In association with the Mahogany Homeowner’s Association, an archway was constructed that redefines a beautiful but underused spot on the shore of Mahogany Lake into a space set aside for moments of solitude and reflection. As the first phase in the development of this meditation space, the archway demarcates the space and invites passersby to discover and enter it. This grant has catalyzed the critical step of bringing an envisioned space into concrete reality, solidifying the invested partnership of the Association that owns the land and of residents who will continue to co-create and animate the space.
Of the seven volunteers and 22 participants, a neighbourhood woodworker was thrilled for the opportunity to teach other volunteers several hand tool techniques and instilled newfound confidence in several rookies by encouraging them to trust our eye and hand – resulting in a truly co-created and handmade piece that residents feel personal connection to. He declared that sharing in the transformation of a public space for the common good had reignited his own sense of purpose in connection to the place he lives. The connections made and passions ignited came at the cost of $789.85.