Urban Studies students get a close-up view of the revitalization of Regent Park
On a sunny November 11, 2014, INI 437Y: Experiential Learning in Toronto & the GTA students went on a field trip to Regent Park to learn more about the community and the large scale revitalization currently underway. We first met at the TD Centre of Learning in Regent Park – a partnership of organizations that help to provide adult learning opportunities, computer access, workshops and a community gathering space – to learn about the centre and the programs it offers. We then proceeded on a walking tour of the neighbourhood, along with Ms. Sureya Ibrahim, Community Engagement Worker in Regent Park – and toured along the streets to examine and discuss the aquatic centre, newly renovated Nelson Mandela Public School, upcoming athletic grounds and community centre, and the recently opened Christian Resource Centre. Along the way we had a chance to interact with not one but two friendly crossing guards, community policemen who stopped by to say hello, and others. The class ended our short field trip with a better understanding of the physical and social changes that have taken place in the community, and a class photo on Regent Street.
By Shauna Brail, Director, Urban Studies Experiential Program