Resilient Circle of Green
Bowmanville Valleys 2000 Inc.
$24,500 (over 4 months)
Grant Stream: Prosperous Greenbelt
Grant Approved: June 24, 2019
Bowmanville Valleys 2000, in partnership with the Town of Clarington and with support from the Greenbelt Foundation, is developing and installing a series of educational trail signs and digital wayfinding stations that run along the Bowmanville and Soper Creek river valleys (two of 21 Greenbelt-protected urban river valleys), to facilitate self-guided learning and orientation. Visitors can use their smart phones to connect with the wayfinding stations and learn about the unique characteristics of the creeks, the ecological significance of the river valleys, the indigenous histories of the region, and about the Greenbelt and its connected watersheds. This project is part of a larger plan to connect trail systems between the Bowmanville and Soper Creek river valleys, and create a closed loop of navigable greenspace around the Town of Bowmanville.
Bowmanville Valleys 2000 is enhancing access to and user-experience of the greenspaces that surround Bowmanville by creating digital wayfinding stations that build community awareness of the Greenbelt-protected Bowmanville and Soper Creek river valleys.
Bowmanville Valleys 2000 is working with Near Field Communication Chips to develop the digital GPS wayfinding signage system that will be accessible on site through smartphones. During the installation of the wayfinding stations, as well as through restoration plantings, Valleys 2000 will engage volunteers for support. In partnership with the Town of Clarington, Valleys 2000 will also facilitate a valley tour in the Fall of 2019 during the grand opening of the Waterfront Trail link.