Hillside Neighbourhood Entrance Feature

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Concept illustration of the entrance feature.

The City is constructing an entrance feature for the Hillside neighbourhood. The design was developed based on input from the community. The feature will be constructed in the spring of 2020. This is one of several projects to implement the Hillside Area Revitalization Plan. Other projects include decorative street sign toppers, new trails and boulevard tree planting.


BACKGROUND
In 2017, City Council adopted the Hillside Area Revitalization Plan.

The entrance feature is one of many initiatives for the neighbourhood identified in the plan. Other initiatives include: unique street signs, boulevard trees, and trails.


HOW WILL THE COMMUNITY BE ENGAGED?

The engagement plan for the Hillside neighbourhood entrance feature consists of two phases:

Stories - We are asking residents to share stories about the neighbourhood to tell us what they love about it and to share some of their favorite memories that happened here. The stories will be used to draw themes that will inspire the logo design.

Survey - Based on the themes from the stories, our designer will create three logos. A survey will be used to ask residents their thoughts about the different logo ideas. That feedback will be used to refine the ideas into a final logo. Our design team will also create three sign options and three landscaping options for the entrance feature for residents to vote on. The final design will be based on the feedback received from residents.

Note: The engagement plan originally included three phases. Phases 2 and 3 were combined to create a more efficient process.


The City is constructing an entrance feature for the Hillside neighbourhood. The design was developed based on input from the community. The feature will be constructed in the spring of 2020. This is one of several projects to implement the Hillside Area Revitalization Plan. Other projects include decorative street sign toppers, new trails and boulevard tree planting.


BACKGROUND
In 2017, City Council adopted the Hillside Area Revitalization Plan.

The entrance feature is one of many initiatives for the neighbourhood identified in the plan. Other initiatives include: unique street signs, boulevard trees, and trails.


HOW WILL THE COMMUNITY BE ENGAGED?

The engagement plan for the Hillside neighbourhood entrance feature consists of two phases:

Stories - We are asking residents to share stories about the neighbourhood to tell us what they love about it and to share some of their favorite memories that happened here. The stories will be used to draw themes that will inspire the logo design.

Survey - Based on the themes from the stories, our designer will create three logos. A survey will be used to ask residents their thoughts about the different logo ideas. That feedback will be used to refine the ideas into a final logo. Our design team will also create three sign options and three landscaping options for the entrance feature for residents to vote on. The final design will be based on the feedback received from residents.

Note: The engagement plan originally included three phases. Phases 2 and 3 were combined to create a more efficient process.


Tell your story

Hillside is a neighbourhood of Grande Prairie that is rich in history and character. Residents are asked to share stories about their experience living in Hillside. 

All the submissions will be read and repeating themes will be taken to help design a logo for the neighbourhood. The logo will be used on the entrance feature.

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    Hillside Community School - Grade 4 Student Story

    over 1 year ago

    I love Hillside because there are lots of trees and old houses. I like old houses more than modern ones. All the people are kind in Hillside. There’s less traffic. Sometimes you also can find deer. I love Hillside!!!!

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    Hillside Community School - Grade 4 Student Story

    over 1 year ago

    I think that Hillside is a very great neighborhood to live in because it has lots of great places to live. There are many trees and old houses which makes it a happy community for all. Living in Hillside makes you feel welcome no matter who you are. The Hillside Community School is an amazing school where you learn wonderful things for in the future. Hillside is amazing!

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    Hillside Community School - Grade 5 Student Story

    over 1 year ago

    I moved to Hillside a few months ago and I love it here. I love the lilac bushes, they are something I remember from long, long ago and they comfort me and when I smell them, I feel at home. The sledding hill at Hillside school is so much fun too and the playground is so much fun and I love Hillside school so much.

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    Hillside Community School - Grade 6 Student Story

    over 1 year ago

    When I first moved to Grande Prairie, everything looked so different. I had no idea where I was, and the only source of direction I had was my Mom. Besides, this was pretty much the first time I’d ever remember living in the City. I was so used to the country. But, as time went on, I began to warm up to the strange place. I began to recognize which street I was on, or at least the houses around me. The kids at school seemed friendly too. Everything started to become familiar, slowly but surely. I learned the houses... Continue reading

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    Hillside Community School - Grade 4/5 Student Story

    over 1 year ago

    Lots of trees (big ones!) and pretty flowers everywhere, and a big hill that I can play on. All the green is amazing and in the winter it is nice to go down the hill with magic carpets. A lot of patrollers makes me feel safe and the people in the area are kind.

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    Shared by Tom C via Facebook

    over 1 year ago

    I grew up in eastside I am still involved with east side neighborhood society it is a great place there are great people there with kind hearts they all want to be greater and better. 

    When I grew up there the hill was made after the addition to hilside school we played there all day in the winter on the hill and at night we played hockey and drank hot chocolate in the summer we road our bikes at vista village and play together everyone knew everyone and helped on another we cut grass and maid forts.

    A community that... Continue reading