Hello Duranders,

Fall is here, school is back and we may find ourselves somewhat busier than we were a few months ago.  The DNA is no different and there is much going on in our neighbourhood; here’s a start with our top 4 fall projects to get your feet wet.

Durand Park Revitalization

The Durand Park Revitalization is underway and work will continue until November and then resume in April 2016. Alpine Green Landscaping will start with grading of the open space which will allow for our ice rink to be operational once we get snow.  They will then continue to move from south to north and the last installation will be the splash pad.  We have been assured that this will be operation for our youngsters in June.  Please see the link below for more information:




“Durand 101” – Learn about your Neighbourhood

The Durand Neighbourhood Association in partnership with our Ward 2 Community Animators will be hosting “Durand 101”.  This session is open to all Duranders, but is geared to those who are new to the community or those Duranders who are not members but  would like to learn about the Association, join and or take a more active role.  The date will be in October (still to be determined) and will be held at the YWCA on MacNab Street.  Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks.

Durand Built Heritage Inventory.

Staff and ERA Architects have completed Phase 1 of the project which included identification and analysis of primary and secondary sources, studies and all other relevant information (photos, maps, etc. ) regarding the origins and evolution of Durand as well as preliminary field investigation and identification of the Durand sub areas.

Phase 2 includes a public consultation to prepare a Historic Context Statement.  This meeting will be held in early November.  Duranders will be asked about their perceptions of Durand, how the area is used and the places and areas that are valued by the community including those of social and cultural value.  This will lead help to develop the Historic Context Statement which will include a historical overview, thematic analysis , the attributes of each sub area and citizens comments gained from the public consultation.

We encourage you to come to this very import session to help us develop our Built Heritage Inventory. Date and location TBA.

You can begin your participation now by completing the Durand Neighbourhood Survey.

SAVE THE DATE: Annual General Meeting (Nov. 17, 7 – 9 pm)

The Annual General Meeting usually held in October will move to mid November.  The tentative date is Tuesday, November 17th, from 7pm-9pm.  The location is also still pending.  However we have a very special presentation on a very interesting and important project that we are working on to better preserve our Durand neighbourhood.