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Neighbourhood Connections
Social neighbourhoods are safer, healthier and more fun!  web page image 1.jpgDuring the Town of Banff’s Community Social Assessment in 2013, residents identified community connections as a priority.

In summer 2017 Banff Neighbourhood Connections initiative was piloted in six neighbourhoods in Banff. What happened and what we learned:
  • Over 600 neighbours got together at more than 20 gatherings including block parties, outdoor movies, bouncy castles, chalk party, garage sales, biking, creek clean ups, lemonade stands and had fun and connected.
  • Individually new neighbours were welcomed and seniors helped.
  • Some neighbours just want to say “hi”, and some want to socialize
  • Small gatherings are easier to organize, and planning with another neighbour is fun
  • It can help to have a reason to go introduce yourself to your neighbour
  • Some neighbourhoods are easier to bump into your neighbours – other areas might take a bit more effort especially with varied work schedules
The Town of Banff is working on the following to help you to get to know your neighbour.  Information will be available in May:
  • Block party checklist with street closure request form, food guidelines, games ideas, community clean up contacts etc.
  • Language sheet with useful phrases of Banff’s most common languagesweb page image 2.jpg
  • Equipment list available to borrow – from Town of Banff & Library
  • National Days list – ideas to gather with neighbours
  • Map showing gathering spaces