Park Update August 19 2014

August 19, 2014

PARK UPDATE

There have been several questions about when park construction is to begin. We had hoped that the proposed asphalt path might have been done this summer or fall. However, with the untimely and unfortunate death of the owner of the paving company that was to donate the work and materials, as well as the dissolution of the company a few months after his passing, we are now unable to begin any work on the revitalization of Winnifred Stewart Park this summer.

Most of the work is still planned for the summer of 2015. At this point, we are unsure of what elements will be done, and which ones will be either phased out, or delayed. The budget that we applied for funding with has changed and the project now has quite a shortfall of funds.

As we move forward in conversation with our project partners and City planners, we will have a clearer picture of what can be achieved by next year.

When more information is available, an update will be provided. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

COMMITTEE UPDATE

The Friends of Inglewood committee members have been voted in for this next year, from September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015.

Chair: Jill Brighton
Treasurer: Mark Campeau
Members at large:
Jason Larsen
Deena Larsen
Bobbi-Jo Gallup
Jaki Campeau
Brad Marshall
Shannon Marshall
Welcome to new members at large:
Connie Toporowski
Paul Coutts
Julie Skrepnek
Daisy Mendoza
Website consultant: Ken Kuebler

The position of secretary remains open. Members will take turns providing meeting notes.

Grant Cheque recieved

Exciting news! On Friday July 11th, Minister Heather Klimchuk presented Paul Adams (president of Inglewood Community League) and Jill Brighton (chair of Friends of Inglewood) a grant cheque from the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) for $27,066.00 towards the Revitalization of Winnifred Stewart Park Project.CFEP grant check

2014 Winnifred Stewart Park Cleanup Dates

WINNIFRED STEWART PARK CLEAN-UP 2014

Meet up at Winnifred Stewart Park (128 Street and 116 Ave). Bring garden and work gloves. Garbage bags will be provided.

We meet once a month, on the last Wednesday evening, weather providing, to pick up all the garbage strewn in the park. Depending on the number of people, it can take 15 minutes to 45 minutes.

Join the Friends of Inglewood for some fresh air, and help us keep our park clean!

Wednesday May 28 @ 8:00 pm
Wednesday June 25 @ 8:00 pm
Wednesday July 30 @ 8:00 pm
Wednesday August 27 @ 8:00 pm
Wednesday September 24 @ 7:00 pm

Donations for September 15 fundraiser

We are looking for donations for our silent auction, to be held on Sunday evening, September 15th at the Winnifred Stewart Association. This fundraising event is for the park revitalization, to buy new picnic tables and benches, and to help fund the project.

Are you a business owner? Do you have a service or item that you could graciously donate for our event? Do you know people who might also be able to contribute?

Please email me at friendsofinglewood@outlook.com if you would be willing to be a part of this community endeavor.

I will make arrangements with you to pick up the items, gift certificate, etc. Below is a donation form that can be filled out.

Donors will be recognized and acknowledged in our event program, social media and ongoing communication pieces.

Do not hesitate to contact me for further information.

On behalf of the Friends of Inglewood and the Winnifred Stewart Association, I thank you.

Jill Brighton (chair, Friends of Inglewood)

Donation Form

Inglewood Park Cleanup 2013 Dates

Inglewood Park Cleanup 2013

Spring is finally here! It’s time to start the park cleanup. Below are dates and times that Friends of Inglewood, and anyone else interested can join the effort to keep our park clean and safe. Bring garden or work gloves, garbage bags will be provided. Looking forward to seeing you at the park, 128 Street and 116 Avenue.

Wednesday May 29 @ 8:00 pm
Wednesday June 26 @ 8:00 pm
Wednesday July 31 @ 8:00 pm
Wednesday August 28 @ 8:00 pm
Wednesday September 25 @ 7:00 pm

We didn’t do an October one last year as it had snowed already. We can play it by ear for October if it’s a nice one and no snow yet.

March 2013 News

We have an upcoming meeting with the CEO of the Winnifed Stewart Association on Monday, March 18th at 6:00 pm at the Inglewood Community League. This meeting is to engage in discussions about each committee’s support for the park revitalization project. We hope to clarify the roles of each group, the expectations moving forward, the financial contributions to assist in the funding and grant applications for the project. These discussions may have legal implications, as partnership is sought between the WSA, the Community League and the Friends of Inglewood Park. It is expected that this will be a friendly conversation, starting to explore all these aspects.

Our fundraising event is set for Sunday September 15th in the evening. We have not made a final decision on the venue as yet. We are planning a “Concert for the Park”, and a silent auction. Possible locations for the concert are: the Community League hall, the Winnifred Stewart Association gym, the Royal Alberta Museum, the Aviation museum. More are being looked at and sought. Discussions around this event suggested that it would be good to have alcohol, which might encourage people to spend more at the silent auction. We will need to explore any insurance requirements at whatever venue is chosen, as well as appropriate licensing. We are aiming for approximately 200 audience members.

We discussed the silent auction part of the fundraising event. As no venue is yet chosen, it was decided that we should wait before asking for donations from various establishments in the community. We are starting to list possible businesses that can be approached for donations.

Our committee name change is also being talked about, since Inglewood Park will be renamed Winnifred Stewart Park. A suggestion that has been brought forward is to simply add an “s” to our name, as in: “Friends of Inglewood Parks”. Other name choices are also in the works. This decision will be delayed until the park is actually renamed, in August of this year.

We have voted to delete the section of our website called “Meeting notes”, as the minutes are sent directly to the members. Instead, we will continue to provide a brief summary on occasion to update the site for the community.

We will be applying for the Community Play Space Program Grant, and much of it is completed. We are waiting to hear what financial contribution we might expect from the Winnifred Stewart Association, and we will also need a letter from someone at the Inglewood Community League indicating they support or sponsor our application.

Our next Friends of Inglewood Park meeting is scheduled for Monday April 8 @ 8:00 pm.

February 2013 News

The City Naming Committee has approved the name change from Inglewood Park to Winnifred Stewart Park. Several positive letters of support were included in the application to the City. These included letters from: Councillor Kim Kruschell, the Minister of Culture: Heather Klimchuk, the president of the Inglewood Community League: Paul Adams, the present of the Winnifred Stewart Association: Tony Roccia, our CRC: Savannah Westgarde, the Friends of Inglewood Park, and Thelma Hansen from the Board of Directors of the 124th Street Drop-In Association of Edmonton.

The neighbourhood survey from the Friends of Inglewood Park was also presented. While it represented a very small cross-section of the Inglewood Community, it also mostly included several residents who live in a 2-block radius around the park. The survey was sent out via email to over 60 people who live or work in Inglewood.

Survey results:

· 34 respondants (of whom 23 were residents)

· Total “YES” replies 85% (29 people)

· “YES” replies from residents: 87% (20 people)

· “YES” replies from non-residents 82% (9 people)

A few of the questions that came up relative to the name change: Why Inglewood Park? Why not rename the park closest to the Winnifred Stewart Association building?

The small park closest to the WSA is named John A. Norris Park. It already is named for a notable Edmonton historical figure (He owned much of the land now known as Inglewood.) It was not up for renaming. We were informed that there were only three parks that qualified for a name change. Only one of these three was in Inglewood: Inglewood Park. As Winnifred Stewart did the bulk of her work in the Inglewood community, this park was chosen. It is a larger park than the John A. Norris Park, and can hold a larger amount of people for group functions, block parties, etc. and part of the proposal includes the increased proper and positive use of the park.

The next step in the re-naming process involves sending a circulation document to the City. Circulation is a City procedure that ensures this project has approval and sign off from all City departments possibly impacted by the project (examples would be transportation, drainage, parks operations, planning, etc.) Once circulation has taken place, any comments and questions from the respective departments will be reviewed, changes will be made if required and then, the development and construction phases can move forward with our Project Manager. We have been informed that the City departments responsible for this circulation document are currently very backed up, so this step is currently in a queue. We’ll provide an update once more information comes forward.

The next Friends of Inglewood Park meeting is scheduled for Monday March 11 @ 8:00 pm. We are working on an exciting fund raising event for this fall. Stay tuned for more details!

Inglewood Park Spring Cleanup 2012

INGLEWOOD PARK SPRING CLEANUP

Come and join us on Sunday, April 29th at 1:00 pm at Inglewood Park for our annual Spring Cleanup. Just bring work or garden gloves, garbage bags will be provided by Capital City Cleanup. Last year, with several people helping, it took only about 45 minutes to cover the entire park. If the weather does not co-operate, we would then move to the following Sunday at the same time. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a warm, sunny spring day. See you there!

Jill Brighton, for the “Friends of Inglewood Park”.

INGLEWOOD PARK SPRING CLEANUP 2012 Poster