CHEK Upside: Free lending hub opens at the Vancouver Street Plaza

CHEK Upside: Free lending hub opens at the Vancouver Street Plaza

Across from Royal Athletic Park sits the newest addition to the North Park neighbourhood.

It’s part of the North Park Neighbourhood Association’s plan to spruce up their community’s surroundings.

“This space has gone through a lot of different changes lately,” says association member Sean Kahill.

“We’ve got the tiny homes and then we’re sort of putting up murals and stuff like that trying to enliven it a little bit,” adds Kahill.

That’s why with the help of a federal government grant they’ve opened the North Park Lending Hub. It’s a free library stocked with everything from board games to air for bicycle tires.

“The Lending Hub is part of that initiative to make the place a welcoming area for everyone,” says Kahill.

“You can borrow games, we’ve got tools, just more or less things we think that the community might enjoy,” adds Kahill.

The space is already helping to bring community members from all walks of life together.

“A lot of people have come by who don’t want to borrow things but they want to give us stuff,” says volunteer Alan.

“We’ve gotten quite a few donations so it’s working,” adds Alan.

“People are very interested, they want to know what it’s all about and what they can get involved in it,” says fellow volunteer Colleen McTaggart.

The Lending Hub is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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