ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING APRIL 20

Join us Wednesday, April 20 at 7 pm for our Annual General Meeting.  Six positions are up for nominations:  vice-president, treasurer, Make Something Oliver director, membership director, communications director, and one director-at-large.  For more information on what it is like to be on OCL's board, click here:  http://www.olivercommunity.com/what_it_s_like_to_be_on_ocl_s_board

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Website Redesign

The Oliver Community League is calling for proposals from capable firms/individuals to provide professional services in order to redesign their website currently found at www.olivercommunity.com. If you wish to receive more information, please email officemanager@olivercommunity.com for the full RFP.

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Imagine Jasper Community, Business, and Residents Committee

Apply for the Community, Business, and Residents Committee

The Community, Business and Residents Committee (CBRC) is a group of people invited to act as representatives of the community, businesses, residents and stakeholder groups who may have an interest in Jasper Avenue. 

The CBRC is intended to act in an advisory role, assisting the Project Team (made up of City staff and consultants) in the development and testing of the Project Vision and design options. The CBRC will be asked to provide background information and ‘local knowledge’ that the Project Team may not be aware of otherwise. The CBRC may also be asked to provide feedback on public engagement materials and approaches.

Apply online at edmonton.ca/ImagineJasperAvenue - applications are open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

Questions or comments? Contact the Project Team at
imaginejasperavenue@edmonton.ca.

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ATCO in Oliver

A note from ATCO:

To ensure continued safe and reliable natural gas service to customers, ATCO Gas is installing a natural gas line in your neighbourhood.

Project details:

  •         ATCO Gas is installing a natural gas line along 121 Street from 102 Avenue to 106 Avenue. The combination of 323mm/12in and 406mm/16in steel pipe will be approximately .75km/.5mi in length
  •         Installation is scheduled to begin around January 18, 2016 and will be complete around February 29, 2016, weather permitting.

Potential impacts:

For the duration of the project, there will be closures as follows:

  •         The bike lane on 121 Street from 102 Avenue to 104 Avenue
  •         The parking lane on 121 Street from 104 Avenue to 106 Avenue
  •         The bike and walking trail at the north end of 106 Ave and east of 121 Street
  •         Partial sidewalk closure on 121 Street between 102 and 103 Avenue

Robert B. Somerville Co. Limited (Somerville) has been contracted by ATCO Gas to complete this portion of the work. You may receive or have received more detailed information regarding the work scheduled to take place.

While in the vicinity of your property, Somerville’s work will consist of digging on the roadways and/or boulevards in your neighbourhood. Excavations open and accessible to the public will be supervised by a Somerville representative. If unsupervised, the site will be fenced and/or barricaded to help ensure public safety. Please be aware of these hazards and avoid excavation sites.

ATCO Gas is completing this work as part of ATCO Pipelines’ Urban Pipeline Replacement (UPR) Program, which involves replacing and relocating vintage high-pressure pipelines in Calgary and Edmonton primarily into the Transportation/ Utility Corridors surrounding both cities. 

ATCO Gas thanks you for your cooperation and we will make every effort to minimize any inconvenience. We will complete our work in a safe, efficient manner and restore the work area to the same condition as it was before the start of the project.

Questions?  Visit http://www.atcopipelines.com/upr/

 

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History Book Sale

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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