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Neighbours who know each other care for one another, their properties and can resolve neighbourhood issues together. “I have met other families in our neighbourhood I can ask for help and support.” Getting to know your neighbours builds community spirit and safer streets. Strong community ties can do a great deal to reduce isolation, reliance on social services, and even crime. By exchanging contact information and getting to know your neighbours’ schedules, you can increase security on your street. “We’ve all pulled together to make this a wonderful first-time event for our block! We’ve already decided to make this an annual event.” You won’t find a great event any closer to home! Block parties are a hassle-free way to have some fun with the whole family. The City can provide barricades for your street to ensure kids can play outdoor games safely. Get ready to soak in the nice weather, eat delicious food made by your neighbours and enjoy great conversations. Call today to start planning a party that will rock your block! For more details or to book a block party contact the City of Chestermere at (403) 207-7050 or visit www.chestermere.ca/blockparty
Active Projects: Township Road 240 Upgrade: Over the past few months, work has been underway to replace the bridge over the canal near Range Road 281. This summer, crews will replace and pave the portion of Township Road 240 from Range Road 282 to Chestermere’s eastern boundary. This multiyear project will support the future growth and development of the south areas of Chestermere. For more details on this project and the full phasing schedule, visit www.chestermere.ca/240upgrade.
Projects in development: Planning is currently underway for the 2017-2018 budgeted projects including a new soccer field and enhancements to the lakefront parks. More details about these projects will be posted to www.chestermere.ca/projects as they become available. Completed Projects and Grand Openings: Centre for Community Leadership: The small building is located in Chestermere Boulevard Park and is open for all not-for-profit organizations to use. The managing partner, Synergy, has moved into the building and can connect with any groups interested in using the space. Contact email@example.com for more information. Sunset Beach Volleyball Courts: Get your flip flops and board shorts ready! The beach volleyball court was upgraded and doubled in 2016 and will be ready this summer. Improvements included orienting the court in a north/ south configuration to keep the setting sun out of players’ eyes, fixing drainage concerns, adding sand, new posts and nets, and completing landscaping work. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in the early summer months. Our Lady of Wisdom Baseball Diamond: This new diamond was added in 2016 to add to the City’s outdoor recreation facilities. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on June 9. For a full listing of projects and updates visit www.chestermere.ca/projects
Spring is here and many residents are eager to begin preparing for the camping season. The Community Peace Officers (CPOs) would like to remind residents that RVs are only allowed to be parked on streets between May 1 and October 31 (as outlined in the City’s Traffic Control Bylaw). For more information on RV regulations, visit www.chestermere.ca/bylaws.
MAYOR SPOTLIGHT: Patricia Matthews
When Patricia moved here from Ottawa in 1998, Chestermere had 2,300 residents. Since that time, the population has grown to almost 20,000 which she says is one of the reasons she wanted to serve as Councillor and then as Mayor. “I wanted to influence how our community would grow into the future and make the dream become reality for my children and future generations,” she says. Having served on Council for 13 years, Patricia says she has learned a lot from residents, business owners, staff, other levels of government, and Councillors. She says they have taught her what they love about the community, that tough decisions for the right reasons aren’t always popular decisions, and that we can move mountains when we work together. As Mayor, some of the highlights from Patricia’s terms include the adoption of two Municipal Development Plans, joining in the Olympic Torch Relay in 2010, helping the town to become Alberta’s newest city in 2015, spearheading Chestermere’s first-ever light industrial business park, supporting community festivals and events, and enjoying the new beach. During the remainder of her term, she looks forward to continuing to give her full attention to the business of growing Chestermere to be the best place to live, work, and play. “It is so exciting to watch our vision for growing our community become a reality. I’m so proud of what this community has accomplished and how we’ve been able to find innovative, ‘made in Chestermere’ solutions. I am honoured to tell our story to the world.” To contact Mayor Matthews call (403) 207-7073 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on Apr 12, 2017