McCauley Revitalize Newsletter - July 25.indd by jazz84


									                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       July 2008
 Boys and Girls Club  Kids That Care clean up McCauley
                                                                                                                                      Re vitalize
                                                                                                                                      R e vitaliz e
 Every Monday and Friday throughout the
 summer months, youth from The Boys
 and Girls Club will be removing garbage,
 sweeping sidewalks, weeding public
 garden spaces and removing graffiti from
 designated sites in McCauley. In return for
 this awesome effort, youth will be provided
 free recreation passes. This initiative is a
 collaboration between the Boys & Girls and
 the Business Revitalization Zone.
                                                                                                                                      Revitalizing McCauley:
 To learn more about this program and how
 to get involved, please call Donna Drebit at                                                                                         What does it mean for our community?
 780-422-6038. R                                                                                                                      A safe physical environment, vibrant        the potential to be
                                                                                                                                      neighbourhoods, a culturally rich           rejuvenated, affecting
                                                                                                                                      and welcoming society – these               real change.
                                                                                                                                      attributes contribute to quality of life.
Free Summer                                                                              Clear your back alley                        In neighbourhoods which struggle            The Revitalization
Playground Program                                                                       of unwanted items                            to maintain a clean, safe, quality          Strategy for the McCauley
                                                                                         Throughout the months of July and            community to live, work and play in, it’s   area will create a vision
Welcome summer and join friends of                                                                                                                                                for the future and
the McCauley Community League at                                                         August, the City of Edmonton will be         important quality of life be revitalized
                                                                                         coordinating sofa and mattress pick-         through the identification of key areas in   will encompass those
Giovanni Caboto Park to participate in                                                                                                                                            social, environmental
the free Summer Playground Program.                                                      ups every Friday. If you have a sofa or      need of resources and improvement.
                                                                                         mattress in your back alley, please call                                                 and economic aspects
Running July 2 through August 22,                                                                                                     Revitalization refers to building on the    important to community
City of Edmonton Community Leaders                                                       Jane Molstad at 780-496-6887, with
                                                                                         your name and phone number, before           many assets of the neighbourhood.           life.
– identifiable by their blue shirts and                                                                                                By dedicating time and attention
name tags – will bring free games,                                                       Wednesdays to coordinate pick-up. R                                                      To date, 12 public input
                                                                                                                                      to increasing quality of life in a
crafts, music, activities and more to the                                                                                             neighbourhood, a community has              sessions, community                         and research, and the implementation
park each day. Join the fun and games                                                    Gardeners seeking                                                                        update meetings, coffee meetings             plans for the activities that will be
Monday through Thursday between                                                                                                                                                   and other community connection
11am and 6:30pm and Friday between
                                                                                         vacant land                                                                              efforts have helped not only direct the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              undertaken in the community.

1:30pm and 5:30pm. Children of all ages                                                  McCauley residents, Joan MacKinlay                                                       revitalization of McCauley but have         For more information on how you can
are welcome! Children under the age of                                                   and Diana Gray, are looking for sites to                                                 also allowed an opportunity for greater     become involved in the revitalization
six must be accompanied by a parent.                                                     host community gardens. This is a great                                                  communication between community             process, please contact McCauley
For more information on this program                                                     opportunity for owners of vacant land                                                    residents and the City.                     Revitalization Coordinator Jane Molstad
or other city summer fun, please call                                                    to help the community, while reducing                                                                                                at 780-496-6887 or
780-496-2966. R                             Opera in the park                            maintenance requirements on their                                                        Next up: the Steering Committee is R
                                                                                         properties. If you are the owner of                                                      focused on building a consultation plan
                                            Mercury Opera presents Pagliacci in
                                                                                         a vacant property, and you would be                                                      to involve residents in the determination
                                            Giovanni Caboto park on Tuesday,
                                            August 12 at 7:30-9:30 pm in the tent. A
                                                                                         interested in hosting community gardens                                                  of priorities. Once priorities are set,     Welcome to the
                                                                                         for up to three years, please contact Jane                                               working committees will be established
                                            pre-event gathering will take place at the
                                            old Tra Amici site (95 street across from    Molstad at 780-496-6887. R                                                               to create plans to make changes happen.     first McCauley
                                            the park). For more information contact                                                                                               For example, safety was mentioned by        Newsletter!
                                            Darcia at 780-637-5829. R                    Housing options                                                                          many people as a priority for the area. A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This newsletter will be published
                                                                                                                                                                                  working committee will be struck to look
                                                                                         For more information on the Edmonton                                                                                                 quarterly to provide McCauley
                                                                                         Cornerstones Plan or Secondary Suite
                                                                                                                                                                                  at the issues related to safety, and will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              residents and businesses with up-
                                                                                         Upgrading Program, please visit                                                          work with City staff to identify actions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to-date information about the
                                                                                R                                                                       that will help make improvements. A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              revitalization project underway in the
                                                                                                                                                                                  Revitalization Strategy will also be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              neighbourhood. R
                                                                                                                                                                                  drafted that includes the consultation

                                                                                                                                      For more information on the McCauley Neighbourhood Revitalization or volunteering
                                                                                                                                      on a working committee, please: Call Jane Molstad at (780) 496-6887
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McCauley on the Move                                                                                                                     Public input sessions start the revitalization ideas rolling
                                                                                                                                         As a result of a series of 12 public input   It was suggested
Stadium LRT Station to see big                                                            Paskin House                                   sessions held between April 12 and           incentives for
                                                                                          Located on 95 Street and 106 Avenue            May 13 2008, residents and business          residents and
improvements                                                                              is Paskin House, a heritage house              owners in the McCauley area identified        business owners
On Friday, July 11, 2008,                                                                 designated by the City of Edmonton. It         a number of revitalization ideas aimed       be put in place
an interdepartmental team                                                                 has recently gone through negotiation          at improving the look of and the             to improve care
of senior staff interviewed                                                                with the Works Art & Design Festival for       involvement in the community.                and attention
a short list of consultants                                                               possible purchase and relocation to the                                                     to neglected
                                                                                                                                         Street safety and clean up of the            properties.
who responded to the City                                                                 end of the street where the gray building      community were among the most
of Edmonton’s Request for                                                                 is located. The Works’ Executive Director,                                                  Residents
                                                                                                                                         prevalent community concerns.                suggested a
Proposal to undertake the                                                                 Linda Wedman, has indicated they would         Neighbourhood residents suggested
preparation of a Transit                                                                  be doing a complete renovation to the                                                       facade program
                                                                                                                                         solutions such as more police support,       spearheaded
Oriented Development Plan for                                                             house and add additional space to create       improved lighting and care of public                                                      money into a collective fund to help pay
the Stadium Station area. This                                                            an art gallery and stage for community                                                      by a community resident group would          for community improvement projects in
                                                                                                                                         areas, and controlled activities for those   help improve the look of the area while
Plan will establish a vision and                                                          opportunities. At this time, there are still   without homes led by local agencies and                                                   the future.
an implementation program                                                                 many decisions to be made if all goes                                                       promoting a sense of responsibility on
                                              Stakeholder groups will include property                                                   churches.                                    behalf of residents and business owners.     The public input sessions are an
to transform obsolete properties and                                                      well, they would like to see the move
                                              owners, community leagues, local                                                                                                                                                     important step toward the overall
vacant lands in the area into a vibrant,                                                  happen soon. Funding support is needed         Residents expressed concern the area         Public events, including those designed
                                              businesses, Edmonton Northlands, the                                                                                                                                                 revitalization of the McCauley. Thank
mixed-use “urban village”. The Plan will                                                  for the move and laying the foundation.        is not receiving as many City services as    to involve both children and seniors,
                                              Edmonton Eskimos Football Club, the                                                                                                                                                  you to all who attended these meetings.
build on, and improve the connections                                                     Paskin House would be a welcomed               is necessary to maintain a reasonable        will help create a sense of community
                                              Norwood Legion, City Departments and                                                                                                                                                 Your concerns and suggestions will
between, existing amenities in the                                                        addition to the McCauley community as          level of cleanliness. Residents suggested    while making positive use of local parks
                                              utility companies.                                                                                                                                                                   be considered as revitalization efforts
area which include Save-On Foods,                                                         it would bring potential partnerships,         increased services including garbage         and venues. Residents also suggested
Commonwealth Stadium, Kinnaird                                                            collaboration between groups, art              removal, street cleaning, maintenance                                                     move forward. For more information
                                              It is anticipated a Consultant will                                                                                                     creating a number of social “hubs”
Ravine and Borden Park, Eastwood                                                          lessons for all ages, and many creative        and improved use of vacant lots,                                                          concerning the public input sessions or
                                              be appointed by the third week of                                                                                                       such as coffee shops, theatres and a
Primary Healthcare Centre, and                                                            plans. R                                       improved City-owned lots as well as pilot                                                 to share your suggestions on improving
                                              July, and that the Project will be                                                                                                      community recreation centre to engage
Northwood Fire Station No. 5.                                                                                                            projects to help design better removal                                                    our community, please contact Jane
                                              initiated in August 2008 with a target                                                                                                  community residences – and particularly
                                                                                                                                         of refuse in the community. Residents                                                     Molstad at 780-496-6887. R
                                              completion date of December 2009.                                                                                                       youth – in a positive way.
The Plan will involve a series of steps                                                                                                  pinpointed a number of areas requiring
                                              More information on this Project can
including stakeholder consultation to                                                                                                    immediate attention including: Mary          Residents are interested in promoting
                                              be obtained at                                                                                                                                                      Get involved!
help guide formulation of the vision.                                                                                                    Burlie Park, and storefronts of various      greater accessibility for bicycles and
                                              smartchoices. R
                                                                                                                                         agencies and businesses.                     walkability by improving the 97 St. bike     Regular Community Update meetings are
                                                                                                                                                                                      path and creating a walkability program      held to share information and hear from
Say goodbye to graffiti                                                                                                                                                                                     to showcase the         area residents and business owners. The
In a cooperative effort between the            paint over the existing graffiti, and soon,                                                                                                                    assets of the           next Update meeting will be held:
City of Edmonton and business owners/         hope to sponsor lively murals to add                                                                                                                         community while         September 25 and November 20. All
managers for Lafarge, Canadian Linen,         vibrancy and a sense of community to                                                                                                                         increasing tourist      meetings are held from
Westmount Fixtures, Muttart and RBL           the neighbourhood. Stay tuned for more                                                                                                                       and local traffic to      7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls
Warehouse; graffiti along Stadium Road          information as this exciting initiative                                                                                                                      areas such as Little    Club, 9425-109A Avenue. R
and the LRT right-of-way may soon come        progresses! R                                                                                                                                                Italy and China Town.
to an end!                                                                                Restaurant Makeover
                                              Calling all artists!                        Teresa Spinelli, owner of Spinelli’s, is
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lastly, residents
These businesses met with resident            The City of Edmonton is looking to                                                                                                                          are interested in
                                                                                          renovating the property formerly known
Robert Plante who has been helpful in         contract with local artists who would                                                                                                                       the possibility of
                                                                                          as Tra Amici. Teresa is currently working
identifying solutions, and will continue to   like to contribute their talents to the                                                                                                                     creating a land
                                                                                          on renovating the property for a coffee
meet to plan and implement sustainable                                                                                                                                                                    trust for future
                                              creation of new murals along Stadium        shop. Watch for the opening in the Fall. R
solutions to graffiti on their properties.      Road/LRT right-of-way. Interested?                                                                                                                          development or
Starting this summer, they will begin to      Contact Jane Molstad at 780-496-6887.                                                                                                                       diverting community

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