Ivanhoe Community Park
Harris Park provides a supervised and structured environment for empowering youth to develop self-esteem, basic life skills, respect for the rights of others and property, all through sport, fitness, cultural, and educational programming. Initially focusing on youth and sport, HP will be able to draw in the parents, siblings, grandparents, relatives, and friends of the young people. HP will then offer specific programming to address the needs and interests of Ivanhoe adults/neighbors. HP intends to have a significant, positive impact on improving the lives and aspirations for all the citizens of the Ivanhoe Neighborhood.
HP has developed offerings to adhere to objectives as set out by the article “Urban Parks as Partners in Youth Development” by Margery Austin Turner, in The Urban Institute/Wallace Foundation Brief, The Urban Institute Beyond Recreation – A Broader View of Urban Parks.
The article concludes that “to realize their full potential as community resources for youth development, community parks can and should go beyond recreation.”
By initially meeting the developmental needs of Ivanhoe youth, we believe that we will establish a solid foundation to extend our services and to impact to the broader Ivanhoe adult community. HP will provide the following personal development opportunities for the Ivanhoe Youth.