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  • April 11, 2020 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Residents of Elbow Park are able to send their comments regarding upcoming development permits through a new online system. Go to the Development Map and zoom into Elbow Park on the map, then click on the property you want to check (blue indicates DP application, green indicates Land Use Re-designation), click on the arrow next to the DP # to expand it, click on the Details (big red rectangle), you will see a red Share your comments” button. You can only leave your comments during the review period, before the deadline. Contact development@elbowpark.com for more information.

    DP2020-2159 3441 6th St SW Application for a Detached Garage with relaxation for driveway length. Comments due April 30.

    DP2020-1389 313 40th Ave SW Application for Discretionary Single Detached Dwelling. Currently being reviewed by the review Committee. Concerns identified: the intent of the applicant is to subdivide this 75lot and build a second home on it. The current proposal only shows one tall, narrow house extending much closer to the riverbank than any of the neighbouring existing houses, which may negatively impact neighboursproperties to the west during floods. Please email development@elbowpark.com for more information or concerns.

    DP2019-6420 3620 13A St SW Application for Discretional Single Family Dwelling. This one has an attached rear garage, but, EPRA has heard no concerns from neighbours. In advertising stage.

    DP2019-5600 337 40th Ave SW Application for a deck. Was initially approved, but then appealed because of concerns that it was in the flood zone. Application has been refused, but the partially built deck has not been demolished yet.


  • March 20, 2020 8:37 AM | Anonymous

    Contact Information & COVID-19 Resources

    Emergency Funding

    The province of Alberta has launched emergency isolation funding, utility payment deferral and student loan repayment deferral. https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-supports-for-albertans.aspx

    The Federal Government has implemented some assistance through employment Insurance and Emergency Care Benefits https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html

    Distress Line

    403-266-HELP (4357) for 24 hour support.

    Police NON-emergency

    403-266-1234 or online

    Health Link

    811

    Alberta Health Services (AHS)

    https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/

    Alberta Government

    https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

    Staying Connected - Zoom Zoom!

    Video conferencing is a great way to stay connected with your usual social groups or form some new ones. Some neighbours are taking advantage of ZOOM in order to host virtual Book Club, Wine Tastings, Coffee and visits with friends and family.

    If you would like some assistance figuring out how to get Zoom loaded onto your computers, iPad or phone, send in a request form to EPRA and we will find a volunteer to phone you and assist.

    Tips for Zoom

    • For laptops you can hover your mouse on the bottom portion of your screen in order to mute/unmute your microphone, have reactions (e.g., thumbs up for board motion approval or that you would like to speak)
    • Side conversation for all to see is available. You can also have the option to send someone a private message during the call
    • Anyone can pull up a document for everyone to review. They can scroll through the document, etc.
    • Host can mute all participants
    • Free however, the call is limited to 40 minutes. If a board member has a license, they can have 100 participants and unlimited calling time

    Getting food to your door

    Calgary Co-op is delivering free care packages to those under Covid-19 quarantine until April 15. The packages feature non-perishable food essentials and are available while supplies last. calgarycoop.com

    Sunterra delivers groceries for $8 with a minimum order of $50. In addition to everyday groceries, you can also have Sunterra’s daily features delivered as well as its Friday Night Feast, a three-course meal for just $18.99. Voila, dinner is served. sunterramarket.com

    Hello Fresh is a meal delivery service that delivers perfectly portioned meals to your doorstep once a week. All you have to do is cook them. Choose meals for 2 or 4 people and order from 3-7 meals per week. Email president@elbowpark.com if you'd like a free trial or $40 off coupon. https://www.hellofresh.ca/

    Costco members can take advantage of the store’s two-day delivery service, which is available on weekdays for household items, non-perishable food and specifically marked products. And if you spend $75 or more, there’s no delivery fee. costco.ca

    Grocery Link is a local grocery delivery service that allows you to place an order at one of eight grocery stores (including Superstore, Save-On-Foods and M&M Food Market), then delivers it within a two hour span on weekdays. The base rate for regular delivery service is $19.99, plus there are discounted programs for seniors and those with limited access. thegrocerylink.com

    In-a-buggy allows you to order from multiple big-name stores, which currently include Walmart, Costco, PetSmart, Rexall Pharma Plus, Safeway and M&M Food Market. The delivery fee is $19.98 and there’s an additional fee of $9.99 per store if there are multiple stops. inabuggy.com

    Insta-cart offers delivery from a wide range of stores, including BulkBarn, Staples, Walmart, Real Canadian Superstore and more. Plan ahead by placing an order in advance (maximum six days) or get a last-minute delivery within two hours. The service uses your delivery time and order size to determine the delivery fee. instacart.com

    Parcel Pal is a Canadian-based app that will deliver "anything you want". Along with restaurant and alcohol delivery, you can order groceries from Sunterra Market and five downtown Corner Store locations. Grocery delivery is $9.99. parcelpal.com

    Save on Foods Delivery fees range between $7 to $10. Through your account, you can create and save shopping lists and add notes to specific items like if you want a ripe avocado or a green banana. saveonfoods.com  

    Healthy Chef Deliver Healthy Chef Delivery provides delicious fresh, whole food prepared meals delivered to your home or office weekly. We work with local Calgary area and Alberta farmers for organic and natural ingredients that are chemical, GMO and antibiotic free. https://www.healthychefdelivery.com/


  • March 06, 2020 8:36 AM | Anonymous

    The Council meeting that was going to be held by video and phone-in participation on April 27 has been postponed thanks to the efforts of the letters written by Community Association Coalition including Elbow Park. This is a significant win for our neighbourhood! The City was attempting to push this document through without proper engagement with you, our residents and that was unfair. We are pleased that we now have more time to prepare for the Council meeting to be scheduled when social distancing mandates have been lifted. We will keep you informed as to when the meeting will be held.

    We have heard that the Multi-Community Local Area Plan engagement meetings have been postponed. The application process, however, continues. An extension of the deadline to April 16 was given. We encourage our residents to apply to be on the working group. Click here to do so. We are surprised that the City administration would choose to continue with this process given what all Calgarians are facing during these uncertain and challenging times.

    Thank you to Jeromy Farkas for his unwavering support in this matter.

    In the meantime, continue to become informed about the GuidebookApply online to be a community rep on the working committee and get your letters prepared to take to the Council meeting when it is rescheduled.


  • February 28, 2020 9:05 AM | Anonymous

    We thought we'd share the most recent compilation of crime statistics for Elbow Park, as well as a reminder to report any suspicious activity immediately to the police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. As we continue to hear reports about car break-ins and package thefts from porches, we encourage you to report any of these incidents as it helps CPS prioritize which neighbourhoods to patrol more regularly.

    If you feel threatened or witness a crime in progress, call 911.

    VIEW STATISTICS

     


  • 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.

  • February 21, 2020 9:04 AM | Anonymous
    FUTURE DEVELOPMENT IN ELBOW PARK:


    COMMUNITY MEETING

    Thursday, February 27th
    6:30PM-8:00PM
    Elbow Park Clubhouse

    As you may recall from our email earlier this week, the City is adopting a new "Guidebook for Great Communities" which will direct how our communities will evolve and grow. The Guidebook will be the tool (statutory policy) that sets out guidance about how developments contribute to a "great community" and will be the guide for developing the Local Area Planning (LAP). 

    As part of this process, the City is combining several communities together into "Multi-Community Plans”. Elbow Park has been assigned to a Multi-Community Local Area Plan that includes 16 other communities. A working group consisting of community association reps, some residents and builders, developers, business representatives, will prepare a Local Area Plan. 

    “Guidebook for Great Communities” will go to a PUD meeting (Standing Committee for Planning and Urban Development) on March 4th for review and will go for final approval by City Council at the end of April. 

    As time appears to be short, we wanted to share the information we have at hand and invite you to engage on the matter so the collective voice of Elbow Park may be heard.  We encourage you to join us for 
    this EPRA hosted meeting to learn more. 

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


  • February 07, 2020 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    VALENTINE VOLVO DONATES FUNDS FOR NEW PARK GARBAGE CONTAINERS

    Thank you to yet another generous sponsorship from Valentine Volvo, EPRA is now able to make a purchase of FOUR new garbage containers and one Recycle Container for our "Clubhouse" park. 

    Two of the garbage containers will replace the one that sits at the corner of 7th St & 32nd Ave and one near the Clubhouse on 34th Ave. A third "extra" garbage container will be placed on the corner of 7th Street and 34th Ave near the mailbox. The fourth garbage container and new recycle bin will be placed near the basketball courts. Now that our courts are being used so frequently in the warmer months, this addition will help keep that area nice and tidy.  

    We are so fortunate to have a partnership with Valentine Volvo who continues to support our community!  

    We'd also like to thank Rick Simonton for his generous donation that allowed us to purchase four hockey nets for our outdoor rinks.  As a little kid Rick spent many hours enjoying the Elbow Park rinks and this was his way of giving back.  Score a goal for Rick, kids!

    Want to make a difference in your community?


    There are two additional resources we're in need of within the Clubhouse and would like to ask for donations to make the following purchases:

    EPRA would like to purchase a projector for the Clubhouse in order to facilitate our meetings and engagement sessions.  We would rather not use paper when we need to share something with a large group and it would facilitate the process if we had a projector.

    We are currently using stovetop kettles and we would like to purchase an electric kettle in order to decrease the risk of the open flame. 

    TO HELP US PURCHASE THESE ITEMS, CLICK HERE


  • January 31, 2020 8:57 AM | Anonymous

    PULSE CHECK...ELBOW PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN?

    EPRA is looking into the possibility of setting up a community garden and there are a couple of locations that have been identified for potential use. A few residents have expressed interest in helping to get this initiative off the ground, abut before continuing we would like to get some more feedback to see if there is enough interest to pursue this.

    LEARN MORE


  • 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



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