Isles Community Planning & Development team works with residents to envision and realize a healthier, safer, more beautiful future for their neighborhoods. From community planning to developing new homes to activating underutilized spaces with recreational events, gardens, and parklets, it's all about helping people think about and experience places more positively.
Places affect mental health, physical health, and an overall sense of well-being, so it's critical that the places that define people's daily landscapes meet their needs and feel welcoming to them. This summer, we've been working on projects across the city that help us meet our mission of fostering self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable
-- and beautiful! -- communities.
As you'll read about below, we spent the past three weeks engaging children at our first-ever urban agriculture-themed Camp Carrot, which introduced kids to healthy cooking, nutrition, and STEAM activities set in parks and gardens that we manage.
In July, we installed Trenton's third parklet on Brunswick Avenue. We're proud that our parklets and streetscape work have inspired the City of Trenton to develop new regulations that will make it easier for others to undertake similar projects.
We continue to collaborate with stakeholders to bring the downtown
Creek to Canal Creative District
to life. At National Night Out, our event featured the
Trenton Art Puzzle
, a public art project led by local artists and members of the Trenton Community A-Team, an arts collective. The Trenton Art Puzzle project and the A-Team are two of fifteen recipients of Community & Arts grants
from the I am Trenton foundation (IAT) made possible by Isles with NJ Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit funding.
And beginning this month, we're engaging the community as part of an EPA-funded planning effort in East Trenton. Together, we're developing recommendations for how the adaptive reuse of brownfields along the Assunpink Greenway can benefit the entire neighborhood. Stay tuned!