Oppenheimer users plan future

Downtown Eastside residents gather around the table in the Oppenheimer Park field house to map the neighbourhood's assets: (left to right) Fred Popovish, Rocky D, Wendy Pederson, Nick, Jean Swanson and Rudolf.

Downtown Eastside residents gather around the table in the Oppenheimer Park field house to map the neighbourhood's assets: (left to right) Fred Popovich, Rocky D, Wendy Pedersen, Nick, Jean Swanson and Rudolf.

While dozens of Japantown Celebration-goers explored the historic sites around Oppenheimer Park this morning, Downtown Eastside residents were gathered around a table in the park’s field house working out the elements of a new community plan for the neighbourhood.

The mapping project, organized the Carnegie Community Action Project, is inviting residents to map the best places to get food, finding housing or find services as part of a community planning process built from the ground up. Organizer Wender Pedersen says a desire to see the share of low-income housing protected at about 70 percent of the total stock — the current level — is one emerging theme.

Ten mapping sessions have been completed so far. The results will be presented to the planning department as part of a community challenge to the city to hear residents’ wishes.