Learn About Brighton Yards
Brighton Yards Housing Cooperative is a unique community nestled along the bank of Laurel Creek near the heart of Uptown Waterloo. Our community is home to 45 family units, all of varying composition. We value diversity in cultural background, sexual identity, economic status, ability and age.
Brighton Yards is a safe and affordable place to call home, and as a community we strive to be responsive to our membership’s changing and growing needs. We encourage our children and youth to take an active and vocal role in having their ideas be heard and needs addressed. We believe that engaged members of all ages contribute to our vibrant sense of community where all can have the opportunity to find belonging.
Brighton Yards is home to a recently updated children’s playground and outdoor play space, several outdoor common gathering spaces, a community garden as well as an indoor community recreation space. We believe that providing opportunities to connect fosters a sense of belonging and safety.
Our location is unparalleled…. Members have the opportunity to stroll the banks of Laurel Creek along the readily accessible Laurel Trail and take in the sites of abundant wildlife. The paved trail is a favourite for fitness and pet enthusiasts year round.
A short walk from our entrance are all the conveniences of urban living. The public library, cafes, dining, public recreation facilities, shopping, galleries, transit and vibrant uptown life are mere minutes away.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors at Brighton Yards is composed of eight members who are elected by general membership of the Co-op. The Board acts on the Members’ behalf to oversee the general management of the Co-op. It also attempts to foster the positive development of the co-operative as a community.
The Board of Directors co-ordinates the work of committees, other volunteers and Co-op staff. The Board has a special responsibility for ensuring that objectives, goals and policies are established for the Co-op and that the organizational structure of the Co-op is both efficient and democratic.
At BYHC we continually strive to create a more vibrant community for all to enjoy. Over the past few years we have taken on several projects that have contributed to the well being of our members as well as the wider community around us.
In 2012 we spearheaded our ‘Heart of the Community’ project which has worked to create more outdoor recreation and communal gathering spaces.
- Improvements to our children’s active play space including the erection of shade sales over the playground, as well as the installation of traffic barriers
- A raised deck, accessible patio and stone seating circle for community gathering and meal preparation/ sharing
- Installation of an outdoor water source to facilitate children’s gardening and recreation activities
- Materials for an outdoor skating rink
- Spring 2016 construction of a communal outdoor ‘cob oven’
BYHC cooperative would like to thank the very generous support of The City of Waterloo. We have been assisted with our projects through a number of grants, including the City’s Neighbourhood Matching Fund.
Thank you also to several local businesses for their generous assistance in our recent projects:
- Stone Landscapes
- Home Depot
- Prime Concrete
- The Foam Store
And a big thank you to all of the community members who have supported our numerous fundraising events, including our rain barrel sale, craft and bake sales. We appreciate your support!