Messages from the Ermineskin Community League Board
Community League Upgrades
Over the summer a team of crafts people have been in painting the facility and resurfacing the hardwood floors and it looks great! Next on the list is to have our HVAC systems analyzed and then we should be ready for winter.
As a board we have looked at the costs of switching out the old lights around the rinks with LED lighting. This will save on energy use and provide an increase in illumination. We cannot move forward on this until we know what direction EPCOR will take on the drainage pond issue.
We did receive an email on June 15 that informed us that EPCOR is “looking at ways to potential include upgrades to the sanitary system in order to minimize the construction impacts to the community.” The work on the drainage pond and the sanitary system would not address the odour issue of “Poo Falls” at 106th Street and 40th Avenue. That issue is expected to begin in 2019.
There is always a need for volunteers to help run programs and maintain the rinks If you have some time, and want to be part of a growing community, please drop by talk to Jo and Sherisse. It takes a lot of hands to build the community that we want to live in.
It seems a lot of people have been busy in our community over the summer and not all of it has been of the positive kind. Over a sixty day period, June 7 – August 6, there were 34* crimes committed in Steinhauer and Ermineskin communities:
12 Thefts from Vehicles, 4 Thefts of Vehicles, 6 Assaults, 3 Robberies, 9 Break and Enters
From January 1 to August 6, Ermineskin has had 84* crimes reported with Steinhauer residents reporting 24*.
Last summer our family learned the hard way when thieves broke into our locked car and stole the garage door opener, which they then used to enter into the garage door. They did not steal anything but according to the police their intent was to enter the house through an unlocked door from the garage to the house, thankfully we keep that door locked. It is important that garage door openers are not left in your vehicles and to keep your connecting doors locked when not home.
This week one Community League Members posted on the ECL Facebook page that someone came into their yard and used bolt cutters to cut the locks off of two bikes which were then stolen. Another reported that their home security camera caught someone at their side of their house at 4:58 a.m.
Unfortunately criminal activity takes place across the city including in our community. Some come in the night, others in broad daylight. Our neighbor had someone walk into their backyard in the middle of the afternoon and steal bags of bottles. The thief did it while I was standing in my front yard it was only when my neighbor came out and asked for help did I realize what had happened. It is important that we learn who are neighbors are and watch out for them.
Kent McMullin - President, ECL
Vice Presidents Message:
Greetings to everyone! Hope your summer went well. The south part of our Ermineskin community has been buzzing with activity during the first half of this year. At Ermineskin park, many sports teams have been active, including soccer and ball players, as well as the green shack program, parents with strollers, drone and kite fliers, rollerbladers, dog walkers, and those out for leisurely strolls. The playground is so nice now that it is finished, and it is getting a lot of great use this year (usually between 20 to 30 kids or more per evening!). It is so rewarding to see. Thanks to everyone for their help on the project over the years; your hard work, volunteer hours, and financial contributions have made such a difference. It is not uncommon to see families driving from other communities to come to use our new playground!
Furthermore, the concrete under the playground’s gazebo has finally been fixed (at the end of July), but as of early August, we were still waiting for the lights around the playground to be repaired. Apparently, the city is getting bids from a contractor to fix the LED lights before the fall. Certainly, if you are using the playground and notice anything that needs maintenance or is broken, please call 311 to report this.
Lastly, there has been a lot of construction around the playground this year. In fact, the park has been surrounded at times by construction! Large crosswalk lines have been painted on the roads at various locations around the park.
New pavement installation in Ermineskin began in late July, and TELUS is using part of the park for parking its equipment used for high speed fiberoptic installation. There is a new Century Park high rise being built across the street on the west side of Ermineskin park as well. Please use caution when the equipment and workers are present.
If you are new to our neighborhood (welcome!) and have comments about the Ermineskin park or playground, just let us know by calling the community league office. We promise, there is not always this much construction in and around the park! 2018 has been an exceptional year indeed, as a bit of a renewal happens here in our wonderful community.
Monty Nelson - Vice President, ECL