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  • February 27, 2020 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A few days before the Christmas holidays, collection of the garbage from our bins in the Clubhouse park ceased.  

    Upon further investigation, we were informed by the City that the garbage bins located on our LOC (License of Operation, the park land we lease from the City) had been "donated" to our community association in 2016.  This was the first I had heard of that.

    Since 2016, somebody was collecting our garbage. I suspect that it was the contractor working for the City who was unaware that the City was no longer going to collect our garbage on the LOC. This contractor had been collecting our garbage for years and probably assumed that it would be strange for the City to stop collecting the garbage from the bins in the SAME park.

    A few days before Christmas 2019, we experienced FULL bins.  This was the first indication that it was EPRA responsibility to collect the garbage. The City has collected the garbage in our LOC Park  for over 50 years.  It took us by surprise that they would stop providing this service.

    I asked the City to collect the overflowing garbage from the bins prior to Christmas, and they obliged.   Since I have been unsuccessful in resolving the issue since Christmas, the bins are overflowing once again. 

    My attempts have been:

    Contacting the Contractor who collects the garbage container at the playground adjacent to our LOC, however, they are unable to assist because it would be a "breach of contract".

    I contacted the Contractor that the City used previously, however, they no longer work in the area and it is not financially lucrative to come to this area of the City.

    I have contacted smaller companies that collect garbage, however, I've been told that they are unable to collect garbage that contains "animal products" (dog waste).  Regulation stipulates that no animal products can be disposed in the landfills. Given that our containers are 80% dog waste, these companies are not an option.

    I've gone back to the City to request their assistance.  They offered to collect our garbage for $50 each time, however, will only do this for two garbage cans and when we get our new cans, bringing the total to 4, they will not be able to accommodate that many.

    We are now investigating the possibility of moving the garbage bins onto the City owned land.  The City will pick up at these locations without charge.  One can be moved to the corner of 8th and 34th near the toboggan hill. I am waiting to hear where the other can be moved to.  

    As for the donation that Valentine Volvo made to purchase us 4 new garbage cans and 1 recycle container; we will wait to see if we can move forward with this or not??

    I will keep you informed as I hear more from the City. In the meantime, please use the garbage can near the playground to deposit your dog waste. This one is on City land and will have collection services.

  • January 22, 2020 8:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EPRA is looking into the possibility of setting up a community garden and there are a couple of spots that have been identified for potential use. A few residents have already expressed interest but before continuing we would like to get more input to see if there is enough interest to pursue this. If you have any questions, feedback, or would like to hear about some of the areas in Elbow Park being considered for this project, please email communications@elbowpark.com and we'll have a member of the planning committee get in touch with you.

    BACKGROUND ON COMMUNITY GARDENS:

    Typically, a community garden is a single piece of land gardened by a group of people. Residents would be able to rent individual or shared plots of land within the garden. Community gardens offer people and the community many benefits. They provide opportunities for both recreational gardening and food production, in underutilized spaces. Community gardens are great for the environment. They bring people together and may reduce crime rates in the neighbourhood by increasing visibility and engaging citizens in positive initiatives. There are many examples of community gardens throughout Calgary, for example, Inglewood Community GardenHillhurst Sunnyside Community GardenMarda Loop Community Crop, and Bankview Community Garden, to name a few.

    For more information about Community Gardening in general, please visit the Calgary Horticultural Society’s website at https://www.calhort.org/get-involved/community-gardens/

    Thank you,
    The EPRA Community Garden Committee



  • January 22, 2020 6:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you live in Elbow Park and are interested in a part time job with just a few hours per week, please apply to president@elbowpark.com.  We’d love to have you join our team!

    Hours of Work: Flexible, 2-6 hours per week, Availability required 7 days a week
    Hourly Wage:  $20 per hour

    Responsibilities:

    Assist the Clubhouse Manager with the following duties:

    • Manage maintenance requirements with trades
    • Develop administrative systems to support the Board
    • Website administration
    • Assistance with communication and marketing
    • Coordinate Gazette advertisements
    • Assist Gazette Editor
    • Manage hall rentals 
    • Onsite meetings with renters 
    • Assist Treasurer with payments
    • Order supplies and equipment
    • Organize the storage spaces
    • Manage the cleaning services
    • Develop annual Clubhouse budget
    • Manage cleaning and waste collection
    • Liaise with EPTennisClub
    • Mail Collection and Organization
    • Assist with Marketing including Sandwich Board management
    • Manage phone messages
    • Open and Close the clubhouse as required
    • Organize the storage spaces
    • Assist the Clubhouse Director in the development of an annual budget.
    • Maintain a Directory for Clubhouse business
    • Assist with Event Organization
    • Light Cleaning


  • January 22, 2020 6:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I know that we agreed to refer to ourselves as the 55+ Group so my apology for using the "Seniors" word.  I had great hopes of getting this group flourishing by now, however, with all of the other responsibilities of the President role it has been put on the back burner.  

    Let's revive it!  But, I need your help.  Firstly, I need someone or a group of people to take on the role of Seniors Program Coordinator.  Secondly, we need some "Seniors" to assist with:

    • Booking a speaker for a session and coordinating the session

    • Communicating to other Seniors and getting their participation 

    • Assisting Seniors with transportation to the Clubhouse if necessary

    • Writing an article for the Newsletter 

    • With the support of the Event Committee, host an Happy Hour at the Clubhouse

    Please email Jane at president@elbowpark.com and let me know if you are willing to help.

    Thanks,
    Jane


  • January 22, 2020 6:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We would like to have a Block Captain assigned to each block in Elbow Park this year.  The idea is to have one person who is the main hub for community communication on the block.  The responsibilities for Block Captains would include:

    • Gather contact information for people living in each house on the block, and supporting EPRA with the Membership Drive (once a year)

    • Flag residents who may need community support (Seniors, Mobility Issues, Isolated Individuals etc)

    • Provide communication to block homes regarding information specific to their area such as Safety and Crime concerns, Block parties and other Block initiatives 

    • Provide feedback and communication to EPRA regarding concerns specific to the block

    If you are interested in being a Block Captain for your block, or have any questions about this role, please send an email to Amy Norman at safety@elbowpark.com 

  • January 22, 2020 6:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City is adopting a new Guidebook for Great Communities (GGC) which directs how communities will evolve and grow. The Guidebook is the tool (statutory policy) that sets out guidance and a common understanding of how development will contribute to a great community.

    The new Guidebook will influence the way that the City approaches development in all communities and will be used in conjunction with local area planning (i.e., Area Redevelopment Plans also called Local Area Plans (LAPs)). 

    The City has been working with other communities on their LAPs and have lumped similar communities together into Multi-Community Local Area Plans that include policies for a group of communities instead of stand-alone plans (such as the Elbow Park Charter), as was the practice in the past. 

    Elbow Park has not yet been included in a multi-community LAP and we don't know which other communities we will be lumped in with.  Multi-Community LAPs will provide a larger picture of assessing amenities - like parks and schools, infrastructure - like roads and sewer, and shopping or service areas that impact community evolution spanning numerous communities.

    Our Elbow Park Development Strategy is to complete work on our Elbow Park Area Plan now.  That is part of what the new Planning Committee work is all about. Based on feedback that we get from Elbow Park residents, this group will create a Local Area Plan specific to Elbow Park. 

    The city wants to increase density in ALL neighbourhoods and we want to ensure that we have a solid document that will provide guidelines as to where it should be located and what type it should be.

    You will be receiving a survey in the future that will ask you specific questions about development in Elbow Park.  Please take the opportunity to respond in order to ensure that your voice is heard.  

    For more information on the Guidebook:

    https://www.calgary.ca/PDA/pd/Documents/Current-studies-and-ongoing-activities/guidebook/developed-areas-guidebook-proposed.pdf



  • November 08, 2019 6:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Calgary’s three City landfills have changed to winter hours starting in November.

    • East Calgary landfill changes to a 6 day/week schedule. 
    • No City landfills will be open on Sundays during the winter operating hours. 

    Before you head out to the landfill, make sure to check hours and driving directions at calgary.ca/landfill

     



  • November 08, 2019 5:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When ice and weather are suitable for skating, the doors to the Clubhouse Skating Room will be open:

    Friday: Noon to 8:00 PM

    Saturday: 10 am to 8:00 PM

    Monday to Thursday: The Skate Room will be open upon request for groups and community members (Booking must be made by EPRA Member). Contact manager@elbowpark.com to arrange a scheduled time for Skate room to be available.  

    The Ice Rinks and Pleasure rinks are available anytime that ice and weather permit. Note: Access Pleasure Rink through unlocked side gate.

  • November 08, 2019 5:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The volunteers set up one full boarded rink and one partial boarded rink this year. The decision was made as a result of low volunteer turnout and to provide the opportunity to trial a different system.  It may be easier to clear snow off the ice without the side boards and this trial will help determine how we prepare our ice rinks in the future.

    A new landscaper, Elite Yards, has been contracted to flood and shovel the rinks. They will start flooding in December as long as the temperatures cooperate.  

    During this season, the EPRA Board will monitor the amount of days the rinks are usable.  With climate change, we are noticing that it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain the ice.  Statistics will be kept in order to facilitate decisions about the rinks for next season.  

  • November 07, 2019 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The EPRA Development Review Committee reviews Development Permit (DP) and Land Use Amendment (LUA) applications within the boundaries of Elbow Park. 

    The City does not ask for opinions or consider opinions on “Permitted Applications” and, as such, many DP applications receive a stamp of approval without any community engagement.  These applications conform to a stricter set of rules and if the applicant meets these rules, the City approves it.  

    On the other hand, the City emails “Discretionary” Applications to EPRA and gives 2 to 2 1/2 weeks to respond. In this case, the Review Committee Chairperson is responsible for organizing a community meeting at the Clubhouse, placing notices of the meeting in the mailboxes of surrounding neighbours, inviting the DP applicant and chairs the meeting in order to gather neighbour feedback and discuss options for changes with the applicant. 

    Following the meeting, if warranted, an email is sent to the City Planner that outlines any concerns EPRA has regarding the DP.  Neighbour’s concerns are also highlighted on the email and neighbours are encouraged to write their own letters.

    Members of the Committee must be familiar with the City Planning process and be adept at reading building plans.  There are workshops offered by the Federation of Calgary Communities that educate new members and get them up to speed.

    The purpose of the Review Committee is to:  

    1. monitor the planning and development of the community;

    2. provide advice and comments to the City of Calgary on planning issues that directly or indirectly affect the community;

    3. determine what types of development permit applications the committee feels are important to review and which ones automatically warrant a “no comment”;

    4. respond to development application circulations from The City (and pre-application approaches from development applicants as required) on the types of applications that the committee has agreed to review; 

    5. appeal development approvals when in the opinion of the Review Committee, and with the concurrence of the Board, the appeal is in the interest of the community as a whole

    6. comment on the effect of the proposal on the adjacent properties and the surrounding community;

    7. comment on the effect of the proposal on community environment and transportation issues;

    8. where appropriate, put forward possible alternatives to the proposal; and

    9. identify issues relating to the community context specific to the proposal

    10. ensure that the broader community receives periodic updates on the planning effort, issues, and successes;

    11. ensure that comments and suggestions from community members and other citizens are heard and considered

    If you are interested in hearing more about this committee, arranging to speak to one of the current members or applying for the position, please email Margo Coppus at development@elbowpark.com.

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