Every spring, Andrea Ruelling reads Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life for inspiration.
Her garden is inspirational as well. The front yard is divided into raised beds, two of which are self-watering. Peas and squash plants climb lattices, ripe strawberries tempt passersby, lettuce and carrots flourish. That’s but a sampling of the front yard, never mind a backyard full of potatoes, dill, tomatoes, sunflowers, raspberries, rhubarb and more.
Continue reading Local resident’s garden is a labour of love Andrea Ruelling grows food and brings neighbours together
Terry Protz is a lifelong resident of Norwood. Walking with me along Norwood Boulevard east of Norwood School, Protz provided fascinating details on local history.
Today these city blocks are victims of urban blight. “It used to be a good neighbourhood,” said Protz.
Norwood Boulevard was a lively mixed use area during the Second World War and the years following the war. This working class district contained several businesses, a church, and modest homes.
Continue reading Enjoy local history by taking a walk East Norwood Boulevard is an untapped historical resource
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.
Continue reading Still no pool in Borden Park this season Pool was redesigned due to budget needs
Himalayan Balsam is a beautiful flower, but its seeds launch six meters and quickly overtakes other plants.
“Invasive plants don’t grow naturally here, they’re brought in intentionally or unintentionally,” said Daniel Laubhann, environmental technician with the city. “In a natural environment, other factors keep the plants in check.”
Continue reading Tackling invasive plants and common weeds Knowing the difference between harmful and useful plants makes a difference
Eastwood Community League will soon be offering dog training.
The six week course will run once a week for an hour. No time or date has been finalized, but information will be available on the Eastwood Community League Facebook page.
The idea to host dog training classes stemmed from MuttStock, a dog-related festival held at Eastwood Community League.
Continue reading Teaching good behaviour to man’s best friend Eastwood Community League offers six week dog training course
A public meeting held by city staff on June 22 discussed the future of Norwood Boulevard from 109 to 82 Street.
Urban planners have never holistically studied this area identified as needing revitalization because it is crossed by several ward, neighbourhood, and plan boundaries.
“Nobody’s ever looked at Norwood Boulevard, both sides of the street, in one shot,” said Robert Lipka, principal planner and project leader.
Continue reading City launches Norwood Boulevard study Goal is to create a sustainable and vibrant streetscape
Problem properties are found on nearly every block of our community. Some need bylaw attention for overgrown lawns, unshoveled sidewalks, or poorly maintained buildings. Others have yards collecting garbage, weeds, and car parts. More than a few have tenants getting frequent visits from police and emergency services.
In some of the worst cases, drug dealing and violence have caused considerable trauma to those communities.
Continue reading Solutions for problem properties Ways to improve neighbourhood safety
OK, I am a little old-fashioned. When someone says community, I think of people coming together to communicate—you know, talking in that quaint face-to-face way. And when someone uses the word neighbourhood, I think of friendly people chatting or offering to mow the lawn or just being neighbourly. This obviously dates me to the pre-digital age.
Continue reading Recipes for a nurturing neighbourhood Fighting urban isolation to create a community
Alberta Avenue, known for arts and revitalization, also has beautiful yards and gardens. Follow along on a tour of this charming neighbourhood.
Continue reading Touring the best of Alberta Avenue’s sites Walk or bicycle in Alberta Avenue’s diverse neighbourhood
From interesting houses and beautiful yards to a ravine and river valley oasis, you will find it all in Parkdale-Cromdale. As I walk, cycle, or drive through our mature neighbourhood, I’m thankful I don’t live in a cookie-cutter treeless suburb.
Below are two different walking tours, one of Parkdale and one of Cromdale/Viewpoint (with lots of pictures!).
Continue reading Uniqueness and beauty in Parkdale-Cromdale Take a tour of interesting houses, beautiful yards, and local business