Programming and Services for Youth in North Kingston Parks: A Community Assessment
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This study addresses the programming and service needs of children and youth in the Rideau Heights and Marker’s Acres neighbourhoods of Kingston, Ontario. A brief document review of community needs and assets showed that while these neighbourhoods have experienced issues such as social conflict and geographic isolation, they also have strong networks, abundant green space, and community leaders who are committed to improving the area. This is particularly important for the provision of services to children and youth, because they tend to be influenced by the neighbourhoods in which they live. An inventory of parks and community organizations serving youth provided an overview of the physical and organizational assets that exist within the study area, as well as potential organizations that can be partnered with in the future to improve service delivery for youth. Finally, interviews with key informants confirmed the results of the document review and inventories and provided additional context on programming and services for youth in Rideau Heights and Marker’s Acres, particularly factors that prevent youth from participating in programs. Key directions for moving forward include promoting partnerships between the City of Kingston and other service providers, strategically locating youth facilities near parks, and involving youth in program development.