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In this issue….. New playground open Meet Jan Hardstaff Report from the University liaison Parking and snow clearing information Civics information: planning and development Remembering Bill Dryden Job postings
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On Thursday, October 25 the construction fences finally came down and the long awaited Parkallen playground was ready for action. Kids (and let’s be honest, adults) have been peeking through that fence for months, anxious to get in there and try it out! Even though there was not much time to plan, the Park Redevelopment Committee pulled together an event to mark the end of the construction. Students from Parkallen elementary, daycare and pre-school gathered at a celebratory green ribbon, ready to climb, swing and slide! The chilly temperatures didn’t stop the excited crowd from enjoying themselves fully as they raced around, trying out each new piece of equipment. “The children of Parkallen are really enjoying the park,” says Kathy Toogood, Parkallen Elementary Principal. “It is used extensively every day at the three recesses. Thanks again to the Redevelopment Committee for all their work through the years. It is truly a magnificent addition to the community.” She also reports that the children have confirmed that the new park was “definitely worth the wait.” Can’t argue with that! Cupcakes, hot chocolate and balloons added to the impromptu celebration. And when the treats ran out, the fun went on. Several children tried out the new BMX track before the early arrival of winter. Of course, everyone wants to climb the rock and sit on the roof of the little house. With the snowfall the new toboggan hill is seeing heavy use! “The kids are loving the toboggan hill! They think it’s awesome that it is now so steep.” Says Kerona Blair, Director, Parkallen Early Years and OSC. A more formal, community-wide grand opening celebration is in the works for spring 2013. Watch for further information and plan to join us when the playground and spraydeck are both in full swing. Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this “fun”tastic space a reality. We look forward to seeing you at the park! As always, any comments and questions can be forwarded to Park@parkallen.ca
Celebrate Ukrainian Christmas at Parkallen Pub Night January 11th 2013 Details on page 3
Jan Hardstaff is the Housing and Development representative for your community league. She’s been very, very busy lately keeping an eye on the City’s plans for our neighbourhood. Her dedication to maintaining Parkallen as a “unique gem” is an inspiration to everyone. Thank you Jan. Your efforts on behalf of everyone in Parkallen are truly appreciated.
Where did you grow up? I was born in Estevan, Saskatchewan; I loved the sky and wide open spaces. I came to Alberta in 1970 and spent my teen years on an acreage in Springbank with a great view of the mountains. I spent all my free time horseback riding in the Elbow River Valley.
When did you move into Parkallen? I first came to Edmonton in 1980 to attend UofA and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and specialized in Horticulture. My husband Brad and I spent a couple of years living in Oregon and returned in 1985 for him to attend Law School at the UofA. We moved into an apartment in Parkallen northeast of the school and fell in love with the neighbourhood. I worked as a horticulturist at the Muttart Conservatory for 10 years. When our first son, Kyle, was born in 1989, we bought our first semi-bungalow on 112 Street; in 1997 after our second son, Jared, arrived we moved to our current home in the crescent north of the apartments off 70 Avenue. Our youngest daughter, Kaylyn, was born, at home, the following year. Our kids attended Parkallen School for a combined total of 16 years altogether! Brad has been a committed cycling commuter for almost 25 years. One of the reasons we have remained in Parkallen is for it’s proximity to downtown. Another reason we can’t imagine living anywhere else is the great neighbours we have and have gotten to know. We are currently renovating our home so we are committed (or should be?) and I expect that when we eventually downsize it will be to a condo in the neighbourhood!
What do you like best about Parkallen? Parkallen exemplifies what community is all about: getting to know your neighbours, kids getting to know one another at the school and playground, people helping one another and being interested in making our community the best it can be. In 1996 we hosted our first block party and, because we know people from many blocks we decided to open it up to the larger community. We enjoyed
hosting this celebration so much we have hosted one every year since - with live music, a potluck barbeque, and the opportunity for families to connect with one another and for kids to play together.
Who inspires you? Both my parents, Lyle and Jackie Ford, have been a huge inspiration to me. Family was very important to them and over the years we enjoyed returning home to celebrate holidays, skate on the pond, swim in the river or ride in the valley. We also planned many skiing, canoeing, camping or wilderness adventures with my folks and my siblings and their children. My parents valued community service and were involved in several community organizations, the local church, and organizing many clubs and activities for families and seniors in Springbank. My mom passed away a couple of years ago and, not having lived in Springbank for more than 30 years, I was really surprised to discover that she was involved in either starting or leading over a dozen different clubs and organizations. Her friends and neighbours valued her as someone who really cared about connecting people with one another and giving back to her community.
Why do you volunteer for the community league? Parkallen is a unique gem in the city of Edmonton. It has always had a great school, park, and local businesses that give it a bit of a small town feel within a big city. I really want to help our neighbourhood to continue to be as great a place to live as it has always been, or even better. I knew nothing about housing and development or civics matters when I started. It just so happened that this past year has been very busy – with the work on the draft for the 109 Street ARP which has involved city planners other communities that border this corridor and reviewing the new Low Density Zoning and Mature Neighbourhood Overlay amendments that will bring greater density to mature neighbourhoods like Parkallen. I also spent a short stint overseeing Membership and loved canvassing and meeting people, many who were new to the neighbourhood.
Tell us one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you... My full name is Janiline, a variation of my mom’s name Jacqueline. I love to garden and have a landscape design business – Harmony Landscape Design. I love to renovate even more – kind of like sewing, only with power tools! I have been referred to by one of my friends as the Handy Jan. Read Jan’s response to the City’s plans for Parkallen on pages 7 and 8. Please consider how you can support Jan’s work to protect the community we all chose to live in!
Report from the University Liaison The University of Alberta Community Consultation Committee (UACC) hasn't been very active this past summer/fall. There were several meetings and workshops held last spring to work on re-designing the Committee to give it a new mandate and focus because, as I have written in previous newsletters, both the community members of the Committee as well as the University, felt that the Committee wasn't working effectively. I think it is fair to say there was mistrust on both sides. We community members felt we weren't really being “consulted” on anything. Rather we were being “informed” by the University as to their plans, but there was no authentic opportunity to affect those plans, to offer our reactions and to have our ideas heard and acted upon. For their part, I think the University didn't understand why we were feeling so frustrated. The final session of these facilitated workshops will take place in the very near future, and I gather our facilitator will be tabling a proposal based on our discussions last spring and the University's feelings about our concerns. I will report on the outcomes and the communities' reactions to this proposal in the next Parkallen newsletter. On the other hand, the South Campus Neighbourhood Coalition (SCNC) has been very busy. A Memorandum of Agreement was painstakingly negotiated and signed, creating the South Campus Coalition Group (SCCG). There have been several meetings of the SCCG this past summer and fall. The main area of concern here is the University's desire to amend the Long Range Development Plan, created in 2002 and agreed upon by the University and the communities neighbouring the South Campus lands. Basically, the University feels the Long Range Development Plan is a 30-year proposal for development, and must be subject to reinterpretation and adjustment according to the circumstances of the day, such as the acquisition of funding as we saw in the Saville Sports Centre development, or new ideas as we saw in the Balmoral Curling Club's repurposing as a research facility and radioactive-isotope production centre. The SCNC, however, regards the Long Range Development Plan as a fundamental agreement whose basic principles must not be sacrificed or short-cutted. A key issue being deliberated is the proposed intersection at 63 Avenue at 122 Street. The SCNC agrees that the South Campus needs a vehicle access point on its west side to take pressure off the Lendrum community, which now bears the full brunt of traffic going to the Saville Sports Centre. But the Grandview community is adamant that re-designing the intersection at 122 Street at 63 Avenue and building a roadway running east into the campus is the wrong solution for a number of reasons. One option put forward by the SCNC is a redesign of Fox Drive at Belgravia Road to access the campus. There have been several meetings between the Grandview Community League and the University and several formal meetings of the SCCG on this issue. The University also convened a public Open House at the Grandview Community Centre on November 7. Again, I'll let you know any outcomes or decisions in the next newsletter. Respectfully submitted, Lawrie Seligman
Ukrainian Christmas Pub Night Celebrate Ukrainian Christmas and welcome in the New Year at our first Pub Night for 2013.
January 11, 2013 7:00 p.m. Parkallen Community League 6510-111 Street $4 for Beer or Wine
Bring your favourite Ukrainian dish
STAY IN THE KNOW ABOUT SNOW! SEASONAL PARKING BANS •
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When a seasonal parking ban is declared, you cannot park on routes where the seasonal parking ban sign appears. Vehicles must be moved off-street or to a side road where the signs are not posted Citizens will be advised about the parking ban through: o Local media (television, radio and internet) o 311 o Email notification system o FaceBook and Twitter posts o Digital Messaging Signs by city roads o Edmonton Transit bus-front messages o City of Edmonton website When there is a significant snowfall, a minimum of 8 hours notice will be given if a parking ban will be called Vehicles that have not been moved off of signed routes when the ban comes into effect are subject to ticketing and towing There is NO parking permitted on the seasonal parking ban routes until the City declares the ban is over. In some cases, more work will be required or more snow may be forecasted, and the routes must remain clear of vehicles until the ban is officially lifted To sign up for email notifications for parking bans or for more detail about winter road maintenance in Edmonton, visit www.edmonton.ca/winterroads
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Parking is NOT banned when equipment comes to blade in neighbourhoods; however, crews can do a better job if vehicles are moved offstreet Neighbourhood roads will be bladed to a solid 5 cm snow pack. If there is a significant amount of snow and a 5 cm snow pack cannot be maintained, crews will plow down to bare pavement where required Citizens will be advised about an upcoming neighbourhood blading cycle by the same notifications as with a seasonal parking ban To find out when crews will be working in your neighbourhood, you can either call 311 or visit www.edmonton.ca/winterroads and click on ‘Neighbourhood Blading Schedule’
The Civics Page(s) Proposed Amendments to Low Density Zoning Bylaws Zoning Amendments – Low Density Zones & Mature Neighbourhood Overlay: EFCL was successful in alerting Leagues and the public of major changes to the Zoning Bylaw. At least 20 Leagues contacted City Council opposing the amendments. Many of them asked for a delay so they could get a better understanding of the implications. Consequently Council will hear from the public on January 28, 2012 at Executive Committee of City Council. Leagues are asking for th workshops which City Administration is unwilling to do until after January 28 ; thus EFCL will be organizing workshops to get th Leagues prepared for January 28 .
If the proposed amendments are adopted, semi-detached developments like the one in this photo could be built on every corner lot in Parkallen Zoning Amendments – Urban Character Main Street Zone: As requested by City Administration, the Planning Committee forwarded a League consultation plan; however, no response has been received to date. Eight Surplus Vacant School Sites to be used for Seniors Housing: The Oct 15, 2012 Public Hearing resulted in all eight sites being approved by Council for Seniors Housing, but not without several amendments to the motions recommended by Administration. Several Leagues made excellent, well-prepared presentations outlining their concerns about residential development on the school site location. They, as well as EFCL, argued for reducing the impact on the park and community league facilities/activities by moving the residential development site to a less community central location within the park. Council passed the motion: *That prior to execution of the agreements for sale of the properties rezoned under Bylaw 16253, Administration facilitate discussions between the communities and any proposed purchasers/future builders to: seek to address any concerns related to the built form, to incorporate conditions into the various sales agreements that reflect the mutually agreed outcomes of those discussions, to include legally enforceable requirements that the site be developed primarily to accommodate seniors’ housing, associated seniors’ uses and ancillary uses, and include restrictive covenants that are substantially similar to those currently applicable in the neighbourhoods. Council also passed a special motion for Blue Quill: *That Administration provide a report to City Council, as soon as possible, on the results of consultation with the Blue Quill Community League, the owners of the low rise apartments located immediately west along Saddleback road of the Blue Quill surplus school site and other affected property owners, to determine the feasibility of moving the First Place Development Site from its current location in the south end of the Blue Quill Surplus School Site to the area bounded on the east by the Blue Quill Seniors Housing Site, located on land legally described as Lot 9, block 19, Plan 8222093 and bounded on the west by the low rise apartment, to mitigate the cumulative impact of Bylaw 16253 and the current location of the First Place Development site.
The Civics Page(s) Proposed Amendments to Low Density Zoning Bylaws *That the report include an outline of the steps that would be required to effect the movement of the First Place Development Site, and a summary of relevant implications for servicing, transportation, planning and legal requirements. Good Neighbour Social Housing Project: Dr. Sousa is in the midst of writing the research proposal. Christine Bremner and I have provided our CV’s and a statement of our desired outcome for the research. Cora Shaw and I attended the Supportive Housing and Supports Forum organized by Homeward Trust. Consultants from the United States walked us through the process of identifying gaps in supportive housing, and pros and cons of various models and sizes. We were able to include the impact on the neighbourhood as a factor to consider when evaluating various models. Family Friendly Housing – Market Research underway: The City has hired a consulting firm to do market research on the most sought after elements in housing for young families and the trade-offs they make. EFCL has provided our FamilyOriented housing definition and our family friendly guidelines to the consultant to help them develop questions for the focus groups. New Neighbourhood Design Team reaches a controversial point: My alternate, Jamie Post, and I have continued to participate in the Team meetings. The draft Outcomes and Principles have been drafted with consensus; however, there is disagreement on how meeting these outcomes and principles should be evaluated. The development industry is arguing for the status quo (professional discretion of the City planners & the developers) while others, like the EFCL and the Office of the Environment, are pushing for the creation of performance baselines, targets or ranges. Winter City Strategy report and recommendations approved by City Council Oct 31, 2012: EFCL participated in the creation of the report in a big way. EFCL’s three representatives: Jamie Post, Kathy Murrie of the Planning Committee and Bev Zubot participated in the working groups. Some board members and Allan Bolstad participated in a special League consultation. Look for the picture of Allan shoveling snow at the Winter Carnival Workshop! A detailed implementation plan will be forthcoming along with a budget request of $362,000 for 2013. Complete Streets Guidelines: Bev is representing EFCL in the city’s stakeholder focus group meetings. The Planning Committee will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft guidelines to be distributed at the end of November, 2012. Public consultation begins in 2013. Growth Strategy Report was released for public review at the end of October, 2012. Unfortunately the EFCL Planning Committee did not have time to review the document prior to their October meeting, thus no response has been prepared. It is disappointing that the Growth Strategy Report ignores positive infill development as part of the Strategy. The focus is totally upon New Neighbourhood Growth in greenfield areas. In contrast, the EFCL Planning Committee had encouraged the Growth Strategy team to emphasize infill development on brownfield and greyfield sites. In response the Team argued that the City is already supporting brownfield development with City Centre and more. There are plenty of policies and strategies already for infill development, for example the infill guidelines & TOD guidelines. Redevelopment of established neighbourhoods was, in their opinion, out of the scope of the Strategy. Prepared and submitted by: Bev Zubot
The Civics P ag e(s) Parkallen’s response to the October 31, 2012 109 Street ARP Draft Parkallen’s response to the October 31, 2012 109 Street ARP Draft After studying the October 31, 2012 109 Street ARP and discussing this with others in Parkallen, Jan Hardstaff prepared a detail response on behalf of the community. Her full letter can be seen online. The key points are summarized here. Many thanks to Jan for doing such a stellar job of representing the concerns of this community as the City considers the future of our neighbourhood. The potential redevelopment of 109 Street could symbolize the transformation of the City into a pedestrian friendly, cycling friendly, transit-oriented city. The following are key concerns for Parkallen: 1.
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The City plans to purchase the decommissioned NAV Can Site and consolidate it with adjacent City owned public park space which would provide an opportunity for a “more intensive form” of residential or mixed use redevelopment at this end of the corridor. It is not clear what scale of development they are referring to and Parkallen would not support a mid or high rise development in this area. The proposal for the orientation of this “consolidated site” at the NAV Can location has potential downsides. If access to 109 Street from the consolidated site is not considered to be safe or feasible the main access to the site woudl be from 109 A Street. Any access from 109 A Street would not be supported by the Parkallen community. 61 AVENUE & 109 STREET INTERSECTION RECONFIGURATION:
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The 61 Ave & 109 Street intersection, if returned to its previous configuration, would provide for more commercial development opportunities and zoning needs to be defined. A safer pedestrian corridor between adjacent communities needs to be considered along with future changes to this intersection. URBAN VILLAGE TO REPLACE COMMERCIAL POD IN NE CORNER OF PARKALLEN
The vision is to redevelop the “commercial pod” that borders the NE part of Parkallen into more of an ‘urban village’ with mixed use medium density residential above commercial and retail development. Safe guards need to be in place to avoid establishing bars or night clubs here. This vision would emphasize a “visually appealing, physically safe and pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare that promotes mixed residential and commercial use while supporting the evolution of the adjacent communities as more complete and sustainable communities.” There is no incentive for developers to actually pursue this vision. If it is more profitable to pursue commercial development, then this is what will be built. The City must provide meaningful incentives to encourage developers to build mixed-use residential/commercial development along the 109 Street corridor where the appropriate zoning is in place. There needs to be sensitive transition from new medium density development and adjacent RF1 single family dwelling zoning. TRAFFIC MODE PRIORITIZATION
There is no clear traffic mode prioritization that balances use between pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles and transit. This needs to be planned and included in the budget for any future infrastructure renewal with City Transportation. The priority given to any specific mode must be determined before deciding how a street will be designed. COMPREHENSIVE STREETSCAPE IMPROVEMENT PLANNING (CSIP)
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Implementation of streetscaping along the corridor must first determine the priority of the corridor with a Comprehensive Streetscape Plan with guidelines for streetscape improvements. The 109 Street ARP for the corridor lacks a Comprehensive Streetscape Plan providing guidelines for both private and public streetscaping along the length of the corridor. There needs to be a commitment from City Transportation when infrastructure is up for renewal, that the steps would be in place to ensure the CSIP is implemented. This would ensure that improvements would not occur piecemeal and take years to complete.
Learn to skate Preschool Learn to Skate This program is geared towards children 3 -6 years old who have limited or no skating experience. Children will learn basic skating skills at their own pace. Date: Sundays, January 13 – February 17 Make up sessions February 24 and March 3 Time: 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm Cost: $34 Course Code: 483681
The Civics P ag e(s) Parkallen’s response to the October 31, 2012 109 Street ARP Draft (cont’d) 6.
BALANCING THE USES OF THE CORRIDOR FOR LOCAL AND NON-LOCAL USERS •
Children’s Learn to Skate • This program is geared towards children 6 - 12 years old who have limited or no skating experience. Children will learn basic skating skills at their own pace. Date: Sundays, January 13 – February 17 Make up sessions February 24 and March 3 Time: 2:00 pm -2:45 pm Cost: $41 Course Code: 483680 *Please note that a CSA approved helmet is mandatory* TO REGISTER: Call: 311 Online: http://EReg.edmonton.ca In Person: At any City of Edmonton Leisure Centre
New development must provide adequate parking to prevent non-local users parking on residential streets and deter traffic from cutting through the neighbourhood. This may involve providing parking along 109 Street during non peak hours in the areas designated “commercial pods” with the benefit of parked cars separating pedestrians from traffic in these areas.
Read the most recent version of the 109 Street Corridor Area Redevelopment Plan here.
Stay on top of the University of Alberta’s plans for South Campus! Check the information on their website regularly.
PARKALLEN NEWS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARKALLEN NEWS In the new year we will be asking for your input on some options for the newsletter. If you use email, please send your address to email@example.com so we can stay in touch with you more efficiently. We do not plan to stop printing a paper newsletter right now, but we do need to consider how we can best ensure important information is distributed in a timely fashion. Please visit the web site from time to time and, if you are a facebook user, like us on facebook to get information about events and activities happening in Parkallen. Ours is a busy community with lots going on! Help us keep you up to date! Your Parkallen communications team
Remembering William F. (Bill) Dryden December 18, 1941 – October 25, 2012
Bill Dryden, an important member of the Parkallen Community League executive for almost 25 years, died unexpectedly on Oct. 25 in Sooke, B.C. Bill was the Housing representative on the executive for many years. He was diligent in keeping up with all developments potentially affecting Parkallen, and played an integral role in the formation of the Parkallen-McKernanBelgravia Community Development Plan. On occasion he facilitated development disputes between neighbours, always to everyone’s satisfaction. He engaged in extensive communication with the City, the University, and developers. Bill was also an exceptional executive member; he was interested in and contributed to every aspect of the League’s operations and was always willing to pitch in. He cast an eagle eye over the
Join the PCL Executive! The Parkallen Community League Executive is looking for volunteers for the following positions: • Groundskeeper • Hall Maintenance • Volunteer Coordinator • Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator • Sustainability Coordinator • Transportation If you’re interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer for any of these positions, or to suggest a new one. Meet new people. Learn new skills. Share your talents. Make a difference in your community.
finances of the League and when called upon to chair, he ran a very efficient meeting. He was professional and approachable at all times, and had a wonderful, dry sense of humour. On top of all this, Bill was a professor in pharmacology at the University of Alberta, and was an avid bagpiper, gardener, model train enthusiast, Presbyterian, and on and on. He was a true renaissance man and an exceptional human being. Those of us who were lucky enough to know and work with Bill Dryden will miss him very much.
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PARKALLEN WINTER JOB OPPORTUNITIES The cold weather has arrived we can all look forward to skating and playing hockey this winter! Parkallen's rinks are a highlight for families, community members and guests to enjoy when the temperatures dip. Keeping the rinks running requires ongoing maintenance and supervision. We are looking for volunteers with small engine and machinery experience to take a look at the snow blower and sweeper machines owned by the League. We also have several positions that pay $15/hour.
We particularly need people who are available in the mornings following heavy snow falls.
• Snow/Ice Removers • Rink Shack Supervisors Please contact Sal Blair, Rink Manager through firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for full job descriptions or for more information
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Congratulations To the Quirk y Art CafĂŠ 6535-111 Street on their First anniv ersary!
Your Parkallen Community League Executive: President: Alex Clifford Vice-President: Sam Guffey Casino: Christie Roy Irving Civics: Donna White Community Garden Coordinator: Robert Kirchner Graphics: Lindsay Erickson Groundskeeper: VACANT Hall Coordinator: Marlene Wurfel Hall Maintenance: VACANT Housing and Development: Jan Hardstaff Membership Coordinator: Sandra Stessun Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator: VACANT Newsletter: Anne Pratt Park Redevelopment Committee: Nora Begoray Programs and Social: Leanne Kohn Rink Manager: Sal Blair Secretary: Allison Chevrette Soccer: Meghan Dunnigan Social Media Coordinator: Jessica Bateman South Campus Neighbourhood Coalition: Lawrie Seligman Donna White Sustainability Coordinator: VACANT Transportation: VACANT Treasurer: Brandon Golby Website: Marc Pearce
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