By Ryan McGreal
Published December 07, 2009
Hamilton's Crown Point Community - the neighbourhood bounded by Gage Ave, Burlington St, Kenilworth Ave and Lawrence Rd - is like the city in microcosm: an interesting, challenging, and hopeful mix of vibrancy, poverty, incremental progress, optimism, frustration and potential. Also like the city as a whole, the most exciting initiatives are coming from engaged citizens rolling up their sleeves to transform their community.
A new website called The Crown Jewel is celebrating Crown Point's successes, highlighting its challenges, and serving as a point of organization for members of the community to get together and work toward improving the neighbourhood.
The neighbourhood includes such highlights as Ottawa Street, Gage Park and the Children's Museum. At the same time, it also has pockets of deep poverty and high unemployment; and the north end of the neighbourhood is subject to black soot and other industrial pollutants.
The Crown Point Community Planning Team is working hard to make the community more livable, more compassionate and more supportive. This includes projects ranging from a children's soccer league and the recent first annual Ottawa Street Christmas celebration to a weekly community dinner at Compass Point, a teen mom support group, and the "Property Elves" initiative, in which volunteers help local residents and businesses with exterior property maintenance, including gardening, painting, cleaning and repairs.
Santa and some of his Crown Point volunteers (Image Credit: The Crown Jewel)
Community building is time- and labour-intensive work, and the Crown Point Community team needs all the help they can get! If you live in the neighbourhood or just want to help, be sure to contact the organizers and find out how you can get involved.
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