History Book Sale

Are you interested in history, Oliver, downtown Edmonton, and the lives of Edmontonians? Then we have a book for you: The Life of a Neighbourhood - A History of Edmonton's Oliver District 1870-1950

We have over 1,000 copies and so have reduced the price to $10. This book took years to create and needs to be read and in the hands of people who will enjoy it - not in the storage room.

Help us sell these books and honour the many, many hours that went into its creation and the people who worked so hard to bring it to fruition.

Only $10 per book. Or a box of 18 is $150.

Why a box? Many of you give gifts to VIP's (family and business, alike) who visit Edmonton and this is a perfect gift.

Available at all OCL events and on Wednesday's from 2-6 pm at the hall.

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MSO Chair/Director Position Vacancy

The Oliver Community League has an open position for Director who's main responsibility would be to Chair the Make Something Oliver microgranting initiative.   In addition to holding a voting position on the OCL board, this person would chair the committee that manages MSO and report to the board.  This would be an interim position that concludes in April at the AGM.

The ideal candidate will be community-focused, process-driven, and committed to upholding the values and strategic goals of the Oliver Community League.  The ability to analyze, create, and implement policies around MSO is critical to the position.  Further, the ability to assist applicants and encourage participation in MSO in the spirit of community and positive engagement is required. 
The position would be part of the 15-member Board of Directors that guides the league's activities, advocacies, goals, and future.  The commitment of voluntary hours is required and expected.  The board is very active and progressive, respected, and busy. 
If this sounds interesting and exciting to you, please apply at info@olivercommunity.com.
Questions can be directed to the same email address.
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Kitchener Park Ready for Play

Kitchener Park is ready for play!  After years of planning and, finally, development, we had our grand opening ribbon cutting October 4.  Be sure to stop by and have some fun. 

Here is what OCL President, Lisa Brown, had to say at the grand opening:

"In Edmonton, that parks and green spaces are essential elements in our urban fabric is clearly recognized. Oliver is so fortunate to have so many parks and green spaces: Ezio Farone and Monsignor Williams Irvin in Grandin, Grant Notley above the river, Oliver and Kitchener, and Paul Kane, which the City of Edmonton will be revitalizing in the next couple years.
Of course, we also have incredible access to one of North America's largest urban parkland system: the North Saskatchewan River Valley.
We are certainly lucky in Oliver, but we are also a neighbourhood 19,000 strong. We need these parks and green spaces.
Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City, was in Edmonton last week, and he spoke about public spaces being our collective living room in high density communities. Colin Ellard, a University of Waterloo professor that studies the impact of urban design on human psychology, spoke about the numerous benefits of being in a green space. They have observed, for example, lower amounts of the stress hormone cortisone in people while in a green space versus a congested street.
So, it is not an exaggeration to state that places like Kitchener Park make us healthier and happier.
They bring us together, as the Abundant Communities Initiative has done over the last year.
So, thank you to the Kitchener Park committee members - your dedication and hard work have not only improved a valued play space, you've also contributed to our collective living room - and we're all better for it.
Kitchener Park was created by community groups in 1923. Even the trees here were provided by the Oliver Community League in partnership with other organizations. In 2003, the Oliver Community League, under the direction of long time President Hilda Sucre, instigated a needs assessment of the park.
We now have a spray park, mural, and wonderful new playground space, officially for ages 0-12, but really for all ages. The train theme recognizes the history of rail in Oliver.
This development is over $$0.5 million investment in the park. Funding was provided by the Province of Alberta through the Community Facility Enhancement Fund and Community Spirit Grant. The City of Edmonton provided funding through the Neighbourhood Parks Development Program, as well as support from many Community Recreation Coordinators. As well, we had community fundraising efforts and private donations. Thank you to all our funders!"
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Paul Kane Park Ornamental Pond Update

Paul Kane Park Ornamental Pond Project Update

Wednesday October 14
6:00 - 7:30 PM
@ Christ Church 12116-102 Avenue
Please note: Presentation at 6:15 PM
Everyone welcome! Come view the design drawings for the water feature at Paul Kane Park which are based on the approved concept option.
For for more information visit edmonton.ca/paulkanepond, phone 311 or e-mail 311@edmonton.ca
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Kitchener Park Grand Opening and Potluck

Kitchener Park is redeveloped and looking wonderful. Join us as we celebrate!

This project has taken years of dedicated work by our Kitchener Park Committee, city representatives, and so many others involved in the project.

Speeches and recognition - 5:30 pm
Potluck - 6 pm
Hot Chocolate* & Cake - 7 pm

This event is FREE. Please bring a potluck item and label your dishes and ingredients if attending the potluck.

*Hot chocolate provided by the Kitchener Park Abundant Communities Initiative.

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Oliver BBQ, Games, and Beer Garden

Saturday, September 19 - Join the Oliver and Downtown Edmonton Community Leagues at Oliver Park (10326 118 St.) to celebrate Community League Day and the conclusion of the summer season.

Games in Oliver Park from 2 to 4 pm.

BBQ + Beer Garden in Oliver Park from 5 pm to midnight. Burgers $3, Hot Dogs $2, Cash Bar

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Kitchener Park Construction! Keep an eye on the park please!

New playground equipment is being installed now! Spray park operations should be unaffected.

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Jasper Ave Redevelopment June Meeting

Jasper Avenue Redevelopment Meeting: Summary Notes                                       

June 1, 2015  Attendance: 55 people



Meeting Opening

Oliver Community League Board Member Jarrett Campbell began the meeting with a presentation that provided participants with background information on the Jasper Avenue renewal, including an overview of the capital planning process and the potential opportunities that could be leveraged.

After the initial introduction and presentation on background information, participants broke into six small groups to brainstorm two initial questions:

1: What is your vision for a renewed Jasper Avenue?

2: What groups need to be engaged as part of this process? How should they be engaged?

Discussion #1: What is your vision for a renewed Jasper Avenue

  • ·         A frequently raised point by participants was safety. Those in attendance at the meeting believe that the most important part of a renewal of Jasper will be to make the street safer for pedestrians.
    • o   The current design of the road makes it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians in uncontrolled crosswalks, who may be up to seven lanes away. Every crossing on Jasper should have some sort of signal device (i.e. traffic lights or pedestrian lights).
  • ·         More broadly, participants believed that a renewed Jasper Avenue needs to strike a better balance between the needs of pedestrians and the needs of people commuting by car.
    • o   Importantly, session participants recognized the importance of Jasper Avenue as a commuter route for people travelling out of downtown by car, but also noted its importance as the main street in Oliver – a neighbourhood with a high number of people who commute by bicycle and by walking. The redesign should not give preference to one of these groups over the others.
  • ·         Participants believed that it was a false dichotomy to suggest that road lanes would have to be removed in order to accommodate wider, more pedestrian friendly sidewalks. Rather, they believed that lanes could be made more narrow in order to accommodate the expanded sidewalk.
    • o   Participants believed that narrower lanes could have the additional benefit of lowering the average speed of traffic. Drivers base their speed on what they feel is safe, not on the posted speed limit. The existing wide lanes encourage drivers to exceed the 50 kilometre per hour speed limit, adding to safety concerns.
  • ·         It was suggested that the design process examine other high-pedestrian traffic areas of the City for examples. These included 124th Street, 118th Avenue, and 82nd Avenue.

Discussion #2: What groups need to be engaged as part of this process? How should they be engaged?

  • ·         Participants want both the Community League and the City to engage broadly with the community, and with Edmontonians as a whole. They specifically asked that in addition to Oliver residents the following groups be targeted for engagement:
    • o   Local seniors
    • o   Local business owners and operators
    • o   Communities to the west of Oliver (Glenora, etc)
  • ·         A wide range of engagement techniques were recommended, including:
    • o   Door-knocking
    • o   Pop-up/street-level engagement booths
    • o   Design charrettes
    • o   Community meetings
  • ·         In addition to engagement, participants asked the League to ensure that information about the Jasper Avenue redesign is frequently distributed throughout the process so that residents are able to stay up to date. This could include information sharing through:
    • o   The Community League website
    • o   The Yards and other local media outlets
    • o   Direct mail/postcards
    • o   Information displayed at local businesses
  • ·         Lastly, participants recommended the Community League ensure that representatives from the City are involved in the process and in attendance at engagement events to help answer questions from the general public.

The Process Going Forward

  • ·         The Community League will finalize a consultation process in the coming weeks and will publicize further details online as they become available.
  • ·         The Community led process will conclude in early Fall 2015. A summary of the results from this process will be presented to the City once the City led consultation begins.





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Summer Swim Times

Bring your membership card and have fun!

Outdoor Pool Schedule:


Fred Broadstock Outdoor Pool

May 30 – August 29, 2015: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Oliver Outdoor Pool

June 14 - Sept 6, 2015: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool

May 31 – August 28, 2015: Sunday & Tuesday 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Monday & Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Mill Creek Outdoor Pool

May 30 - Sept 6, 2015: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Summer Student Position

Oliver Community League requires a summer student to help plan, coordinate, and execute community events.  Starting June 1 for 8 weeks; 30 hours/week.  Variable hours.  Reporting to board of directors and working alongside office manager.

Ideal candidate will be a post-secondary student of an event planner program, a self-starter, and enjoy working with a diverse and dynamic community.

For more information or to apply, please email info@olivercommunity.com  with SUMMER STUDENT in the subject line.  Applications close May 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm

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