on the experiences and skills of our neighbours. Getting to know your neighbours on a deeper level gives so many opportunities for us to connect in a meaningful way.” said Tammy, GPCL President
Anyone can participate - access the tour on their website. Now is the perfect time to get outdoors and explore!
Have an idea for your own neighbourhood project? Check out Strathcona County’s Community grants and apply today, or join our online discussion and share your own community connections using the hashtag #scSocialAction.