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Partners in Parks

    • ● Do you enjoy gardening? Is there a natural area you would like to steward? Edmonton’s parks are full of plant life that needs tending. Become a Partner in Parks and share your passion for plants with all Edmontonians!
    • ● By maintaining a flower bed, a cul-de-sac island, or a bit of parkland you can help to keep Edmonton a beautiful, green and clean place to live.

Root for Trees Initiative Root for Trees Initiative

    • ● This initiative focuses on increasing tree planting within the city through continued partnerships with businesses, individual residents, and community groups.
    • ● The annual target of this initiative is to plant an additional 45,000 trees.
    • Supporting you to make the most of your neighbourhood
  • ● Celebrate trees at our special events and participate in our tree planting initiatives.
  • ● Some of the cool programs/activities you can get involved in include:

Free Mulch Program

  • ● The City of Edmonton is happy to provide wood chips free to citizens for their yards. Please note the program is dependent on availability of mulch. The wood chips are local, disease free, and a great way to keep moisture in your planting beds.
  • ● Pick up locations include:
    • Ambleside Eco Station - ​14710 Ellerslie Road SW
    • Kennedale Eco Station - ​5355 127 Avenue NW
  • ● Please call 311 to ensure there is an adequate supply before making your trip.

Run Walk Ride for Vision Zero

    • June 8, 2019​ at Concordia University along Ada Boulevard to Rundle Park
    • This fun, family-friendly event is all about promoting the
    • importance of traffic safety in our community for everyone: pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers. Join the 2k or 5k run/walk, 10k run and 10k family-fun cycle event.
    • Vision Zero​ is the long-term goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Net
    • Supporting you to make the most of your neighbourhood

proceeds from the race benefit the Memorial and Traffic Safety Fund which helps to

support traffic safety research and community traffic-safety initiatives.● For more information go to ​ edmonton.ca/runwalkride

Safety is the point: Needle Disposal Campaign Kicks Off

  1. Let’s face it: no one likes to see needles on the ground. But do you always know what to do should you find one? It depends!
  2. ● If you see a needle in a public space (park, alley, sidewalk), call 3-1-1 or report it using Supporting you to make the most of your neighbourhood2
  • ○ Date: ​Thursday,​ ​June 13
  • ○ Time: 6pm-8pm
  • ○ Location: D'Amore's Mercato
  • 4612 99th Street
  • ○ Date: ​Saturday, June 22
  • ○ Time: 10am-12pm
  • ○ Location: TBD

June 2019

the 311 App. City staff aim to collect and dispose of the needle(s) within 2 hours of the

call between 8am and 4pm, 7 days a week.

● But what if you find a needle on your property? Check the link above for step-by-step

instructions to help you safely collect the needle.

City of Edmonton Recreation & Fun Guides

  1. Priceless Fun Guide - Spring & Summer 2019
    • ● Find FREE or low cost arts and culture, sport and recreation, events, and leisure opportunities.
    • ● Paper copies available at recreation & leisure centres, public libraries, and City offices. Downloadable PDF version will be available soon at ​edmonton.ca/programguides​.

New Participant Abundant Community Edmonton Workshops

    • ● Abundant Community Edmonton (ACE) is a grassroots initiative fostering neighbour to neighbour relationships. The goal - to cultivate a culture of care and connection, increased sense of belonging and inclusion, and ultimately create a more healthy and livable city - one block at a time.
    • ● Are you interested in finding out more about Abundant Community and how you can start it on your block? Attend one of the following workshops for new participants:
    • ● To register, email ​abundantcommunityedmonton@edmonton.ca​. Refreshments provided.

Pleasantview has been chosen for neighbourhood renewal beginning construction in spring 2022 with anticipated completion in 2023.

Neighbourhood reconstruction of its aging roadway surfaces and sidewalks are part of the City’s Neighbourhood Renewal program. The program is dedicated to renewing Edmonton’s roads, sidewalks, curbs, gutters and street lights, as well as any missing sidewalk links. During the Neighbourhood Renewal process, the redevelopment of other City-owned areas within the community such as parks and green spaces will also be explored.

Please note that alley renewal and arterial roads are not a part of neighbourhood renewal.

Kick-off Party

Date: Saturday June 8, 2019

Time: 11am—2pm (drop-in)

Location: Mount Pleasant School, 10541 60a Avenue

Let’s get to know each other! Come meet the team and share what Pleasantview means to you.


Fire ban declared in Edmonton

May 31, 2019

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services has declared a fire ban effective immediately. The ban prohibits open burning, fireworks, backyard fire pits, cooking stoves and BBQs​ that use fuels such as wood and briquettes. Propane and gas barbecues are still permitted.

This decision to implement the ban was based on the Fire Weather Index, which is monitored daily and takes into account temperature, wind conditions, humidity and precipitation levels. The fire restriction issued May 27 is upgraded to a ban due to continued hot and dry conditions in Edmonton.

During the fire ban, the City emphasizes compliance over enforcement. However, anyone who does not comply with the terms of the ban may be subject to fines or charges if the activity causes a safety issue. This may also include covering costs for emergency services.

This ban remains in effect until further notice. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services continues to monitor the Fire Weather Index in order to determine the necessary precautions required to keep Edmontonians safe.

For more information:

albertafirebans.ca

edmonton.ca/firebans

Central Park set to be new downtown landmark

May 31, 2019

The City is preparing an international design competition to collect the best and brightest design ideas for a major centrepiece downtown: the Warehouse Campus Neighborhood Central Park.

The project vision, goals and design parameters to inform the international design competition will be shared at two upcoming drop-in information sessions.

Date: Tuesday, June 4

Time: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 4 - 7 p.m.

Location: NorQuest College, 10215 108 Street

Several years in the works, the project marked a major milestone earlier this year when the final piece of land needed for Central Park was acquired.

Located in the Downtown Warehouse District, the Warehouse Campus Neighborhood Central Park will cover 1.25 hectares (roughly 12 500 square meters or just over two football fields) between 106 - 107 Street and Jasper Ave - 102 Ave. It is a significant Catalyst Project identified in the Capital City Downtown Plan and fully funded by the Capital City Downtown Community Revitalization Levy.

For more information:

edmonton.ca/warehousecentralpark

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Zoning Bylaw Renewal Newsletter #1 - May 2019

Welcome to Zoning Bylaw Renewal

Thank you for signing up for updates on the Zoning Bylaw Renewal Project. This is our first project update, and we have a number of engagement events to let you know about. You can find details about the engagement events at the bottom of this message.

What is Zoning Bylaw Renewal About?

For the first time in almost two decades, the Zoning Bylaw Renewal will review all the rules that regulate development in Edmonton. This work is intended to be a comprehensive overhaul that involves rethinking how, what, and why the City regulates, and to ensure alignment with the City Plan and other City policies and initiatives.

What’s New?

April 9, 2019 City Council’s Urban Planning Committee received a report and a project plan. Committee members and stakeholders endorsed the overall approach and project timelines and specific areas of focus. Read the report here.

Get Involved - June Events

CITY PLAN + ZONING BYLAW PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY

What choices do we need to make to be a healthy, urban, and climate resilient city of two million people that supports a prosperous region?

The City Plan and Zoning Bylaw Renewal are hosting a series of public engagement events in June 2019, inviting Edmontonians to explore the choices our city faces as we grow to a city of two million people.

Each event features opportunities to learn about the City Plan and upcoming Zoning Bylaw Renewal, and to help develop the direction of the new City Plan.

Please register if you would like to attend one of our scheduled workshops. Registration is not required for drop-in participants. Refreshments will be provided.

June 5, 2019, Drop-in 6pm-9pm, Workshop 7pm-8:30pm (Millwoods Senior & Multicultural Centre)

June 10, 2019, Drop-in 5pm-8pm, Workshop 6pm-7:30pm (Abbotsfield Recreation Centre)

June 12, 2019, Drop-in 6pm-9pm, Workshop 7pm-8:30pm (The Pride Centre of Edmonton)

June 14, 2019, Drop-in 1pm-4pm, Workshop 2pm-3:30pm (Jasper Place Library)

June 18, 2019, Drop-in 6pm-9pm, Workshop 7pm-8:30pm (Chappelle Gardens Residents Association)

ZONING BYLAW ENGAGEMENT EVENTS

Deep Dive Workshop

Open to all

The Zoning Bylaw Team invites individuals and organizations with a detailed interest in Edmonton’s regulatory framework to help build a structure for a new Zoning Bylaw.

Join us at the Chateau Louis, Executive Room, on Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

At this event, we will take a deep dive into how the new Zoning Bylaw could categorize its Uses, the structure of existing zones, and the content of all that is regulated by the Bylaw. At the end of this half-day workshop, participants will provide input on what a new Zoning Bylaw should be regulating (or not regulating), and how to combine existing Uses and Zones into more streamlined groupings, and write regulations in plain language.

If interested, please register for our half day workshop using the following link. A light lunch will be provided.

Register for Deep Dive Workshop

Small Business Workshop

Open to small business owners, operators and advocates

The Zoning Bylaw Team invites you and members of your business to learn more about how the bylaw influences business opportunities, and help build the structure for a new Zoning Bylaw.

Join us at the Chateau Louis on Wednesday June 26, 2019 starting at 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At this event, you can help us find ways to better organize how the new Zoning Bylaw could categorize its Uses, structures zones, and find ways to streamline the rest of the content of the Bylaw. Input will be used to minimize existing Uses and Zones and write regulations in plain language.

Similar to the Accessibility Workshop, participants can move through a series of stations to tell the project team what regulations are important, how the rules support your businesses and what can be done differently.

Register for Small Business Workshop

Accessibility Advocates & Seniors Drop-in

Open to anyone with an interest in accessibility and seniors


The Zoning Bylaw Team invites you to learn more about how the Zoning Bylaw can influence accessibility in our City, and to help build the structure for a new Zoning Bylaw.


Join us at the Lions Seniors Centre, Activity Room 4, on Thursday June 20, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm.


At this event, you can help us learn about your experiences with the Zoning Bylaw, and challenges being faced.


Participants can move through a series of stations to tell the project team what regulations are the most or least important, how rules work against your needs, and what could be done differently to address your needs. Help us answer questions like:

  • What do we need to regulate? What don’t we need to regulate?
  • What regulations work against you? What regulations benefit you?
  • What is the preferred format for presenting regulations? What are effective user interfaces? How do you interact with/use the ZBL?
  • What types of information-sharing are important during the development permit process?
  • How can we make the Zoning Bylaw easier to read and understand?
  • What does plain English look like in the Zoning Bylaw?

No registration is required for this event, and light refreshments will be provided.


Where to Learn More

edmonton.ca/zoningbylawrenewal

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City celebrates 2019 ‘Missing Middle’ Infill Design Competition Awards

May 29, 2019

Edmonton got a glimpse of the future of infill as the winners of the 2019 ‘Missing Middle’ Infill Design competition were announced this evening. Councillor Bev Esslinger, Councillor Sarah Hamilton and Councillor Scott McKeen joined members from the Spruce Avenue community and the development industry to celebrate the competition entrants.

”A more child and family friendly city encourages us to explore new opportunities to fill housing gaps in our communities,” said Councillor Bev Esslinger. “Well designed infill keeps families, students and seniors of all income levels in place to create complete neighbourhoods.”

First Place

The Goodweather | Part & Parcel, Studio North, and Gravity Architecture

The jury chose this as the winning design because it best considers local demographics, presents an innovative solution to support intergenerational living, integrates well with the single family homes in the surrounding community, is practical to build and features design elements that can be used to inspire other ‘missing middle’ developments in the city.

“We felt a responsibility to create vibrant social spaces, so, from the start we knew that the development had to be focused around a common courtyard,” said Mark Erickson of Studio North. “We wanted it to be a beautiful space that residents of the community would feel proud of and want to spend time in, extending their living space and making an outdoor living room. Just like Edmonton's storied river valley that cuts through the downtown, the courtyard of The Goodweather is a meandering, forested path flanked by terraced dwellings on either side.”

Second Place

Bricolage | Leckie Studio Architecture + Design Inc.

Third Place

Spectrum | RedBrick Group of Companies and SPECTACLE

Honourable Mention

S.A.M. (Spruce Avenue Mews) | Primavera Development Group Inc., RPK Architects Ltd., McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd., and Synergy Projects Ltd.

Peoples’ Choice

Treehouse Community | Postmark Development Co., Holo Blok Architecture Inc., Ground3 Inc., Design Works Engineering & Inspections Ltd. and Rahmaan Hameed Studios Inc.

Visit edmonton.ca/infilldesignwinners to view the winning designs and the other submissions received.

The winning team acquires the right to purchase five parcels of City-owned land in Spruce Avenue and build their winning design, subject to rezoning approval. The land is on the northeast corner of 112 Avenue and 106 Street.

A total of 5,437 votes were cast in the People’s Choice Category. The winning submission received 968 votes. The winning submission gets bragging rights and a $500 cash prize.

The Alberta Association of Architects endorsed the competition that drew 30 proposals from teams of architects and builders/developers from across Canada and as far away as London, UK.

For more information:

edmontoninfilldesign.ca


Come Run Walk Ride for Vision Zero

May 23, 2019

Runners, walkers and cyclists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in the seventh annual Run Walk Ride for Vision Zero. Show support for the Vision Zero Edmonton goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries. There will be giveaways for the first 250 participants, and everyone receives a medal.

Date: Saturday, June 8

Time: 9 a.m. - noon (race begins at 10 a.m.)

Location: Concordia University of Edmonton, 7128 Ada Boulevard

The cost to enter varies depending on race, type of registration and age. Registration information is available at edmonton.ca/runwalkride. Race-day, walk-up registrants are welcome.

Net proceeds from the event go to the Memorial & Traffic Safety Fund, which aims to protect and improve the safety of Edmontonians by supporting activities to improve traffic safety.

For more information:

edmonton.ca/runwalkride



  1. Community Gardens Handbook
    • ● If you're a green-thumbed Albertan looking to start or improve a community garden, you're in luck! https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/nutrition/Page10982.aspx#Healthy%20Eating%20in%20the%20Community
    • ● Alberta Health Services Registered Dietitians are pleased to share the updated Community Gardens Handbook: How to Start and Maintain a Garden.
    • ● The handbook provides guidance to groups in Alberta who wish to start and maintain a community or school garden.
    • City-on-the-Go
    • ● Connect with the City when you're on the go using ​these mobile apps​.
    • ● Apps are available for both Apple and Android devices.Apps

Keep industry out of Edmonton’s river valley

This spring, and then again this fall, city council will be asked to decide on whether or not to rezone two sections of river valley land from “parkland” to “industrial,” both changes at the request of Epcor. The fall decision would involve the loss of approximately seven acres to allow Epcor to expand the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant (mostly for parking), even though land is available for expansion outside the city limits.

The spring decision, scheduled for June 6, would involve the loss of 99 acres to allow Epcor to construct a solar power plant next to the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant in southwest Edmonton. These proposals reflect the “death by a thousand cuts” urbanist Jane Jacobs described, and they should be rejected. Read more at https://edmontonjournal.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-keep-industry-out-of-edmontons-river-valley



Pleasantview Community League wants your help. Please share your opinion on our community Men's Night Out socials in the survey below. It will help us with our planning. Note: If you are using a cellphone to view and respond to the survey, please turn your phone to landscape mode and scroll down as you answer the questions. Thank you!

Help shape Edmonton, let the City know what you think about:

Updating for Corporate Policy C602Accessibility for People with Disabilities

Phase 2: Let's Talk About the Future of Waste

Time to Talk: Future of Waste

Thank you to the many Edmontonians who came to our public engagement sessions last fall on seasonal yard waste collection and options for garbage carts. It’s time to continue the conversation! Join us to further discuss and refine details about options for carts, waste reduction programs, recycling, and more. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming drop-in sessions. February 10 - April 15, 2019.

For information and updates, visit edmonton.ca/futureofwaste or call 311(780-944-5555 for TTY)

New energy efficiency rebates unlock more savings in your home

January 22, 2019

The City of Edmonton has launched a top-up program that enables homeowners to receive an extra 20 per cent money back on home energy evaluations and retrofits through the new Home Energy Plan.

The Home Energy Plan program, offered by the City of Edmonton and Energy Efficiency Alberta, provides homeowners access to expert advice on energy efficiency and rebates on home retrofits.

“More than 1,250 Edmontonians have participated in the Change Homes for Climate programs so far,” said Robyn Webb, Senior Environmental Project Manager in the Energy Transition Unit. “With this new rebate program we hope even more Edmontonians will take advantage of these incentives to make their homes more energy efficient.”

Homeowners can receive $400 towards the cost of a Home Energy Evaluation. After the evaluation, homeowners are eligible to apply for even greater rebates on a wide range of home upgrades, including insulation, windows, furnaces and more.

Kick start your new year with a more energy efficiency home!

For more information:

changeforclimate.ca/homes


Edmonton Announcements

Share your feedback on City’s updated accessibility policy for people with disabilities

February 21, 2019


One in seven Canadians have a disability and that number is expected to grow with an aging population. People with disabilities may encounter a range of barriers in their lives that can limit social, political and economic participation and inclusion in the community. The City of Edmonton is working to reduce and remove these barriers to ensure all people are able to participate and contribute, regardless of their abilities.


The City is updating corporate policy on accessibility for people with disabilities and seeks public feedback on a draft document.


Drop-in Public Engagement Sessions:


Date: Tuesday, February 26

Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: West Edmonton Christian Assembly, 6315 100 Street NW


Date: Thursday, February 28

Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Meadows Community Recreation Centre, 2704 17 Street NW


Date: Tuesday, March 5

Time: 5 - 8 p.m.

Location: Edmonton Tower lobby, 10111 104 Avenue NW


Date: Thursday, March 7

Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Clareview Community Recreation Centre, 3804 139 Avenue NW


Date: Wednesday, March 13

Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, 2051 Leger Road NW


Captioning (CART), ASL Interpreters, children’s activities and light refreshments will be provided at each session. For all other accommodation requests specific to the engagement events, participants are encouraged to call 311.


An online survey will be available February 26 to review the draft policy and provide feedback. The survey closes on March 18, 2019, at 11 p.m.

For more information:

edmonton.ca/accessibilitypolicy