Global citizen-led festival empowers residents to inspire change in cities by turning creative ideas into interventions on Saturday, June 3, 2017
HAMILTON, ONTARIO (May 31, 2017) – For the third year, Hamiltonians share their vision for a better city through more than 100 urban activations on Saturday, June 3, 2017 during the annual 100In1Day hosted by Evergreen. The city-wide festival is a fun, inclusive way to focus on the role of people and public spaces, demonstrating how small citizen-led changes can make big improvements to cities. This year, Hamilton is joined by Edmonton, London and Ottawa as part of the global citizen engagement event. The activities are free to attend or participate.
On Saturday June 3, Hamilton neighbourhoods come alive with more than 125 interactive urban activations created and led by residents, community groups, businesses and local organizations. The city-wide interventions showcase how one action, from celebrating greenspace in parking lots, making climbing towers accessible for those with mobility challenges and generating community art projects, can spark an idea that creates more flourishing cities. This year’s one-day initiative features a new Intergenerational Game Day, among other events that engage seniors to participate in building a thriving Hamilton.
“Everyone has a role to play in community building,” says Jay Carter, Hamilton Program Manager with Evergreen. “The 100In1Day event is an opportunity for the public to test and experiment with social change, illustrating how one-day can launch an initiative that transforms and benefits an entire city.”
Carter is lead curator at Evergreen’s Storefront on 294 James St. North, a shared community space that provides a meeting place and engagement tools for residents, community groups and anchor institutions. This year, Evergreen has hosted 25 workshops for more than 500 participants to help generate ideas for the festival.
Some of the 2017 Hamilton highlights for 100In1Day include:
- Intergenerational Game Day brings together seniors and children to play large-scale board games like chess, checkers and snakes & ladders. The Butterfly Project promotes healthy aging where participants can contribute ideas through art on how to make Hamilton a better place. Both events at Gore Park.
- Colour your Kenilworth aims to bring vibrancy to the Kenilworth neighbourhood by creating temporary community art on a vacant lot. Depave Paradise is a community work bee to protect water quality by removing impermeable asphalt and liberate soil on Kenilworth Avenue North.
- Friendly Streets Hamilton imagines a safe walking and cycling area on Wentworth Street North towards Eva Rothwell Centre as part of Turn Wentworth into a Friendly Street.
- The 40-foot Alpine Tower at McMaster University is accessible to all at the Hamilton Accessible Climb-a-thon. Individuals with power chairs can access the base of the tower and climb more than half of its height.
- Bark in the Park at Churchill Park celebrates the benefits of human-animal connection.
For more information and hours of these urban interventions, visit: https://100in1day.ca/hamilton/
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