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Resourceful Spirit, Growing Opportunity

May 2014

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Remember These Two? Hint: They were part of an important event held in the City in 1995! The answer is on the next page.

100 years

As Grande Prairie celebrates since incorporation as a village we thought we are revisiting some of the places, people and things no longer found in our City!

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Recognize the City’s First Spray Park?

The picture probably gave it away! Our first, and only spray park at the time, could be found in Muskoseepi Park. It was constructed in 1986 but had been out for commission for six years because it was impossible to find replacement parts for the components. A new spray park was established in partnership with the Elks in 2013.

Answer from cover: It’s Aurora and Boreal! The mascots from the Canada Winter Games, held here in 1995. Grande Prairie was the smallest City to ever host the games at the time.


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Message From the Mayor

On April 30th, 1914 Grande Prairie had just been incorporated as a legal entity when it became a village. That means that by this time of the year residents were probably still getting accustomed to the fact that they now lived in a community with its own local government.

I have no doubt the first European settlers of this community were pioneers who were willing to take a risk, but I’d be surprised if they could have imagined what a fantastic city for which they were laying the foundations. They would have been thinking of forging their own livelihood, so it probably wasn’t on their minds that Grande Prairie would, 100 years in the future, be the youngest city in Canada and a place known for its innovation and entrepreneurism! This summer, our Centennial festivities provide opportunities to celebrate the past century while looking ahead to an even brighter future! Take some time to attend as many of these events and activities as possible to help make our celebration of 100 years a great success. Some of the key events for the 100th Anniversary include: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

100th Anniversary Homecoming, August long weekend The Art of the Peace Visual Arts Association Juried Art Show runs until Aug. 4 The Innovation Conference, May 23-25 The Northern Regional Firefit Championship, May 24 - 25 The Stompede Association Longest Chili Table world record attempt on May 27 GP 100 Soap Box Derby on May 31 for kids 9-14 100 Years of Pioneers event on June 5 Symphony and Singing in the Park The Alberta Fire Chiefs Association Conference, June 6 and 7 Municipal Government Day, June 11 The Grande Prairie Cemetery 100th Anniversary Walking Tour, July 11-16 The Grande Prairie Century Play in Muskoseepi Park, June 12-15 100 Years of Transportation, July 24-26 The RCMP Musical Ride at the Crystal Centre, Aug. 16 The GP Centennial Stakes pari-mutuel race at Evergreen Park, Aug. 16 A Film Story and Tea event is set for Oct. 5 at the Golden Age Centre

For details on these and other events, view the official event calendar at www.wegonorth.com Enjoy a great summer, everyone. Sincerely, Mayor Bill Given


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New Off Leash Dog Park Locations


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Dog Park Expansion Proceeds In the fall of 2013, City Council approved the creation of three new neighbourhood-based off-leash dog parks. Opening this summer, these new areas are located in the northern section of the City in the: Royal Oaks Neighbourhood Crystal Ridge (West) Neighbourhood Crystal Ridge (Northeast) Neighbourhood Installation of the fencing is scheduled to begin as soon as the weather and ground conditions permit.

“The new off leash areas will not be completely enclosed by fencing,” says Lindsey Juniper, Parks Planner. “If your pooch has a history of escaping from your control, we strongly encourage you to use the completely fenced South Bear Creek Off Leash Dog Park instead.” The areas are designed to have multiple entrance points, providing an opportunity for owners within a neighbourhood to walk to and from home with their dog(s) on leash. Owners can let their dog off leash once they have reached the off-leash area.

Neighbourhood Off Leash Dog Area Rules: 1. All pet owners using these areas must have a leash on their person at all times. 2. All dogs must be under control of their owner (as defined in Bylaw C-1226). 3. Scoop the Poop! All Dog Waste shall be removed immediately by the owner and placed in an approved waste receptacle. Failure to do so may result in a fine of $100.00 as established in Bylaw C-1226. Please report all abuse of this rule to Grande Prairie Enforcement Services at 780.830.5790. Keep these areas clean! 4. All Owners using these Off Leash Dog Areas shall ensure that their animal(s) are licensed in accordance to the Bylaw C-1226. 5. Bylaw C-1226 “Respecting Animals and Responsible Pet Ownership” regulations shall apply in all cases within these areas in all situations.

Signage will be installed to clearly indicate on-leash and off-leash areas and rules. Juniper notes, “We are so happy to be able to offer these green spaces for dog owners and their pets to enjoy, but we ask people to be respectful.” Each area will be equipped with numerous waste bag dispensers and litter receptacles that will be maintained by Parks Operations. Users should expect regular, temporary closures of the spaces for maintenance or during seasonal high water run-off times to reduce the spread of fecal-borne diseases.


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100 Years of

Transportation July 24-26

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July 24 4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. A&W Cruise Night July 25 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Poker Run

July 26 Downtown Show and Shine

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The streets of Grande Prairie’s City Centre and the Bowes Family Crystal Gardens will be filled YEARS with anything used for transportation in the last 100 years!

Cars, Tractors, Boats, Trucks, Motorcycles, Buggies Planes, Bicycles, and Dog Sleds! Want to show off your wheels? Register for free online at www.cityofgp.com/carshow


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Community Builder Intiative Launches Grande Prairians

have embraced the free opportunity to gain personal and perfessional leadership skills. More than 130 residents had signed up for the Becoming A Community Builder Program ahead of the March 28 launch. Nearly 330 were registered by mid-April. The City of Grande Prairie is an awarded lighthouse community to deliver a 15-week personal and professional development program. It’s accessible at no cost to all residents as a result of a partnership between the municipality and numerous agencies. There are streams for adults and youth. “It’s on demand so you can complete the program at your own pace, individually or with friends or colleagues,” says Donelda Laing, Community Social Development Manager.

The program was developed by Ian Hill, renowned community social innovator, who visited several local agencies and held a community gathering in Grande Prairie on March 19. This first of its kind leadership program will equip participants with leadership competencies and tools. It’s based on the concept that the people closest to issues are best positioned to solve them. “The Becoming a Community Builder initiative ties directly into our citizen engagement plans,” says Mayor Given. “I’m particularly pleased to see the number of partners that have come on board to ensure its success.

This online leadership program began March 28. Residents can sign on at www.register14s.becomingacommunitybuilder.ca

“Anticipated outcomes include strengthening the leadership capacity of all community members, particularly our youth and high school students. It will foster wellbeing and a sense of pride in the city while embracing the diversity of all citizens,” Mayor Given says. “Our brand will be supported by encouraging an attitude of innovation, entrepreneurship and passion for building our community.” Check out this video to learn more: http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=8l8wLIky080&f eature=youtu.be


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100 YEARS

Celebrate Our 1914-2014

100 YEARS

Community Builders

Pre-order your copy of

Spirit of the North: 100 Years of Community Building

Cost $25 • • • •

More than 180 vignettes of individuals and families Numerous vintage photos Book launches during Homecoming – August long weekend Coffee table style book

Email historybooks@cityofgp.com to reserve your copy!

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