Bonavista’s Young Visionaries


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The design team spent most of today meeting with the local youth group, BAYNet, for some hands on visioning activities and a Q&A session at the Ryan Premises. In the morning, we met with a group of 8-12 year olds at the BAYNet headquarters. We talked about architecture and town planning and asked the group to draw a picture of their favourite place in Bonavista and what they would love to see in Bonavista. The results were fantastic with ideas for a skateboard park, swimming pool, splash pad, bowling alley, ice skating rink and of course, a roller coaster. We spent the afternoon with the youth leaders, all residents of Bonavista. We took a walk through town and talked about life as a young person in the community – where people hang out, what is working, what needs improvement, and what opportunities there are for the next generation in this changing outport community. We learned so much and are ready to take this input and start sketching, writing, and working through our design questions for the remainder of the week.

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