Learning lessons in community decision making Norwood Grade 3 students participate in Norwood Square Park project

Two Norwood School Grade 3 classes worked with Rocky Pilisko, one of the city’s community recreation coordinators, in a project aimed at redeveloping Norwood Square Park. The students shared what they learned about the decision-making process used to make changes within a community park.  

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This summer, enjoy the benefits of biking Celebrate Bicycle Month this June with these tips

June is Bike Month, a time when summer weather beckons us to enjoy the simple freedom of riding a bicycle.

Edmontonians in the Rat Creek area are fortunate to live in a flat, compact neighbourhood well suited for cyclists. We have a variety of local shops and tree-lined streets that make short trips for errands a pleasure. Within a kilometre of my home, I’m blessed with multiple grocery stores, restaurants and parks, plus a recreation centre and library. Visiting these places by bicycle is quick and easy.

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Remembering our past helps us learn and plan Sharing our connections with gratitude and a smile

I have a lot of blessings to smile about when I think about being nehiyaw, a Cree person.

Smiling is an act of gratitude and connection, and there are so many blessings I am grateful for as a nehiyawiskwew (Cree woman). The act of introduction in nehiyawewin (Cree language) is a reminder of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual response that evokes a smile (pahpiwânâkosiwin).

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Taking the time to foster inclusivity Thanking those who broke down walls

June is LGBTQ Pride Month. For many people in our city, it is a time for celebration and showing pride in who they are.

The Edmonton Pride Festival has become one of the largest festivals in Edmonton, drawing nearly 40,000 people to the parade alone. Edmonton’s Pride Festival, June 3 to 12, is officially endorsed by the city and attended by both the mayor and premier. Last year, even the future Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marched in the parade.

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Helping immigrants settle and integrate Organization helps African immigrant youth and families make Edmonton home

Through the Sinkunia Community Development Organization (SCDO), Issa Kamara has translated a passion for helping his community in Sierra Leone into helping his adopted community of Edmonton.

Everyone in Kamara’s rural hometown supported him as he completed his bachelor’s degree. In 2000, he moved to Canada and completed a master’s degree in social work. In 2008, Kumara started Sinkunia as a way to return the support he had been given throughout his life. His hometown now boasts wells, a community garden, and a community ranch through his efforts.

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Pests, be gone! Creating a healthy garden How to keep destructive insects away from plants

We all want glorious gardens where pests don’t pester. The unseasonably warm weather has meant our plants are starting to thrive. But healthy plants are attractive to insects and other pests, which can decimate a garden in no time.

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Bring your sunscreen and smiles for AveFest Free festival engages community and unites neighbours

AveFest is back for more community fun on the Canada Day long weekend, where festival goers will be treated to free food and entertainment such as lawn games, crafts, face painting, a watermelon eating contest and tug of war.

“This is going to be a community event that seeks to engage the community. The idea is that we’re able to bring together different parts of the community into a festival that is designed not just for observers but for participants,” explained Arthur Dyck, festival organizer.

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Still no pool in Borden Park this season Pool was redesigned due to budget needs

Good news for swimmers: Borden Park pool is targeted to open in late summer of 2017.

Calgary-based New Perspective Pools will build the Natural Swimming Experience pool. Built in 1920, the original pool was in dire need of a new filtration system. Rather than invest in an aged facility, a series of open houses pinpointed the need for something new. Three years ago, the idea for the first natural swimming pool in Canada was approved with input from local residents. In 2014, the old pool was closed.

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Cool off in pools and spray parks this summer Have fun with affordable entertainment

The City of Edmonton offers four outdoor pools and numerous spray parks for cooling down on hot summer days.

Two community leagues, Elmwood Park and Alberta Avenue, are diving in with memberships that provide free access to all outdoor pools. Local residents, as well as those living outside the community borders, are eligible for membership.

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