GARAGE SALE & JANE’S WALK: THIS WEEKEND!

Don’t forget!

The Spruce Avenue Community Garage Sale is happening now!

When: Friday May 4th 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Saturday May 5th 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Where: Spruce Avenue Community Hall, 10240 – 115 avenue 

What: An opportunity to shop, donate to our community and socialize! Concession open, with proceeds to the park project. 

Also! Join us for the….

4th Annual Jane’s Walk!

Saturday May 5th! Jane’s Walk is an international festival of free, citizen-led walks encouraging people to share community stories and use walking as a way to connect with neighbours. This year we are changing things up and will hold a House Histories Tour, visiting homes participating in our Heritage Home sign program. We’ll share some of the interesting histories of some of Spruce Ave’s homes and first residents. 

Meet in front of the old North Telephone Exchange building (now the AHS Rehab Research Centre) at 10105-112 Ave (corner of 101st) at 10am. Bring your walking shoes & a water bottle and join in. All are welcome. 

Visit janeswalk.org/canada/edmonton/ for info on all Edmonton walks.

Summer Daycamp: An Artist’s Bistro

An Artist’s Bistro Summer Camp

Attend a summer camp here in Spruce Avenue! View the poster.

An Artist’s Bistro
Exercise your creativity in the kitchen and the studio! Over the
week of the camp, you will create crafts, pieces of art and
tantalizing treats. At the end of the week, you will set up an Artist’s Bistro in which you will display your creations and serve your guests some of the recipes you’ve learned.

Date: August 20 – 24
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Ages 6 – 9
Cost: $156
Course Code: 626199

To register:

  • Call 311
  • Online at ereg.edmonton.ca
  • In person at any City of Edmonton Recreation Centre

Spruce Avenue an “Unexpected Gem”

A recent study by U of A students regarding Edmonton’s 10 best neighbourhoods for millennials ranks Spruce Avenue number 6!

From an article in the Edmonton Journal by Elise Stolte:

“Just toss Avenue Edmonton’s best neighbourhood list — that’s Janna Bradshaw and Stephanie Kovach’s best advice for a millennial who is house hunting.

The two University of Alberta human geography and planning students set out to use Edmonton’s Open Data catalogue to analyze the best neighbourhoods for the generation born between the early 1980s and 2000s, the millennials. For fun, they compared it to the annual ranking in the local monthly lifestyle magazine.

The lists were completely different.”

Click here to read the full article and see the map.

Director Needed!

The Spruce Avenue Community League Board is looking to fill the position of Civics & Neighbourhood Development Director.

What is this position?

  • The Civics & Neighbourhood Development Director monitors the civic concerns of the neighbourhood including new development and infill, Bylaw changes, and permit variances.
  • With the President, the Civics & Neighbourhood Development Director represents SACL at events/consultations with the City of Edmonton and reports to the board on matters relating to development in the neighbourhood.

Why is this position important?

Spruce Avenue is a mature neighbourhood with unique needs and challenges. As the City grows, our demographics are shifting toward a mix of young families and professionals, elderly homeowners, and students. With the City encouraging densification, infill is an ongoing issue. A Civics & Neighbourhood Development Director is aware of the development that is being proposed, can keep our board and residents up-to-date, and can communicate our neighbourhood’s concerns to the City.

What expertise do I need?

Knowledge of existing infill development bylaws is an asset, but not necessary! We require someone with clear communication skills who has an interest in becoming familiar with the bylaws.

 Note: Volunteering on the SACL Board waives your membership fee.

Interested? Have Questions?

Please contact president@spruceavenuecommunity.com

SACL Bylaw Changes: Notification of Meeting

The Spruce Avenue Community League Board seeks to replace existing SACL Bylaws (written in 1954, last amended 2008).

A new set of Bylaws has been drafted using EFCL’s Best Practice Guidelines as a template. This draft seeks to provide better protocol and structure for our organization by including terms of reference and a policy on board conduct. The draft has been approved by the Executive for consideration, and was circulated to the board on January 23rd, 2018, for discussion.

A vote will be called at the April 24th, 2018 Board Meeting (7pm at the SACL Hall) to replace the existing SACL Bylaws with the new Bylaws.

Any questions or concerns can be forwarded to president@spruceavenuecommunity.com

LEARN TO SKATE WRAP UP

Snacks, skating instructors, face painting and more!

This free drop in event is targeted to the families who participated in the 2018 Learn to Skate program; however, all are welcome to attend!

 

WHERE: ROGERS PLACE, Main Ice, 10214 104Ave

WHEN: Sunday, March 18th

TIME: 3pm-5pm

 

Skates and helmets are required to participate. Equipment will be available to borrow if you do not have your own.

 

For more info: edmonton.ca/playgrounds or call 311

 

 

SPRUCE AVENUE NEIGHBOURHOOD RECONSTRUCTION PUBLIC MEETING

WHEN: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 5pm- 8:30pm (Drop in)

WHERE: NAIT MAIN CAMPUS (CAT Building) 11762 106st

Spruce Avenue residents and property owners are invited to attend a final public meeting about upcoming neighbourhood reconstruction, before work begins this spring.

 

City staff will:

  • Display and explain the final neighbourhood design, including sidewalk and intersection modifications
  • Inform property owners about the local improvement process
  • Inform residents about what to expect during construction
  • Discuss bike infrastructure along 114 Avenue and along 106 Street

 

Neighbourhood reconstruction will include:

  • Reconstruction/resurfacing of roadways
  • Replacement of streetlights
  • Reconstruction of sidewalks, curbs and gutters
  • Adding sidewalks where there are missing links

 

 

We hope to see you there!

 

For more information visit edmonton.ca/BuildingSpruceAvenue

January News and Activities

YEG FAMILY CONNECT 2018: you are invited!

What: The North Central Interagency invites you and your family to join in for food, resources, haircuts, family photo booth, kids’ activities, and more!

When: January 20th, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Where: Alberta Avenue Community League, 9210 118ave

 

WHAT’S NEW IN SPRUCE AVENUE?

Lights!

You may have noticed that the skating rink lights are shining a little brighter. As the light poles were beginning to show corrosion and had exceeded their expected use, the Spruce Avenue Community League Board replaced the ten poles with galvanized steel and ten new energy efficient LED floodlights.

Community league casino funds were used to apply for matching grants to the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program and the City of Edmonton Community League Infrastructure Program. Without this funding this project would not have been possible. For over 65 years the outdoor community rink has been the centre of activity for families living in Spruce Avenue and surrounding communities. The rink continues to be enjoyed by our residents, as well as students attending Spruce Avenue School and St. Basil School. Hopefully the enjoyment will continue for years to come.

Trees!

Our community was fortunate to receive a donation of twenty-five oak and maple trees for the park area. The trees were planted at the end of September and involved Grade 7 students from the Spruce Avenue and St. Basil Schools. A huge thank you is extended to Roots for Trees, City of Edmonton Forestry, and the Canada 150 Committee for making this possible. This will not only will beautify the area but also provide much needed shade. It’s a great start to SACL’s desire for trees in the playground area.

 

NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL 2018

Stay tuned for upcoming community meetings regarding Neighbourhood Renewal.

Decorative Street Lighting Initiative: Spruce Avenue was not successful in demonstrating community support for the Decorative Street Lighting option as part of Neighbourhood Renewal. As a result, the standard galvanized street poles will be installed in our neighbourhood.

For more info about Building Great Neighbourhoods go to edmonton.ca/localimprovements

 

 

FREE DROP-IN LEARN-TO-SKATE PROGRAM

 WHERE:         Spruce Avenue Community Hall, 10240 – 115 ave

WHEN:           Saturdays from 10am – 1pm, January 13 to February 17

Learn and practice your skills through fun games and activities. This is a free drop-in program targeted for children ages 6 – 12 and their families, however all are welcome to attend. Children must be dressed for the weather conditions and have a helmet and skates.

Want to participate but can’t afford equipment? Call Verna @ 780-479-8019 for a referral to Sports Central for skates and helmets.

Programs will cancel at -25 Celsius with wind chill or if the ice is closed by the facility.

For more information, please visit edmonton.ca/playgrounds or call 311.

Click HERE for SKATING RINK HOURS

 

CASINO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 WHERE:         Grande Villa Casino downtown (10214 – 104 avenue)

WHEN:           Saturday April 7th, 2018 and Sunday April 8th, 2018

 

As the casino is the main source of fundraising for the community league, we ask that you consider volunteering for one of the positions listed. It is an opportunity to contribute to your community as well as meet residents of Spruce Avenue. Casino funds have enabled the league to apply for matched grants in order to complete a number of upgrades and community projects. These include: the re-development of the playground, development of the spray park, addition to the hall, construction of a storage garage, development and maintenance of the outdoor rink, purchase of ice maintenance equipment including a zamboni, installation of a walking trail which ensures access to the playground area from 114 ave, retrofitting the community hall to be wheelchair accessible, ongoing maintenance and repairs to the hall, upgrades to the kitchen and the current development of a parking lot.

Please contact Verna @ 780-479-801 or treasurer@spruceavenuecommunity.com to volunteer.

  

BOARD MEMBER VACANCIES

If you are interested in joining the Spruce Avenue Community League Board, we would love to hear from you. We are currently looking to fill vacant director positions, including Director of Neighbourhood Development. If you are interested in guiding infill development in the community and have some knowledge of existing infill development bylaws, or are interested in becoming familiar with the bylaws, contact us at president@spruceavenuecommunity.com.

 

THANK YOU!!

A huge shout out to the residents who light up our community. The array of holiday lights was absolutely beautiful!

 

The next community league meeting is Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 @ 7:00 pm at the SACL hall. Items for the meeting agenda must be emailed to secretary@spruceavenuecommunity.com in advance of the meeting.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

 

 

 

 

Skating Schedule at Spruce Avenue

The cold snap has broken and SACL hopes to see you at the rink! Skating is free for all community league members. Memberships available for purchase at the rink/hall or by visiting https://efcl.org/membership/.

Please note the rink closes when the temperature, with wind chill, is -20C or lower.

 

SPRUCE AVENUE COMMUNITY RINK HOURS

Monday:    4 – 6 pm family skate & 7 – 9 pm family skate and kids’ shinny hockey

Tuesday:  4 – 6 pm family skate & 7 – 9 pm shinny hockey (must be booked in advance by calling Henry @ 780-499-2649)

Wednesday: 4 – 6 pm family skate

Thursday: 4 – 6 pm family skate & 7 – 9 pm shinny hockey (must be booked in advance by calling Henry @ 780-499-2649)

Friday: 4 – 6 pm family skate & 7 – 9 pm family skate and kid’s shinny hockey

Saturday: 1 – 5 pm family skate & 7 – 9 pm family skate and kid’s shinny hockey

Sunday: 2 – 4 pm family skate

 

NOTE:    CCA approved helmets must be worn by all skaters. Skates and helmets are available at the rink for your use free of charge.

 

SPECIAL SKATING HOURS

For this last week of school holidays (January 2nd – January 7th), the rink will be open from 2-5pm and 7-9pm, with the exception of Wednesday (January 3rd)– when it will be open 2-5pm.

 

 

Decorative Street Lighting in Spruce Ave

Neighbourhood Renewal will start in Spruce Avenue in Spring 2018, bringing with it the opportunity for Decorative Street Lighting.

The Spruce Avenue Community League supports Decorative Street Lightning because:

  • As opposed to the current standard galvanized street lights, decorative street lights have features that include colour, pole styles, and pole arm types.
  • It is an inexpensive, lasting way to beautify our neighbourhood.
  • It demonstrates pride and community engagement.
  • It is an opportunity to acknowledge our history and display heritage street names at no extra cost. Decorative street lighting presents the option for decorative street blades that include the historical street names (in addition to numerical name). Did you know that 112 ave was once called Spruce Avenue?

In Spruce Avenue, the type of decorative streetlight for consideration is the heritage style, black, with octagonal base.   This was determined via a community engagement survey taken at the SACL Open House in October, 2016.

Cost to Homeowner

Determined by the size of your lot, not by the number of streetlights near your home:

$10.62/m if paid lump sum, and $0.92/m if amortized over 15 years.

Examples:

A 44′ lot: $12.45/year ($1.04/month) or $143.77 paid outright.

A 50’ lot: $14.15/year ($1.17/month)or $163.38 paid outright.

Action Needed!

Homeowners received an Expression of Interest letter regarding Decorative Street Lighting from the City of Edmonton in September. The deadline for returning this letter is November 15th, 2017.

Please remember to send it in! Decorative Street Lighting is an initiative that is only offered through Neighbourhood Renewal, therefore, this is Spruce Avenue’s one chance for this program.

You can scan or take a photo of your letter and email to buildinggreatneighbourhoods@edmonton.ca or 311@edmonton.ca

 

If you have misplaced your letter, or have questions, you can contact Sue Buhler at suebuhler1968@gmail.com or Verna Stainthorp at spruceaveleague@shaw.ca or by calling  780-479-8019.