We asked and you generously gave us your feedback on our Callaghan Park Development Project. Over the month of February, we had more than a hundred responses to our on-line survey. We want this to be YOUR park and that's why it is so important to hear what the community wants to see come to life in that space. We connected with several of you at Winterfest, during community soccer registration and through a call for feedback through "Community Views".
Here is a summary and a few of the highlights we found through the survey. This information will be useful when working with our City Planner and Landscape Architect.
Furthermore, we are in the midst of fundraising. It's a huge undertaking for a community as it takes about $650,000 on average to build a park. Please contact us if you're willing to chair our Fundraising committee or help out with the donation drive in any capacity.
If you'd still like to have your say about the design of the park, we're always open to ideas:
We're stronger with you on board to ensure the vision you have for your community park comes to life.
According to the City of Edmonton the existing playground structures in Blackburne Creek will need to be replaced in the near future. A playground committee of residents was successfully formed to plan and fundraise for the project. Photo and map below.
For more information visit http://www.blackburneplayground.ca/
It may be a while before the K-6 Catholic School is built in Cavanagh, but luckily in the meantime the developers in Cavanagh are generously planning to build a “pocket park”. It will:
- be located south of 30th Ave SW and East of Blackmud Creek
- have equipment for children aged 2-12
- feature an open grassy area and a concrete seating plaza
Open for Fun!
The community league is extremely grateful to the developer in Allard, MLC Land, for buidling the playground. Community leagues typically have to fundraise for the construction of a playground and this can take several years. We now have the opportunity to fast-track a community league hall.
There’s a “secret” playground in Richford meant for smaller children.
Here’s a photo and a map.
The playground in Blackmud Creek, aka Southbrook, is a centerpiece of the community, where the annual Community League Day festivities are held. Some photos of the playground are provided below. The parkland that the playground sits on also features green space for soccer, a baseball diamond, and a tobogganing hill.
- Thank you to the first committee led by Christine Buck for all their hard work. It is due to their commitment and perseverance that the first phase was built. They faced many challenges and setbacks that caused many frustrations and delays. However they pushed on and because of their vision and dedication, the first phase was built in 2006. Since there wasn’t an official grand opening for this phase, it is important to recognize their efforts at this time.
- Thank you to the second committee – Christine McVige, Lisa Anderson, Colinda Andrews, Taunya Mielke, Dawn Harsch, Michelle Keylor and Julie Cyr
- Thank you to the province Alberta Lottery Fund – Community Facilities Enhancement Program (CFEP) for a grant of $234,981, the City Of Edmonton Neighborhood Park Development Program (NPDP) for $210,000 and the Community Spirit Grant for $9671
- The Blackmud Creek Community residents donated $10,551 and we also raised $7357.71 through bottle drives and a garage sale.
- Thank you to our corporate donors: BMO, Scotia Bank, Southbrook Sobey’s, Lou Dog Energy, ATB Southbrook and H&J Properties.
- Doorprizes for fundraisers – Blockbuster, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Second Cup, Panago, Sonic 102.9 FM, and the City of Edmonton
- Donations for the Grand Opening Ceremony – Sobey’s Southbrook for plates, condiments and napkins, The Adam Derksen Real Estate Team for drinks, and M&M Meats Southbrook for a discounted price on meats and the use of their barbecue
- Thank you to the Blackmud Creek Community League for paying for the food and entertainment at the grand opening
- Thank you to Laura Shewchuk, our Community Recreation Coordinator, Vic Karaki, Project manager Parks Branch, Darrell Nordell, Project Manager Parks Branch and Becky Redford, Project Manager Parks Branch for all of their hard work and guidance
- As well, a huge thank you to all the Blackmud Creek residents that helped with bottle drives, the garage sale and the grand opening on June 12th. The grand opening was a huge success but it would not have been possible without all of our volunteers!