EPRA continues to be active despite the disruption to our lives we are all experiencing. The Clubhouse reopened and the Hall is being rented again. Check out the calendar and the rates at https://elbowpark.com/Rental-Calendar and consider it for your next socially distanced event in the large Hall.
The Glencoe Club who runs the tennis club under a sublease arrangement with us has packed up after a great season. You may have noticed that they used the old curtains from the indoor Tennis to cover the courts. We are hoping that this will protect the clay courts during the winter when they are covered with our ice.
We are happy that we will be able to provide ice rinks again this year thanks to new Ice Coordinators. We will be using our funds again this year to pay Elite Yards to flood and maintain the rinks.
Thank you to our 2nd VP Elrose Klause for her tireless work in applying for multiple grants to help our community. Grant applications take up a lot of time and effort her dedication to completing them has been unwavering.
We continue to work on the Park Concept Plan and hope that we will see some positive responses to several Grant applications that we have submitted. We hope to complete the outdoor heated Patio, Storage Unit and Pathway as our next priority. Thanks to a sponsorship from Valentine Volvo, we have purchased the new Garbage containers and Recycle bins for our park. Please keep EPRA in mind when considering your annual donations this year.
The EPRA Development Committee is very active in keeping up with reviewing several Development Permits, Subdivisions and Rezoning applications. We will have our Strategy Session in order to review the Development Survey results, determine direction and develop a work plan. The topic of Development in Elbow Park has been a major focus over the past year and we will continue to be your voice regarding the changes that the City proposes for our community. Keep your eyes out for a special Development Issue of the digital Gazette coming out next week.
Our Member Loyalty Program has launched and we are now establishing partnerships with local businesses. Let us know if your business would like to join. Stay tuned for discounts and other promotions offered to EPRA members in the future.
We hosted a small Fall Gathering at the park this month to celebrate our volunteer Al Berti who spent hours weeding, planting and watering the traffic circle located at the SE corner of the park. A grant from the Calgary Foundation assisted with the purchase of plants. Our new partner, Blue Grass Nursery, provided a discount. Thanks to all of the neighbours who assisted with the project, including, Scott & Sarah who provided water from their house.
We will be implementing a new crime report onto our website in the near future. It appears that we are seeing an increase in thefts from vehicles, garages and porches. The Clubhouse had the key lockbox stolen off the wall, however, fortunately there was no break-in. They were, however, able to access Christ Church which had items stolen. We met with our Police Constable this week to discuss our concern that the statistics don't match what we are hearing. It is important for us to report, report, report. In addition, Amy Norman, Safety Director, will be in close communication weekly with our Constable and the Intel Unit in order to ensure they are aware of what is occurring. Stay tuned for the launch of the online crime report form and stay vigilant. Report suspicious behaviour to the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.
We are happy to announce that Kelly Hewson has taken on the role of Gazette Editor. You will see three of her articles included this month. Stay tuned for more in our monthly Digital newsletter and Quarterly Gazette (next delivery in January).
Our AGM is scheduled for next month, November 19. We will have a safe social distanced meeting in the Clubhouse, however, for those who would prefer, we will also have the meeting on Zoom. There will be a few "Cabinet shuffles" and terms completed. Tom Plunkett, our Treasurer, will complete his term. Thank you Tom for agreeing to assist with the transition of the new Treasurer until January 2021! In addition, we are seeking a 1st VP. This position is open for someone interested in taking on the President position in one year's time. I will stay on as President for one year and Past President for another in order to provide a smooth transition. If interested, let me know.