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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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?
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com in advance of the meeting.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
If you have misplaced your letter, or have questions, you can contact Sue Buhler at firstname.lastname@example.org or Verna Stainthorp at email@example.com or by calling 780-479-8019.
January no-sew rug workshop
Floors feeling a bit cold this winter? Have some scrap fabric around? Make a rug to keep your tootsies toasty at the Spruce Ave Community League No-sew Rug Workshop. Here are the details:
- 2-4 PM Saturday, January 21.
- Spruce Avenue Community Hall 10240 – 115 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta
- Pay what you can for league members (any league)
- Bring whatever fabric you’d like to turn into rugs and a pair of scissors, if you can. Extra fabric and scissors will be provided.
- All ages welcome. Activity appropriate for children ages 8+
Hope to see you there.
7:00 – 9:00 PM, Thursday, December 8, 2016
Spruce Avenue Community Hall, 10240 – 115 Avenue
Pay What You Can for league members
Memberships available on site
Call Nadine at 780 716 8603 for more info