OurSquamish is a community non-profit dedicated to enhancing Squamish’s urban public spaces for a lively, inclusive, sustainable, safe & healthy Squamish. Through people-driven projects, education, and advocacy, OurSquamish is committed to building equitable public spaces that support the diversity of our community.
OurSquamish formed in the Spring of 2019 when a small group of Squamish residents saw that, while we are surrounded by amazing natural spaces, our urban public spaces (think: streets, sidewalks, parks etc.) where we spend much of our daily lives, could better serve the people that live here.
With experience in building, painting, and gardening, they gathered some discarded pallets, bought a few cans of paint, and built a temporary corner seating area: OurSquamish’s first act of placemaking. People loved it!
Our very first installation! From a couple of discarded pallets, a temporary seating area was made at the corner of Winnipeg St. & 2nd Ave, Downtown Squamish.
They have gone on to build more benches and public seating, host community events, provide pop-up patios, paint murals, build planters, install bike racks, advocate for public spaces, and provide people with opportunities to create the community around them. Through prioritizing the human experience in our shared spaces, from providing safe spaces for people walking, rolling, and biking, to areas to play and relax, to urban greenery and public art, we create a healthier, happier community.
Looking to the future, we’re excited to build our team and keep collaborating with our neighbours to make Squamish's urban public spaces better for us all.
What is placemaking?
Public spaces are of high importance in every community. These are the spaces used for daily travel, recreation, gathering with others, and even for the seemingly mundane utilities and infrastructure needed in cities. Public spaces are challenged to meet the needs of many diverse users, and because of this, it can be difficult to create public spaces that are not only useful but are inclusive of the diversity of people present in our communities.
"Placemaking inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community. Strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, placemaking refers to a collaborative process by which we can shape our public realm in order to maximize shared value. More than just promoting better urban design, placemaking facilitates creative patterns of use, paying particular attention to the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a place and support its ongoing evolution." - Project for Public Spaces
Transformative & vibrant
Flexible & adaptive
Inclusive & accessible