The Roxborough Greenbelt is 3 hectares of greenspace bordering Junction Creek in a downtown neighbourhood. After three years of community effort, the Roxborough Greenbelt became a natural park in 2009.
Friends of the Roxborough Greenbelt are neighbours and friends who worked to protect this special natural area, and now care for it with plantings and clean ups. We also get together for neighbourhood activities like egg hunts, Hallowe'en walks, and potlucks.
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Easter eggs in our windows: Hello neighbours! Due to COVID-19 we are unable to have our annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Greenbelt but we have come up with a fun alternative! From April 10-19 we encourage all neighborhood houses to post colourful Easter eggs in their windows, yards or trees for the kids to “find” on their walks through the neighborhood. Anything you feel like doing! Chalk art, window paint, homemade drawings - anything to help make the kids’ Easter extra fun & special during this strange time. Lift neighbourood spirits: After April 19, we encourage everyone to keep getting creative to lift neighbourhood spirits. Rainbows, hearts, or window-art in windows, chalk art in driveways, music from porches…. Let’s find ways to give neighbours of all ages a smile during this time.
Taking care of each other as a neighbourhood during COVID-19. We all know what to do to protect each other and our health care system: stay home, wash hands, don’t touch your face, and keep a 2m distance from others when you’re out, or helping out.
Neighbourhood support: If you need support, or have support to offer, call or text Sandy at 705-923-7204. Sandy is a neighbour who has agreed to be our neighbourhood contact point.
Get in touch if you need, or can offer: A friendly neighbour to talk to; The up to date Public Health recommendations posted on-line; Pick-up, no contact delivery, or donation of groceries or basic supplies.
Check on your block: Keep an eye on your immediate neighbours on your block. If you need assistance, put a red card or visible note on your door. If you see a red card, call your neighbour to check in (or drop the neighbourhood support phone number in their mailbox, if you don’t know how to contact them).
Maintain some neighbourhood life: Phone your neighbours. Share some waves and smiles. Consider going out to your front yard or driveway at 7pm to greet each other from afar, cheer on essential workers, or make some music.
Official supports: If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, stay home and call Telehealth Ontario at
1-866-797-0000. For emergency care, call 9-1-1.
-For mental health support: phone Health Sciences North’s 24 hour crisis line at 705-675-4760; see bigwhitewall.com or bouncebackontario.ca; phone NISA for peer support (705-222-6472, 8:30am-4pm; 1-866-856-9276, 6pm-midnight).
For kids: kidshelpphone.ca, 1-800-668-6868.
-If you have lost your income due to COVID-19, you will be able to apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit ($2000/mo for 4 months) in early April. Other supports may also be available.
-Find up to date information from Public Heath and the government at phsd.ca/coronavirus, greatersudbury.ca/coronavirus, ontario.ca/coronavirus, canada.ca/coronavirus.