This was a project to provide a venue for local residents to go “camping” in their own neighbourhood during a time when travel, outdoor use, and socializing opportunities were all limited. Although the idea of a picnic table is nothing new, by placing it in a nice outdoor setting where people can use it, we created an opportunity for safe outdoor socializing that was otherwise lacking. Small interventions in public space like this can go a long way towards giving residents practical access to outdoor space and opportunities for connecting with neighbours–two things that can promote well-being. And, right now, can’t we all use a bit more of that?
If you’d like to make your own picnic table, here are some simple instructions you can use: http://greatneighbourhood.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Picnic-Table-Assembly-Instructions.pdf