To bring life and energy back to Bolton Camp, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) engaged and partnered with the Institute without Boundaries to host a series of charrettes in May, 2014. These charrettes engaged high school students, community members, civic and business leaders from Caledon and Peel region, as well as George Brown College students and graduates who worked together to develop new ways to revitalize Bolton Camp into a destination place for participants of all ages.
Over the course of two charrettes, more than 120 high-school students from Peel Region along with a number of professional stakeholders, advisors, and George Brown College faculty and alumni explored unique ways to revitalize and repurpose the historic Bolton Camp site. Using the existing site boundary, historical buildings and focusing on distinct themes ranging from urban agriculture to eco-recreation to guide our concept development, a number of innovative pilot projects were created.
Following the charrettes, over 60 part-time jobs were created by the TRCA to implement projects developed and two IwB charrette facilitators were hired to help oversee, organize and manage some of the work.
As a special projects cooridnator with the Institute without Boundaries I worked alongside TRCA and a small team from the IwB to develop the charrette briefs, organize, facilitate and document the charrette processes. I was also tasked with developing the final charrette report that was delivered to the TRCA.