Messages from the Ermineskin Community League Board
Thank you to all who came out to the New Year’s Day Family Skate. Mother Nature helped out by warming up and allowing us all to escape our homes and get some fresh air. The kids had fun on the toboggan hill, young first time skaters, with wobbly legs, were on the skating rink and a fun multi-generational hockey game started up on the hockey rink.
I would like to thank all the community members who help make our community a better place to live by volunteering their time and skills. After 8 years of fund raising the new Ermineskin playground opened and is a very popular destination.
The 33rd Annual Ermineskin Craft Fair attracted 1,000 visitors and our Preschool Garage Sale was another huge successes. Thank you to all who helped out.
During 2017 we had volunteers working to make sure that our communities interests were heard on the latest round of Century Park developments. For several months, members of the Board have been working with the developers’ representative on finalizing a Good Neighbour Agreement. The Good Neighbour Agreement is a document that outlines how the developer and the Ermineskin Community League can work together. We look forward to concluding this Agreement in 2018.
In mid-October, the Board was notified that EPCOR is considering digging a flood mitigation dry pond on the southwest corner of the Steinhauer Elementary School, displacing the toboggan hill and small skating rink.
We have reached out to EPCOR to ask for information and they have told the Board that it is still in preliminary discussions. As a Board we have concerns over this proposed project and have expressed those to EPCOR.
The Board looks forward to a positive meeting with EPRCOR in early January to begin the public consultation and information sharing process. We will keep the community informed via the Enlightener, the Ermineskin Facebook page and direct emails where needed.
Our next big event will be SkiFest, January 27 at the Ermineskin Community League Hall. This is a great event with free cross country skiing lessons, snow shoeing, and hay rides. Our Community League will be organizing a chilli cook off with participating Southwest Association of Community Leagues.
Also, plan to attend the annual Family Day festivities at the Yellowbird Community League on Monday, February 19.
Thank you again for your participation in building a community that we want to live in.
CENTURY PARK UPDATES
Greetings all. Here are a few updates from your community league board.
Century Park development slowly continues. We continue to work on developing a good neighbor agreement with the developer, Procura. As well, there was an open house at the community league on December 11 regarding the construction of the first tower. However we have some questions about the tower, and will be searching for some further clarification regarding the details of what the final tower will actually look like and some of its features.
As well, we are waiting for a pedestrian walkway to open to allow better access to the LRT. However, the Century Park developers tell us that they cannot open the walkway yet, as they are still waiting for power to be installed by the walkway close to the Spa Lady fitness center. Unfortunately, power construction by EPCOR cannot apparently begin until the spring of 2018. This is unfortunate, and we will continue to ask for information as we would like better access to the LRT station as soon as possible.
Regarding the Ermineskin playground, the lights are still out, most likely due to a power line being cut during renovations of the concrete under the gazebo. Unfortunately, this will not be repaired by EPCOR and the city until spring or summer of 2018 as well. This is unfortunate, because the playground area is very dark.
The board would also like to get rolling on the development of a new rink shack/change area, but we need an extra volunteer or two to help us with coordinating the effort, applying for grants, etc. Please let us know if you can help us out or are interested in this project.
ERMINEKSIN ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 6– 8 pm — Hold the Date
I would like to thank those who volunteered their time to enrich the life in our community.