Park update

Park construction has begun. Timelines have been accelerated so the hope is that the construction phase of the project will be completed by the end of October. The furniture will be arriving in December, so the assembly and installation phase for the park bench and tables will take place then (possibly in snow…)

Fencing has been placed around the perimeter of the park for public safety. The area north east of the park still is accessible, around the rocks, in case people still want to access it. This will soon be done, so lack of access is only temporary.

Trenching for the electrical, and installation of the light poles will take place in the next few days. The concrete for path, bench pads and access ramps will be poured sometime next week.
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March 31, 2015 update: CFEP grant approved!

March 31, 2015  update:    CFEP grant approved!
 
Great news! Just this minute (4:23 pm on March 31st), I received a phone call from Minister Heather Klimchuk letting me know that the CFEP grant has been approved for the entire amount of $97,480.00. Minister Klimchuk told me that she advocated strongly for us to get the whole amount, since the death of Mr. Roccia left us quite short of funds! She mentioned how important work with the community and families are and how she strongly supports all our projects (park and playground). I thanked her profusely on behalf of the Friends of Inglewood. She asked how things were coming along, so I told her that we signed off on the final design, and that the final budget would be forthcoming. This means that we can go ahead with all of the project without having to cut anything out!   We are hugely grateful to CFEP for granting us these funds!
Jill Brighton

Winnifred Stewart Park Revitalization Project Update March 25, 2015

Winnifred Stewart Park Revitalization Project Update March 25, 2015

The park project is finally moving ahead. We are at the stage of circulating the final design to Inglewood community members. This is for your information.

The Friends of Inglewood have signed off on the final design this past Monday, March 23rd. The concept drawing shows the following additions to the park:

  • An asphalt pathway, along with wheelchair accessible curb ramps. At the 128th street end, there will also be a concrete pad drop off area for handi-vans (previous drop off area was on 116 A ave, on the grass). This will provide a sturdier space to move wheelchairs. (Two legs of the path have been removed to keep the area looking as natural as possible, and keep the open space. As this project is for safety (lights) and accessibility (for wheelchair use) it is required to have a solid surface from each curb ramp)
  • 6 concrete picnic tables (with a wood grain design), along with concrete pads will be added. Two of these will have wheelchair accessible ends and will be located in the central plaza area along the path.
  • 4 concrete benches will be added. Newer fully concrete benches will replace the two existing ones, those two concrete pads will remain, and two more concrete pads will be added.
  • 4 new trash receptacles will be added, on concrete pads
  • 7 security lights will be added.

The project start date is slated for after the August long weekend. It should take 6 – 8 weeks to complete. The August start was chosen to fit in as many summer activities as possible during June and July (wedding season) prior to construction. Sections of the park will still be available during the various construction phases, with unavailable areas fenced off as needed.

The order of construction is as follows:

  • Trenching for electrical and lights installed (approx. 2 weeks)
  • Asphalt path (approx. 2 weeks)
  • Hard surfaces (concrete under benches and tables) (approx. 1 weeks)
  • Sod & landscaping (approx. 1 week)

It has been suggested to wait until the ground is frozen to move the heavy picnic tables and benches into place.

The City Project Manager is working on the final budget. We still have no answer from the CFEP grant that was applied for last year. However, as it stands, the funding that we have in place should be enough to move forward with much of the development.

Any concerns can be forwarded to:

Savannah Westgarde

Community Recreation Coordinator

Phone: 780-423-5827

Email: savannah.westgarde@edmonton.ca

WINNIFRED STEWART PARK PROJECT UPDATE March 2014

Spring is here, and things are picking up with our Park Revitalization Project. Here is the latest information to keep you updated.

The NPDP and CFEP grants were applied for in December of 2013. Great news! We have just heard that our NPDP grant has been conditionally approved, subject to City Council’s approval of continued funding for the Neighbourhood Park Development Program in the 2015-2018 capital budget. Upon City Council approval, we should receive a final confirmation of our funding allocation in January of 2015.

We should hear about the CFEP grant sometime in April 2014.

The City has assigned us a Project Manager: Rodger Davidson, and a Landscape Architect: Jim Black. We met with them last November, and discussed the park design and changes we hoped for. They mentioned that the City has specific guidelines for adding lights to park spaces, which comes down to putting lighting only where there is a path. Thus it was suggested to add another leg to the proposed path, leading to the northwest corner, so as to light that section of the park. This section would be in rundle stone, because it is more heavily treed and would be sensitive to digging, unlike the rest of the path, which will be asphalt.

There are many levels of approvals to go. Here are some that are in progress. Power for lighting must be brought to the park, which requires EPCOR’s approval. The City has specific guidelines as to the kind, height and focal points of lights, and these will be forthcoming. The proposed picnic tables and park benches are being looked at and will also need approval, as they would come from out of province. The Winnifred Stewart Association has donated the construction of the asphalt path. Their contractor is currently not City-approved, but we have been told that there is a process by which to get approval for a donation in-kind. The City Project Manager is looking into all of this.

We were provided a City budget, with which to fill in the grant applications. The budget thus far was quoted to be $194,454.53

Here is a breakdown of the funding we have requested:

NPDP grant $75,000.00 (Conditional approval)

CEP grant $27,066.48

Asphalt path (WSA donation) $47,300.00 (Donation in-kind)

Inglewood Community League $36,500.00

Friends of Inglewood Fundraiser $ 8,588.05 (in our bank accounts)

We had a good discussion at the community meeting on March 24th. Here are some questions that were asked and answers that were provided.

Will there be any changes to the park, like cutting down trees, etc?

We want to keep the character of the park intact, and love our beautiful trees. Forestry is very particular about keeping the trees as they are. The project will ensure that the park landscaping remains consistent. There may be some pruning of shrubs that are overgrown, and cutting of lower branches of trees for visibility and more security. More shrubs might be planted should some need to be displaced.

Will lights in the park disturb the residents around the park? Will they be too bright at night?

While we don’t know yet what these lights will look like and how much space they light up, because the tree canopy that surrounds the park doesn’t currently let light in, the reverse would be also consistent, in that the light would be seen through the trees, and not be overly bright. Their presence is to ensure visibility and safety in the darkness hours.

Who takes care of the park once the project is done and who pays for the lighting?

The City will take over ownership of the park furniture and construction once completed. Forestry and Parks take care of the maintenance now and will continue to do so. Lighting gets absorbed into the City budget. The project costs to get all the construction done is itemized above with the funding requests.

Will residents be able to use the park during construction?

Yes. Construction will happen in phases. There would be surrounding barriers around the sites being worked on, and materials used, but sections of the park would be designated for public use during construction. As there are different parts to the project, the designated areas will change as the project moves forward.

What is the timeline of the project?

It is hoped that the path construction will take place this summer, 2014. The rest of the construction is slated for completion in 2015. All the money has to be in place prior to the work being done. As the asphalt is a donation, this can take place earlier, pending City approval.

As we move forward with the project, we will keep you informed. Included is the latest design from Jim Black, our landscape architect.

If you have questions, or any comments about any of the information or the design, please email friendsofinglewood@outlook.com

Thank you to all who attended the March 24th meeting. We are grateful for your input, questions and comments.

Winnifred Stewart Park Revitalization Meeting

Hello everyone.

Now that spring is almost here, we are starting to deal with the park revitalization again. Grant applications have been made, and we await answers for funding, which won’t be until a few months from now. We would like to continue to conversation, however, and discuss where the project is currently at!

Winnifred Stewart Park Revitalization Meeting

The Friends of Inglewood would like to invite you to a meeting to learn more about the Revitalization Project of Winnifred Stewart Park, located at 116 Avenue and 128 Street (formerly known as Inglewood Park).

We encourage community residents to take part in this meeting to find out what is happening, have a look at the early concept drawings and join in the discussion about our community.

When: Monday 24th March

Where: Inglewood Community Hall

12515 – 116 Ave

Time: 8:00 pm

Also, if some of you would like to become a member of the Friends of Inglewood, we would love to have you aboard.

For further information, please e-mail me at friendsofinglewood@outlook.com

Concert for the Park fundraising success

“Concert for the Park” Fundraiser: Amounts are in!

On behalf of the Friends of Inglewood, I would like to thank all our volunteers and donors who contributed to make “Concert for the Park” on September 15th a great success! Along with the bids from the auction items, ticket sales, liquor sales, games and several generous donations, we were able to raise just over $8600.00!

This total is from the auction item bids ($3350.00), the ticket sales, liquor sales, games and various donations ($1926.00) minus $737.00 of expenses, and a very generous donation from the Winnifred Stewart Association for $4075.28, presented to us by Larry Smook!

Thank you to our musicians: Second Avenue, the Woodman Strings, and Joy Spring Jazz Choir. The music was amazing! I have received so many positive compliments about the evening’s excellent entertainment!

We will now be able to move forward with grant applications and continue to work towards the revitalization of Winnifred Stewart Park.

Thank you! We are immensely grateful!

Thank you to our donors!

Alberta Aviation Museum
Atco Gas
Baba’s Own Ukrainian Food
Back to Nature Wellness Centre
Be Hot Yoga
Boston Pizza (Westmount)
Brad Marshall
Brokel Stainless
Canadian Western Bank
Carolyn Campeau
Carolynne Bruha
Catherine MacLean
Church Of Christ
Citadel Theatre
City of Edmonton
Cookie Love
Councillor Kim Krushell
Curves (on Kingsway)
Dairy Queen (Westmount)
Diane Reid
Don Smallwood
Duchess Bake Shop
Earthsong Professional Massage Centre
Edmonton Oil Kings
Edmonton Police Services (West Division)
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Elite Sportswear
Heather Klimchuk, MLA
Heather Miller
High Level Diner
Honor Computer Systems
Hudson’s
Judy Smallwood
Ken Kowalski
Laurie and Ray Titiryn
Larry Smook
Lavoro Financial Group Ltd.
Magenta Hair Salon
Mane Stop Hair
Marion McFall
Massage Essentials
Mayor Stephen Mandel
Mother Earth Essentials
Mountain Equipment Co-op
OK Tire Groat Road
Petals on the Trail
Rebecca Pickaard (Little Mama Bee Studio)
Rexall Drug Store (Westmount)
Rexall Place
Royal Alberta Museum
Safeway (Westmount)
Sandra Weber
Sherbrooke Liquor
Shoppers Drug Mart (Westmount)
Stan Fisher Superstore (on Kingsway)
Telus World of Science
The Dish Bistro
The Mixing Spoon
The Pampered Puppy
The Theatre Network
Tim Horton’s
Tiramisu Café
Tony Roma’s Restaurant
Trail Tire
Walmart (Westmount)
Western Cycle
Westmount Jewelers
Winnifred Stewart Association

Sound System provided by: Charlotte Lirette, Ray Titiryn, & Long & McQuade
Program printing donated by: Staples (Oliver Square)
MC: Jacqueline Wallis
Live Auction Bidding by: Charlotte Lirette

Concert for the Park September 15 2013

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DATE Sunday, September 15, 2013
TIME 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
WHERE Winnifred Stewart Association gym, located at
11130 – 131 Street, Edmonton, Alberta
AGE Adult Cash Bar
TICKETS $20 at the door [includes one beverage and light fare]
TICKET INFORMATION friendsofinglewood@outlook.com www.friendsofinglewood.com

GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY BY CONTACTING
Jill Brighton 780-414-1245, or Deena Larsen 780-887-3160
Winnifred Stewart Association (reception) 780-453-6707

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES; please contact the numbers above

Please join the Friends of Inglewood for a fun evening of fundraising and fine music.

6PM– The silent auction and cash bar open.
7pm– The music begins, featuring three homegrown musical groups. Second Avenue, Woodman Strings, and Joy Spring Jazz Choir will entertain with a variety of styles: country to pop, classical to jazz.
Silent auction items will be available for bid all evening.

All proceeds will go towards the revitalization of Winnifred Stewart Park [formerly Inglewood Park] working to build a safer green space in the heart of Inglewood for all to enjoy.

June 2013 News

June 2013 News

Our next neighbourhood meeting will be on Monday, August 12 @ 8:00 pm at Mark and Jaki’s house. We will be breaking down all the tasks necessary for the running of the “Concert for the Park” fundraising event to take place on September 15th. That means deciding things like who will get and prepare the food, who will be at the door selling tickets, who will be the 50/50 sales people, who will take care of the silent auction closing, who will clear tables, and probably many other duties. We will also be looking at when to get the various permits for the event, and how to coordinate the set up, tear down, etc. We will need 18 – 22 volunteers for the evening of September 15th. If you are willing to help, please let me know, either by coming to the meeting, or by emailing me at friendsofinglewood@outlook.com.

Our next park cleanup is Wednesday June 26 @ 8:00 pm at Winnifred Park (formerly Inglewood Park), corner of 116 Ave and 128 Street. Bring work or garden gloves. This will go ahead unless there is severe weather. There will also be some juice boxes and granola bars for the kids!

The “Park Re-Naming Party” is scheduled for Saturday August 17th, from 12 – 4 pm in the park. There will be a free barbecue. Several picnic tables will be placed in the park, and porta potties will be on site. There will also be a DJ, face painting and balloon animals for the kids, games, and possibly some dogs or puppies for kids to pet. Mark the date on your calendar. Invite your friends and neighbours!

The “Nature Days” campfire and marshmallow roast took place on June 15th. Thank you to our City facilitators, Krissia Gonzalez and Desiree Hagan. They did a wonderful job of entertaining the kids and adults alike. Despite the cool and cloudy conditions, we had a small, eager group of children, and the parachute and sing along were a big hit! Pictures are below.

Have a wonderful and safe summer!

NatureDays2013

NatureDays2013