Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Bonshaw Hills Public Lands Subcommittee Recognized

In conjunction with World Town Planning Day, the Prince Edward Island Association of Planners announced today the recipient of the 2017 Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award. The annual Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award is offered in memory of the late Murray Pinchuk. The award recognizes an individual, group, or organization that has, through their outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action, demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making their Prince Edward Island community a better place today and for the future in a way that touches on either the built or natural environment. 
This year’s winner is the Bonshaw Hills Public Lands Subcommittee for efforts to establish the popular provincial park and for developing a management plan for the park properties. Brian Thompson and Megan Harris, co-chairs of the subcommittee, were recognized on behalf of the Subcommittee members. 
 “The Prince Edward Island Association of Planners would like to recognize the deserving groups who were nominated this year for their work to make our province’s built and natural environments better for their communities as a whole,” said Alex Forbes, president of the PEI Association of Planners. “This year, we want to recognize the Bonshaw Hills Public Lands Subcommittee for their work to create a park that will be enjoyed by Island families for generations to come.”
The Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award recognizes the highest standard of community building excellence in the public and private realms. This may include excellence in lifelong service, innovative or accessible site design, promoting land use planning in their community, or any other exemplary achievement enhancing the interaction between people and their environment. 
ABOUT THE BONSHAW HILLS PUBLIC LANDS SUBCOMMITTEE:
Since December 2012, the 16 members of the Bonshaw Hills Public Lands Committee (BHPLC), representing various government and non-government organizations, have provided guidance on the development and protection of valuable public lands in the Bonshaw area.
In October, 2013 the BHPLC presented a report to Government, "Recommendations for the Conservation of Public Lands, Bonshaw - New Haven".  This report outlined 20 recommendations to government on the long-term protection and management of environmentally sensitive lands in the Bonshaw Hills.
A subcommittee has been working together since January 2014 to implement many of the recommendations contained within the report, including the creation of a 600-acre, four-season park that provides linkages between Strathgartney and Bonshaw.  
  •     Through a partnership with CyclingPEI, more than 26 kilometres of multi-use trail has been constructed within the park, and a natural playground has also been constructed. 
  •     As recommended by the committee, the parkland has been protected through the Natural Areas Protection Act (NAPA).


The project was selected for the award in recognition of the breadth and scope of the management plan, which outlined a range of broad values and goals, as well as the quality of the implementation process. The management plan provides an effective example of how a multi-objective exercise can be undertaken and implemented, and the popularity of the park speaks to the balance achieved in providing active recreation opportunities for the community at large while allowing for the protection of a large natural area.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Nominations Open - 2017 Community Builder


Nominations are now open for the 2017 Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award. Nomination forms can be found here. The deadline for submissions is October 13, 2017.




Friday, September 22, 2017

Conference Fast Approaching

The 2017 Atlantic Planners Institute conference is now less than a week away and the PEI planning committee is looking forward to welcoming everyone to Charlottetown.

For full conference details, visit www.atlanticplanners.org.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Call for conference presentations now open

Conference planning is well underway. For full details on the 2017 API-PEIAP conference, taking place in Charlottetown September 27-29, visit atlanticplanners.org.

The conference committee is accepting proposals for conference presentations until April 28, 2017.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Save the date

The PEI Association of Planners, in association with the Atlantic Planners Institute, is pleased to announce that the 2017 API conference will take place in Charlottetown from September 27-29, 2017.

Stay tuned for more information on the conference theme and the call for presentation submissions.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Charlottetown Parks & Rec Winner of 2016 Pinchuk Community Builder Award

The Charlottetown Parks and Recreation Department has been selected as the winner of the 2016 P.E.I. Association of Planners Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award for its vegetable planter program.

The Murray Pinchuk Community Builder Award is a local award presented by the P.E.I. Association of Planners to recognize an individual, group or organization that has through their outstanding volunteerism or exemplary action demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to making their community a better place today and for the future. The award is presented annually on or around November 8, which is World Town Planning Day.


In 2010, the Parks and Recreation Department planted tomatoes instead of flowers in the center of the existing planters at Victoria Park. Since 2011, all of the planters have been filled with vegetables. Currently, there are 10 planters at Victoria Park, some at different heights to accommodate users. One is a lasagna bed, where the turf is covered with cardboard and then layers of green and brown compost are added to the bed and left to decompose creating a nutrient rich organic bed with little effort. All of the planters are tended by Parks and Recreation horticulture staff.


Each year, the department has planted new and interesting vegetables, such as okra and broccolini. The produce in the vegetable planters is available for public use. In 2016, three vegetable planters were placed in Orlebar Park. Local residents have been involved in the maintenance and harvesting vegetables.


 More planters will be filled with vegetables in additional locations next summer.


City of Charlottetown Parkland Conservationist Beth Hoar accepted the award from the P.E.I. Association of Planners on behalf of the Parks and Recreation Department.


Food security is one of the goals under the City’s sustainability plan. The vegetable planter initiative has evolved to include community outreach, such as the Gardening in Small Spaces Workshops and National Garden Days and it is now an inter-departmental City initiative.