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Neighbourhood Services News

Neighbourhood Services Staff Supporting Pop Up Community Gardens

With the changing weather, Neighbourhood Resource Coordinators (NRCs) are getting ready to support neighbourhoods with another season of pop up community gardens. Full program details are located below under Other City of Edmonton News. Applications for the 2021 season close on April 4, so contact your NRC or City Liaison as soon as possible to support you in your application process! If you are unsure of who your NRC is, please call 311.

Sense of Community Telephone Survey

In 2020, Neighbourhood Services began measuring citizens' "sense of community" within their neighbourhoods. This measure will be used for the next decade and will be reported on annually in the update for ConnectEdmonton - Edmonton’s Strategic Plan. Top drivers of a sense of community include having friendly neighbours who talk to each other and look out for each other. The survey takes place from March 24 to April 5.

 

The Park and Facility Development Team Has Arrived!

What do we do?

The Park and Facility Development Team consists of four Neighbourhood Services staff who carry out initial project assessments for both Community-Led and Neighbourhood Park Development Program (NPDP) projects. These are sent to the Park and Facility Development Team by your Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator (NRC) or your Sport Partner/Multicultural Liaison. 

The Park and Facility Development Team provides:

  •  A consistent approach to the initial review of all parkland projects at the strategy phase

  • Resources through our website, manuals for Community Led and NPDP projects, training workshops, and project tracking (new website and updated project resources are coming soon!)

  • Continuous process review, updates and improvements based on recommendations received from internal and external stakeholders

Between January 1 and February 28, 2021, the Park and Facility Development Team has reviewed 27 different applications including community gardens, fruit tree orchards, rink upgrades and improvements to community league buildings. There is certainly lots of interest and desire from communities to build community assets!

Remember - please connect with your Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator prior to making any changes to parkland! This includes planting trees, building a community garden, installing benches or solar panels, temporary rinks/rink improvements, etc. Changes to parkland and existing infrastructure must be reviewed by the City before any work begins. 

Who can I call for help with my project? Call 311 to connect with your Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator or other City Liaison. 

"Creating a Neighbourly Vibe" Workshop with Abundant Community Edmonton

Interested in getting more connected on your block, building or cul-de-sac? Join a Neighbourhood Services workshop on creating a neighbourly vibe! This is an introductory workshop to learn more about  Abundant Community Edmonton (ACE), a grassroots initiative fostering neighbour to neighbour relationships. Workshops are currently offered virtually, twice per month. 

While created for Edmontonians, these sessions have had some international attention and, when spots have been available, have welcomed citizens from the United States, Scotland, Ireland and Portugal to the discussions. As the saying goes, "the world needs more Edmonton!"

Upcoming workshops dates: 

Tuesday, April 13, 1-2:30 p.m. SESSION FULL
Monday, April 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 11, 1-2:30 p.m. 

Click here for more information or to register.

Challenge Accepted! First Winter Neighbourhood Challenge Wraps Up

Neighbourhood Services’ first winter challenge has wrapped up, and citizens across the city have shared inspiring stories of staying connected and being active in their neighbourhoods. Here are a few of the adventures shared during this challenge:

  • "Last year, when everything shut down, we started daily walks and exploring our area. [We] found different trails and created daily explorations in our neighbourhood.”

  • "I made a snow angel for people to see and hopefully put a smile on [their] faces.”

  • "We explored our wetland area and discovered it is great for tobogganing!”

  • "I have been ill for 2 years, my best friend sends me ‘get well’ cards and there are over 100. I posted these on my front window to share with the neighbours.”

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Winter Neighbourhood Challenge and shared stories and photographs. You are what make your neighbourhoods great. A special thank you to the Running Room (Callingwood Market), and River City Games (WEM) for their prize contributions. Until the next challenge, stay active and connected!

Community Connections

Park Adventures: Celebrating the Natural History and Heritage of Edmonton Parks

Park Adventures was born when a group of community volunteers came together to explore ways of bringing Alberta’s rich history to life through the eyes of school-aged children. The goal of the project is to produce new understandings of local history through bite-sized stories that focus on historical themes, natural history and positive interactions between children. Using online videos to excite children about history and nature in their local green spaces, the Park Adventures team partnered with Riverford Productions to produce their first video - an exploration of Gallagher Park. Project volunteers worked with their Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator (NRC) in early phases of the project to gather information on potential partners, funding sources and City permitting. They also partnered with local community leagues, Kompany Family Theatre, The Edmonton Heritage Council and the Edmonton City as Museum Project to make their vision a reality. 

For more information on how you can bring Park Adventures to your community, join the project team on April 16 at 12 p.m. for an hour-long, virtual lunch and learn session hosted by the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues. Click here to learn more and to register for this free session!  

Growing Community at the Cameron Heights Community Garden

Located in a large public green space next to the children’s playground, you will find the Cameron Heights Community Garden. It’s a destination for evening walks, and a celebration of community spirit that reflects the neighbourhood’s appreciation for nature and the environment. All residents are welcome to participate and take home produce from the garden--it’s a community garden in every sense.

A gardening committee (including two master gardeners) oversees the planning and operations of the garden with the support of the community league. They utilize vertical gardening, composting and rainwater collection to maximize food production and sustainability. Volunteer gardeners, both novice and experienced, maintain the space and interact with one another and the community during a weekly garden night. The garden has current partnerships with the local homeowners association, businesses, and is exploring a partnership with a local daycare. 

A Neighbourhood Resource Coordinator (NRC) is currently supporting the committee to expand the community garden. An expansion will increase opportunities for children’s gardening and education programs and enable more specialized growing of diverse food, herbs and spices to foster multicultural gardening experiences.

Cameron Heights community gardeners are planting food, but growing community. For more information on the garden, contact chcl.garden@gmail.com or visit their website.

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COVID-19 Updates

Please visit edmonton.ca/covid-19 for updated information on City programs and services that are impacted by restrictions.

For more information on the Government of Alberta’s mandatory province-wide restrictions please visit https://www.alberta.ca/enhanced-public-health-measures.aspx

Other City of Edmonton News

Pop Up Community Gardens Returning This Summer!

To help Edmontonians access fresh food and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on food security, the City of Edmonton is bringing back the Pop-Up Community Gardens pilot. Pop-Up Community Gardens consist of raised planters, on City-owned or community league licensed land, designed for community food production and to be a safe and healthy recreational activity.        

Interested groups looking to add a Pop-Up Community Garden can submit an application until Sunday, April 4. Up to 30 temporary gardens will be added across Edmonton, providing gardening spots for over 300 gardeners. Applicant eligibility guidelines have been modified from last season to support those groups and individuals with the greatest need.

Click here for more information, including the online application, selection criteria and frequently asked questions.

Edmonton Valley Zoo Opens

The Edmonton Valley Zoo has reopened its outdoor areas to the public. This spring has brought a ‘baby boom’ with a baby camel, baby takins and lambs. Everyone is invited to come visit and all visitors will be required to comply with public health orders and facility guidelines. You can book your time to visit at movelearnplay.edmonton.ca.

Five City of Edmonton Recreation Centres Now Open

Fitness centres at five City of Edmonton recreation centres are now open for low-intensity individual activities and low-intensity group programs. More information about recreation centres, programs, memberships and safety information is available at  edmonton.ca/reccentres. To reserve a time slot to visit a facility or to register for in-person or virtual programs, please visit movelearnplay.edmonton.ca.

Victoria Driving Range Open

You can swing into the 2021 golf season at Victoria Golf Course Driving Range which is now open. All three golf courses operated by the City of Edmonton (Riverside, Rundle and Victoria) will open in April for the 2021 golf season with COVID-19 safety measures in place. City staff are currently monitoring the conditions of each course and will open them as conditions permit. Visit edmonton.ca/golf for updates on course status.

City of Edmonton Spring Sweep Starts April 6

Beginning April 6, weather permitting, the City of Edmonton will begin the annual spring sweep program to remove sand and debris left over from the winter. With warm, springtime weather here, the City is encouraging businesses to begin sweeping debris from their sidewalks and walkways into the road between April 1-6, before crews begin sweeping.

Once spring sweeping begins, the City will provide an online schedule and address look up tool at edmonton.ca/streetsweeping, where businesses and residents can confirm when their area is scheduled. Please note, this schedule is subject to change and will be updated as crews complete work.

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Spring Clean Up with Capital City Clean Up

As the snow melts, hidden litter becomes easier to see…but also easier to collect! Capital City Clean Up is offering many ways for you to be involved in tidying your yard and helping beautify your neighbourhood.

  1. Being involved in an organized clean up makes a meaningful impact with minimal time commitment. Anyone over the age of 18 can volunteer by registering at the Capital City Clean Up Volunteer Page, which provides online training and lists our available events.
  2. We recommend not picking up wrongly disposed of needles. If they are on City property, simply call 311 and staff will respond. If the needles are located on private property, call Boyle Street Needle Debris Team at 780-426-0500. 
  3. If your property has been a target of graffiti vandalism you can apply for up to $750 of free graffiti removal through Capital City Clean Up. Click here for more information.  Don’t forget that graffiti vandalism on City property can be reported by calling 311.

Edmontonians Begin to Receive their New Waste Carts

Between March 15 and August 31, approximately 250,000 homes in Edmonton will receive new garbage and food scraps carts as the City of Edmonton implements the Edmonton Cart Rollout program in six phases. The new cart-based system incorporates research and public engagement along with two years of testing the cart-based system in 13 pilot neighbourhoods.

“The Edmonton Cart Rollout is an essential step in Edmonton's journey to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly as we grow,” said Don Iveson, Mayor. “These carts will allow us to reduce overall waste and accomplish a 90 percent waste diversion from landfills — all while improving safety conditions for our workers.”

Along with the carts, each home will receive an information package which includes a welcome brochure, What Goes Where poster, collection calendar and city map to help residents determine their first cart collection day. Residents should not use their carts until their first collection day. Edmontonians who receive carts from March 15 to April 10 will start the cart-based collection the week of April 13.

We’re here to help

  • Sign up for a virtual education session to walk you through the program at edmonton.ca/waste.
  • Watch our livestream on YouTube to help you with some of your questions you may have.
  • Download the free WasteWise app in the App Store or Google Play for sorting information and collection day reminders. 
  • Find your cart delivery period, proper set-out and sorting information at edmonton.ca/waste
 

Edmonton Fire Cadets: Now Recruiting

High school students looking for a unique way to build employment skills and gain high school credits can now apply for Edmonton Fire Rescue Services' upcoming Fire Cadet program beginning in September. Applications are open until April 30, 2021.

From structural firefighting and vehicle extrication to team building and dispatch, fire cadets learn invaluable leadership and employment skills applicable to a variety of careers — not just firefighting. Visit edmonton.ca/firecadets to learn more.

 

Engaged Edmonton: Share Your Voice. Shape Your City.

The City of Edmonton is committed to involving the people affected by the decisions it makes. We seek diverse opinions, experiences and information so that a wide spectrum of information is available to decision makers. Visit Engaged Edmonton, the City of Edmonton’s official online public engagement space. Even though COVID-19 means we can’t meet in person, your opinions still matter. We invite you to share your voice on City policies, programs, services, and projects.  

The City is currently inviting input on various rezonings and projects including:

 Visit edmonton.ca/surveys for more information and a list of all current engagement opportunities.

 

Funding News

Community League Operating Grant (CLOG) - City of Edmonton

Edmonton Community Leagues can apply now for the 2021 CLOG. Click here for more information and the online application. Application Deadline: April 28, 2021. 

Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) - Small Stream Grant Applications

The Government of Alberta CFEP funding provides financial assistance to acquire, build, purchase, repair, renovate, upgrade or expand sports, recreational, cultural or other related public-use community facilities. Small stream grant applications (up to $125,000) are accepted three times per year (January/May/September). Click here for more information including the program guidelines. Application Deadline: May 15, 2021.

Sustainable Food Edmonton Community Garden Grants

Sustainable Food Edmonton (SFE) provides over $30,000 in grants annually to community gardens within Edmonton. Whether you are starting a new garden, looking to expand, renovate, or renew an existing community garden, SFE can help with funding, resources and support. There are two annual intakes for garden grants (February and May). To learn more or to get the grant process started, contact cgfacilitator@sustainablefoodedmonton.org or click here for more information. Application Deadline: May 31, 2021.

Resources, Events and Learning Opportunities

What's My Ward in the 2021 Municipal Election?

 

CBC Edmonton is exploring the city's new ward boundaries and Indigenous names in a new video series ahead of the 2021 municipal election. The new boundaries and names come into effect on election day (October 18) and will replace the current numerical naming system for the city’s 12 wards. 

Edmonton City Council approved the new ward boundaries and Indigenous ward names in  December, 2020 after iyiniw iskwewak wihtwawin (the committee of Indigenous matriarchs) gifted traditional names to the City’s naming committee to honour sacred places in Edmonton and to preserve the history for future generations. Click here to learn about the Committee of Indigenous Matriarchs and how they determined each of the ward names.

Board Development Webinars - Government of Alberta Community Development Unit

Are you a board member? Thinking of becoming one? Get professional development for board governance and operations in these free board development webinars from The Alberta Community Development Unit:

  • April 14 - Understanding Your Legal Landscape
  • April 20 & 22 - Grant Writing 101
  • April 21 - Board Roles & Responsibilities
  • April 28 - Legal Responsibilities

Click here for more information and to register. Space is limited so register early!

Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) - Upcoming Workshops 

  • April 15 - Answering Your Questions: Governance Edition
  • April 19 - The Ins and Outs of Recruiting Virtual Volunteers
  • April 21 - Answering Your Questions: Volunteerism and Insurance

Click here for more information or to register for these virtual workshops.

  

The Lieutenant Governor's Leadership for Active Communities Award

This award recognizes individuals and groups who are inspirational in engaging the community toward positive outcomes that build a more active community. Alberta Recreation and Parks Association and the Recreation for Life Foundation present this province-wide awards program to recognize the achievements of teams and individuals who:

  • Demonstrate the very best of active community leadership
  • Engage citizens in planning
  • Use leadership to get people more active more often
  • Work to create places, spaces and opportunities for people to be active and engage in their communities, using recreation as a catalyst.

Nominations are now open. Click here to learn more.

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