Our second installment of Make Date finds a collaboration with our good friend, Janice Wong. Janice is a Service Designer and all around excellent human currently based in Chicago, and we were thrilled to work with with her during her recent trip to Vancouver.
Oxford Park, an often neglected little space located just beside our studio, is home to a decommissioned wading pool full of moss, dirt, garbage and other unknowns. It was an obvious choice for our Make Date.
As we cleared the debris, a neighbour informed us that the pool had been shut down by The City of Vancouver years ago after some vandalism, and apparently the entire park started going downhill not long after that. According to her, Oxford Park used to be a gathering point for the neighbourhood kids, a place for summer fun.
After scraping the moss clean, collecting the garbage, and sweeping the ground free of waste, we painted a bright blue ring around the outer edge of the pool so as to match an existing play structure in the park. The ring serves a dual purpose: it adds some much needed colour to the park itself, while highlighting the now usable cement circle for the public to see.
Within the few short hours it took us to Make this Date, a number of neighbours – both adults and children – stopped by to let us know how happy they were to see it being cleaned up.
A good sign: Within just a day or two of the project, neighbourhood children began to draw with sidewalk chalk in the pool and a small, plastic basketball net was added. Over the two weeks since, we have seen several children playing in the space, and it has been kept clean so far.