Rock Bay Creek Revival Community Project

Water Wise Ways in The City

Ever wonder where the rain goes after it hits your street? Are you curious about how rain gardens work? Do you have a yen to create beauty while you connect with neighbours, family, and friends and see it become part of beautiful signage along our shared streetscape?  If so, you might be interested in the Rock Bay Creek Revival Project.

This dynamic community-led initiative began with a small group of Fernwood and adjacent neighbours drawn together by a common interest in mapping community assets and historic knowledge. One of their discoveries was a pond (now infilled) and a stream (now culverted underground) where residents skated more than 100 years ago.

Through a series of neighbourhood walks to seek out where Rock Bay Creek once flowed, a new community-led project was born in autumn 2015.

Growing out of their many shared interests and the broad enthusiasm of dedicated volunteers, mappers, artists, students, and planners, the Rock Bay Creek Revival is launching  a series of free public art-making workshops that will be educational, fun, family-friendly events.

People are invited to come and learn and share about spring-fed Harris Pond and the Rock Bay Creek that flowed from it, touching North Park, draining Oaklands, and travelling through Hillside Quadra and Burnside Gorge neighbourhoods. The creek still empties into Rock Bay. You will have the chance to make art, and connect with others who care about the watershed we share and how we might revitalize it. No arts experience necessary, only your enthusiasm and your curiosity.

Professional artists will facilitate these workshops, engaging you in hands-on art-making to create vibrant contributions through drawing and printmaking, poetry and telling visual tales of creeks and ponds, streams and plants, memories and dreams to open the way for new watershed thinking. Don’t be shy. This is something everyone can do.

Collaborating designers will then turn your contributions into public interpretive signage to mark special spots along the underfoot creek at Alexander Park, Blackwood Park and at the long filled-in pond site on an easy cycling and walking route.

Please join us for the first Free Public Art Encounter Workshop!

 March 25, 2017 at Fernwood Community Association’s Paul Phillips Hall, 11:00am – 4:00pm

For information: www.rockbaycreek.ca.                        www.facebook.com/rockbaycreek

Register: dotter@seaside.net.      Or online www.vangoozen.ca/daylighting/contact

By phone: 250.384.7441

We thank the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations on whose unceded lands we live and work.

We are grateful for project funding support from City of Victoria My Great Neighbourhood Grant 2016 and sponsors: Fernwood Community Association & Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group

 

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