Category Archives: The Good

Celebrate what you like about the south end of Peterborough. Stories about the people, places and projects that make Otonabee Ward special.

It All Started in A Kitchen: Otonabee Ward PB

By Kim Zippel – It all started in a kitchen… Six women showed up with sweet treats and ideas to share. The impetus behind the gathering was a participatory budgeting (PB) orientation session given by the City of Peterborough three days prior. We six had decided to rise to the challenge of getting our neighbours, … Continue reading It All Started in A Kitchen: Otonabee Ward PB

Skating Outdoors in Stenson Park: Building a rink builds community too

By Kim Zippel – Two young men in their twenties are skating on an outdoor rink in Stenson Park near Fleming College.  When asked if they are college students, they reply in the negative, “We skated on this rink as kids, and came back to see if it was still as good as we remember”. … Continue reading Skating Outdoors in Stenson Park: Building a rink builds community too

Harper Park offers winter enjoyment in your own backyard

By Kim Zippel – Escaping the salt, sand & slush doldrums of a city winter is easy in the south end of Peterborough because we are blessed with a public park that offers 150 + acres of unspoiled snow to explore on skis and snowshoes.     A protected natural area, this urban environmental park abounds with wildlife, and the … Continue reading Harper Park offers winter enjoyment in your own backyard

Depave Project Benefits Otonabee/Harper Creek Watersheds

By Heather Ray – Depave Paradise Kicks Up Dust as Pavement Disappears in Peterborough!   The dust is starting to settle in Peterborough’s southwest end after the parking lot at local business, Wireless Solutions, underwent a major transformation. In early October, volunteers gathered at 1774 Lansdowne St. West to transform a section of pavement at … Continue reading Depave Project Benefits Otonabee/Harper Creek Watersheds

Citizenship Unleashed: A public meeting about…a new kind of public meeting

By Ben Wolfe, Cheryl  Lyon, Ian Attridge, Cam Douglas – What if we could reawaken citizenship, right here in Peterborough, so that it’s alive with possibility – and we actually feel like co-creators , restored to creative power in the neighbourhoods and communities we live in? Want to come and try something new?  A group of citizens … Continue reading Citizenship Unleashed: A public meeting about…a new kind of public meeting

Community-Based Art: Are we ready to be “Open to Change”?

By Kim Zippel – In her recent blog post on this site, local artist Deb Reynolds lamented the lack of public art in the southend of Peterborough.  And there is no doubt that in comparison to other wards, we are lacking in iconic symbolism, like the airplane at the zoo, or expressions of local culture such … Continue reading Community-Based Art: Are we ready to be “Open to Change”?

What If You Had $20,000 to spend on your neighbourhood…

By Cheryl Lyon – Get ready, Otonabee Ward! PB is coming! No, not peanut butter and jam but Participatory Budgeting. That’s a tongue-twister so let’s just call it “PB.” And $20,000 is on the table for us to decide how to use. Times are a’changin’.  People want more direct say in how our City Council … Continue reading What If You Had $20,000 to spend on your neighbourhood…