Pocket Parks, and Kids’ Programs

Pocket Parks, and Kids’ Programs

It might not feel intuitive to think about children as part of university life, but every day hundreds of kids bring vitality and energy to the UBC campus.

Our vibrant work-learn-live community includes members of all ages and in the last year, a number of spaces, policies and programs have been designed to ensure that UBC provides an exceptional place for kids to live, learn, play and thrive.

This year, UBC updated its Child Care Expansion Plan to ensure that the university addresses child care needs for our growing community. As part of this, the Wesbrook Community Centre will welcome a new 49-space daycare in 2020.

UBC’s outdoor spaces are also designed to provide an abundance of opportunities to nurture the wellbeing and growing minds of young residents through outdoor play and exploring nature. UBC’s Wesbrook neighbourhood will soon welcome a fifth pocket park among the housing, in addition to being only a hop, skip and jump away from UBC’s community gardens, The UBC Farm, The Botanical Garden, and the Nitobe traditional Japanese garden.

On the community programming side, popular programs such as UTown@UBC KidsFit, Walk n’ Roll to School, and the Nature Club at Beaty Museum were joined by some exciting new offerings and events for kids and their families. The UTown@UBC Baby Senior Singalong, which began as a community grant project, brings together young-at-heart residents of the Tapestry retirement community with parents and toddlers for a bi-weekly meeting of singing, socializing and snacking. And with support from UBC’s Campus and Community Planning department, the AMS Bie Co-op was able to launch a new Kids Bike Library that exchanges or adapts bikes that kids have outgrown so they can have a better fitting ride.

Kids on bikes and other wheels were a common sight of the newly created Car Free Morning, an event that supports the Walk n’ Roll to School program by reclaiming the street in front of a local school for fun and learning rather than cars. Similarly, the Kids Takeover UBC event gave kids adult-sized roles in a fun-filled arts festival, proving that when it comes to creating a lively, fun and connected community at UBC, kids rule.