For a second year, Councillor Sam Austin is running a fun initiative to distribute his allotted District Capital Funds. What is it, you ask? Councillor Austin wants you, the residents of Dartmouth Centre, to vote to give funding to the local projects you’re passionate about. Which is why we need your help! We have a project and we need your support.

What is the Museum’s project?

We want to make both the Evergreen and Quaker House gardens destinations for community members like you! We want to make both spaces healthy and available for interpretation purposes, and to open the gardens up to the public for use as a green space. Our volunteers and staff put a lot of love and care into the Quaker House gardens this past summer, but it will require on-going upgrades and regular maintenance.

The Evergreen property had not been tended to in many years prior to this summer, but we have bigger dreams for it.  We would like to build a 10 X 16 garden shed that will be used both for garden maintenance storage and experiential programming space. We also plan to install a half-moon patio and shade awning at the rear of Evergreen to provide a comfortable space for the community and to extend our regular summer season. As well as creating a space for museum visitors, a patio would be a venue for community events and museum fundraising. A patio would also require immediate work on an accessible pathway to allow safe passage from Newcastle Street to the back of Evergreen with access to the lower property staged over the following years as funding is secured. Because of the terrain, the pathway would include both ramps and steps.

How can you help?

On Tuesday, November 6, we invite all residents of District 5 to come and support the Museum! Yes, all residents – school aged children, permanent residents etc. Bring your neighbours! Voting will take place from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Findlay Community Centre. The room will be set up expo/science fair style with a small table for each community group.

If you have any questions or want to get involved? Contact us!