The Central Park community has been experiencing higher levels of violence that are linked to the meth crisis and other causes rooted in poverty and marginalization. A group of concerned neighbourhood residents started organizing in the summer of 2018, with the hope to start a community foot patrol to increase safety in Central Park.
The group was supported by Central Neighbourhoods and other local stakeholders in their organizing. Together we held a Central Park Community Safety Meeting on January 28, 2019. The consultation confirmed that many of the concerns identified by the group are widely shared in the community, and participants showed great support towards the foot patrol initiative.
The group has now incorporated into the CPFP Central Park Foot Patrol Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors in the community, by providing programs, services, and opportunities for social interaction that contribute to the overall well-being and a sense of community to all.
The Foot Patrol is starting on May 3, and will be running Fridays and Saturday between 7 and 10 PM.
CPFP is looking for volunteers who would like to offer their time to walk in the community on a regular or casual basis. Volunteers are provided with orientation training and might be able to access formal training opportunities, depending on funding availability.
If you wish to find out more, please connect with Ed at 204-291-3973, or contact Central Neighbourhoods at 204-802-2063.