I was talking with Diana Ruiz, Public Affairs Manager for the Riverside – Corona Resource Conservation District about a variety of opportunitiesÂ our rich natural environment provides for showing what the true nature of social capital looks like when we measure theÂ impact on quality of life and economic development.
Ralph Nunez, Riverside’s Parks and Recreation Director and Alisa Sramala the Trails Coordinator are well aware of the potential economic advantage a vibrant trails network could contribute to Riverside’s economy.Â There’s a lot of work to do and unfortunately much of it is geared to keeping the wheels on the wagon of delivering current park & rec programs.
The Friends Of Riverside’s Hills a long timeÂ advocate for trails and preserving and restoring our vibrant natural habitat has taken the lead on this project. With the Santa Ana River Trail project being adopted, a number of groups involved in education, health care, environment and recreation are beginning to imagine the possibility of a well used, conveniently connectedÂ network of trails.
This is something fairly easy to implement. It’sÂ low cost and returns an appreciating high value community asset.Â It’s no accident the focus ofÂ UCR’s Medical School will be on raising community health outcomes. Increasing recreational options and making them easy to access is a first step toward positive health outcomes for all of us. Move it or lose it still applies when it comes to our health.
I’m told the Riverside Metropolitan Museum is developing a program for citizen scientists. I wonder how it could turn out if some of them were interested in helping to map and record the necessary data to make this a reality? When I think of turning ‘places into spaces’, this is one of the best ways we have to demonstrate what “Seizing Our Destiny” looks like.
Arlington High School just took first place at the 2010 International Canon Envirothon Championships. They are five time state champs. That tells me something about our social capital. We’re already engaged, energized and effective.
It gets even better.Â Samantha Wilson, UCR’s Undergraduate Coordinator for Research in Community is actively looking for neighborhood/cityÂ projects to match with interested students and faculty advisors. We have a living breathing think tank for citizen initiated and implemented projects designed to expand our quality of life.
I think somebody let the genie out of the bottle when they called it Seizing Our Destiny. Either that or we’re starting to get a lot better talking about what’s wanted and needed right now.
What are we supposed to be happy about??? Well the good news is that it’s pretty much whatever you say.Â In case you need to get a grip, here are a few pointers on how to be happy. Take a look.
Chancellor Timothy White and Dr. Karen White extend an invitation to join them for an open house Monday, October 11, 2010,Â 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
The Chancellor’s residence is at 4171 Watkins Dr. This open house is exclusively for the friends and neighbor’s of the UCR campus.
Please RSVP by October 4th, Tammy Giglio, 951-824-4665, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a little insight on relationship building that often results in our built environment forever changing our natural one. Read more from the San Bernardino Sun
There’s an initiative to formalize neighborhood groups coming to council Tuesday, May 25th. It’s agenda item 34
Neighborhood invited to celebrate with Sustainable UCR at a low-key, acoustic concert to culminate our Earth Week events. The acoustic concert will be on Friday, AprilÂ 23, from 5-8 PM at our community garden, called “The Growve” off of Watkins Drive.
The concert is calledÂ “GrooveÂ at the Growve” and there will be no amplified sound. AnyoneÂ from the neighborhood is welcome to attend, and it is free. (AnyoneÂ is also welcome toÂ join our community garden orÂ attend any of our Earth WeekÂ events, and they are all free). We don’t want to do anything that would upset the neighbors.Our goal is toÂ create a sense of community, where everyone feels empowered to change theÂ world.
You can check out http://sustainableucr.webs.com for Earth WeekÂ events.Included are several workshops on composting, energy conservation, sustainABLE living, and a food systems workshop, as well as tree planting, and other interactive demonstrations.
Please contact email@example.com if you have questions.
In the meantime, let’s celebrate the milestone of creating a wonderful community asset in just over one year.Â Very inspiring!
It’s just around the corner. The 2010 Riverside Neighborhood Conference is coming up.
Find out how neighborhoods are recreating, reinventing and restoring themselves using a new model for profit.
It’s called “social capital”.Â This is an all day conversation worth having right now, don’t you think?
Thanks for voting. I particularly want to acknowledge the support from the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership board members in getting the word out.
As a result of forwarding our Request For Your Vote notice for our neighborhood, we’reÂ establish a network of Riverside neighborhood community gardening info.
Pat Silvestri, Green Team board member for community and home gardening goddess, will be representing the Wood Streets Green Team at Growcology’s vegetable gardening workshop Saturday.
If you are interested in joining a Green Team community garden working group, please contact Pat directly, firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the way, the Green Team is being featured at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting as one of the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership’s (RNP) neighborhood success stories. I think one of the biggest successes is how it’s created an opening for these types of connections citywide.
Thanks for voting. I really appreciate the support from the RNP board members in getting the word out. In posting this notice for our neighborhood, I ran across several other grant opportunities offered by corporate partners. Many of these offerings are PR initiatives designed for social networking connections to build or support brand awareness.
We all know there’s too much corporate money out there, nevertheless, we’ll be happy to take some of it off their hands and leverage it into something far more valuable than money. At the very least we’ll invent a far richer standard for profit.