Kudos to our partner, Davis Child Care, for educating the youth about the importance of healthy foods and gardening! Young friends at Davis Child Care have been learning about the process in which a little seed turns into a plant. The children have been taking the time to learn how to care for the plants. After the planet grows, the children also get to enjoy and taste what they have grown as a reward! Davis Child Care in Oshkosh understands the importance of growing the love of outdoors and tasty foods!
Safe Routes to Parks (SRTP) is the National Recreation and Parks Association’s campaign to implement environmental, policy, and program strategies that create safe and equitable access to parks for all people. These strategies align with the goals of the 10-Minute Walk campaign and are great tools and resources to increase access and safe walking connections to parks. re:TH!NK’s Active Communities team adopted the SRTP framework as a way to increase the number of Winnebago County residents using active transportation (biking/walking/public transit) to access low/ no cost local recreational facilities.
After the team surveyed residents to determine which parks were of high priority to access by walking and bicycling, the team began testing out SRTP audit tools. For the past two years, SRTP pilot audits have been conducted to determine what audit tool components will best suit the needs of Winnebago County residents. The team wanted to find a tool that would be the easiest for interested residents to use while still would capture important data needed to compile recommendations that would be shared with municipal staff and elected officials.
Team members enlisted the help of UW Oshkosh student and residents of the Stevens Park Neighborhood Association to test different SRTP audit tools and six SRTP audits have been conducted through June 2019. The audits look at park access, i.e. the biking and walking built infrastructure of the areas surrounding parks, not necessarily at the park amenities themselves.
The team compiled SRTP summary reports for each neighborhood around prioritized parks. The two audits conducted in summer 2019 were compiled by Area Health Education Center intern and Oshkosh resident Kiley Klauer as part of her internship with the Winnebago County Health Department. (Thank you Kiley!) These pilot audits helped the team create a customized SRTP audit tool that will be shared with resident groups and stakeholders in the coming months.
Click the links below to review recommendations for improved active transportation access to parks in Winnebago County:
Thank you to East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) for being a long-term and loyal partner of re:TH!NK. ECWRPC has done a lot of work with re:THINK’s Active Communities and Social Connectedness teams, especially in our latest project. ECWRPC staff Tyler DeBruin and Ashley Tracy from the Safe Routes to School program helped tremendously to make the pop-up crosswalk happen on 5th Avenue and Knapp Street in the Sacred Heard Neighborhood of Oshkosh. Tyler also co-presented at the 2019 Wisconsin Public Health Association conference about re:TH!NK’s whole experience with the pop-up crosswalk project. His technical expertise was a tremendous asset and contributed to the success of the project.
Big kudos to Alana Erickson for taking the lead on coordinating several community book reads throughout Winnebago County! So far, there has been a community book read in Neenah with 8 participants, Winneconne with 7 participants, and Oshkosh with 6 participants. re:TH!NK is still interested in hosting a discussion in Menasha and Omro. (If you want to partner email: firstname.lastname@example.org). re:TH!NK has received 30 donated books and has had 38 requests to borrow the book! Through the 3 events hosted so far, there has been 22 attendees at the book discussions. re:TH!NK has five major partners involved in the book reads and is currently looking for more!
Through the events so far, 14 of the event attendees stated that they met at least one new person at the event, so we’re actively building social connections! If you missed it, the featured book was Palaces for the People by Eric Klinenberg. The book introduces the notion that shared spaces can improve our health and happiness, and are vital to communities. The goal of the community book reads is to raise awareness about the concepts and work of the re:TH!NK Social Connectedness Team right here in Winnebago County. Thank you Alana for your work with the Team and taking time to organize the book reads!
Learn more about the book reads here!
We are excited to focus our upcoming re:TH!NK Workshop on the topic of social connectedness, featuring Paul Born of the Tamarack Institute. Our workshops are a way to provide focused learning on important topics our coalition members find value in. This free event is open to anyone interested in learning more about this topic who are connected to a variety of community stakeholders working together to create change.
When: Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 8:15 AM to 4:00 PM CDT
Where: UW-Oshkosh, Reeve Memorial Union
748 Algoma Boulevard
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Paul Born, President of the Tamarack Institute and co-founder of Vibrant Communities will be one of the content experts and our main guide throughout the day. As director of Vibrant Communities, Paul helps cities and local leaders develop and implement large-scale change initiatives through learning networks.
re:TH!NK’s Social Connectedness team has been learning about social connectedness, who is most impacted by disconnectedness, and the impact of social support on health outcomes because people aren’t connecting in-person where they live. Over the last two years support has been building to deepen our understanding on how social connections impact the health of our residents and their ability to be engaged in their community.
re:TH!NK has also been working with POINT (Poverty Outcomes and Improvement Network Team) for the past year. “Family Support and Social Connectedness” is one of POINT’s four key drivers of poverty. This learning session represents their first deep learning into the topic and how it intersects with poverty. Thank you POINT for partnering with re:TH!NK on this awesome workshop!
Come explore this topic with us, understand what’s happening locally, and learn what we can do as individuals, organizations, and communities to create more opportunities for connection.
View Paul Born’s keynote presentation and follow-up webinar at the links below:
A temporary crosswalk has “popped up” at the corner of 5th Avenue and Knapp Street in Oshkosh. A pop-up is a resident-led approach to neighborhood building using short-term, low-cost and scale-able interventions to catalyze long-term change. Residents of Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association have identified this intersection as sometimes difficult and unsafe to cross. This intersection is close to Franklin Elementary School, Stoegbauer Park and St. Jude Catholic Church, places where children and families frequently go.
The goals of this temporary demonstration project are:
- Hear from residents about the real-world use of streets and public spaces
- Engage community members in activities that impact issues they’ve identified
- Test aspects of a project before making large financial investments
- Encourage people to work together in new ways, strengthening relationships between residents, non-profits, local businesses, and government agencies
Did you experience the pop-up crosswalk? Share your thoughts about it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/popupcrosswalk
The pop-up crosswalk will only be up through May 8, 2019 so make sure to check it out next time you’re out and about. Search #reTHINKcrosswalks on Facebook for additional project info!
This project could not have happened with out so many community partners combined efforts. Thank you to Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association, St. Jude the Apostle, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Safe Routes to School program, Art City Wraps, Uptown, Oshkosh Storm Companies, Growing Oshkosh, UW Oshkosh Sociology and Geography Departments, and the City of Oshkosh.