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April – 2017

Griesbach 2017 Spring Fling has Star Power.

Saturday, May 6th
7 pm - 1 am
Crown & Anchor Pub
$10 - tickets at Eventbrite

Lights, cameras, action! We're rolling out the red carpet for The 2017 Spring Fling: our annual adult social. It all takes place Saturday, May 6th, 7 pm Crown and Anchor Pub (Castle Downs Rd and 153rd).

The past two years it has evolved into a dress up theme party. This year's theme is "Celebrity Selfie". Come as your favourite star, musician, athlete (or Prime Minister). Tickets $10 and available on Eventbrite. It's a night of live music, draws and costume prizes. Gather the neighbours and make your way over to the Crown. Proceeds support Griesbach Community League programs. Tickets are limited. Get yours today1




Wow! We were overwhelmed by the amazing response and are now sold out. Here's hoping we have good weather on Sunday. We apologize to any of you who did not get tickets and will look to expand it next year.

Volunteer Coordinator Needed

Griesbach Community League filled all positions at our recent AGM, except for Volunteer Coordinator. This position is essential to the running of our sport programs and fundraising efforts. Don't make us beg!!! If you can help, please email GCL President, Brad Tilley.

Community League Update

Playground construction set to begin: The Griesbach Playground Committee has been informed our playground is at the top of the priority list for construction this spring. It is expected to be open for play this summer. Extra funding has been put towards a top-end gazebo, benches and foliage. The premium design will include a regular playground with two main structures, a separate tots playground, bike bumps, swings and more. Our kids are going to love it.

More good news... thanks to the outstanding efforts of Councillor Bev Esslinger, the City has reversed their decision and have approved "Maple Leaf Park" as the name for our playground. Given our Canada 150 Grant, the name couldn't be more appropriate!

Thanks again to our valued Corporate Sponsors: Canada Lands, Homes By Avi, Pringle Chivers Sparks Teskey, Skuba Dental, Veterinary Emergency Clinic, Coventry Homes, Major General Griesbach School, Shoppers Drug Mart (Griesbach), Rosslyn Inn & Suites, MGG Fundraising Society, Castle Downs ARP Pharmacy,  Dream Homes by Krisner and Castle Downs Lions Club.

The playground wouldn't have been possible without the support of grants generously provided by The City of Edmonton, Culture Alberta and Canada 150. Also, thanks to the many personal donors, who will be announced shortly – and everyone who supported 5-years of bottle drives and other fundraising efforts. We did it!

Green Shack is back: The Green Shack program is a free supervised City of Edmonton play program that runs in select communities. Griesbach has been awarded a Spring and Summer program. The Spring Program will take place at the existing playground and will be open from April 24 to May 21st – Tuesdays and Wednesdays (3:30 - 6:00 pm) and Saturdays (1:00 - 5:00 pm).

Sports update: Griesbach has 100 kids registered in our soccer program, and transfered another 30 out to surrounding communities in cases where we could not field a full team. Surprisingly, registration is down this year... but we've been told this reflective of a city-wide trend.

In the first season of our kids baseball program, we had enough sign-ups to field three teams: a Sr. Rookie team, a Rally Cap team and a Blastball Team. Thanks to Clint for his efforts to get this program off the ground.

If you register your kids for hockey this August, Griesbach will be setting up a table. Details to follow.

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Development Update

After years of waiting, Griesbach Village Square is starting to bustle with activity. This month three new businesses opened: Mt. Fuji sushi, Popeye's Chicken and Q-Nails... with Pho-Ever expected to open soon. They join Shoppers Drug Mart and Marriott Fairfield.

An update on the damaged pathway along Bedford Basin. Lear Construction Management is responsible for repairing the damage. They responded immediately to our request for information with the following statement: “We are currently dealing with the insurance companies of all the stakeholders involved to try and get the pathway repaired ASAP. The stakeholders include the City of Edmonton, the developer of the project and the trade that damaged the pathway.  Unfortunately we were not able to get it resolved last year due to continual weather delays and saturation issues – and now it has been pushed up to the insurance companies. It is our hopes that the replacement of the pathway will be done ASAP this spring but unfortunately is out of our control at the moment.” Stay tuned.

A new mixed use development – The Palika Bazaar Retail Development – is being planned for 6865 Ad Astra Blvd (just east of Castle Downs Rd). The site is currently zoned CNC (Neighbourhood Convenience Commercial). The developer is applying to have the site rezoned to CB1 (Low Intensity Business), which gives them greater flexibility in the number and types of businesses they can lease to. Regardless of the zoning, the proposed building will be a 14-unit retail space on a 1.5 acre parcel of land, adhering to community architectural guidelines. The developer made a presentation to Griesbach Community League, which is looking further into the rezoning application and any implications. We were told the development will contain a second-floor daycare. Construction is expected to begin this summer. (See renderings below).


Griesbach Community League Annual General Meeting elects new board...

Griesbach Community League held its Annual General Meeting on March 14. About 65 community members were in attendance. We were joined by special guests Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi (above) who spoke to the Canada 150 Grant awarded to our playground, MP Kerry Diotte, Provincial Education Minister David Eggen, and Marvin Neumann – who made a presentation on behalf of Canada Lands. Councillor Bev Esslinger was out of town but sent a letter to be read on her behalf.

Half of our board positions were up for election. We are pleased to welcome four new directors to our board. Shelby Corley was elected to the executive as Secretary. Jason McCulloch is our new Programs Director. Todd Demaine is taking over as Neighbourhood Watch Director and Kelti Dezse is joining the board as a Member at Large (and assisting with Programs).

Brad Tilley was re-elected as President and Bill Countryman remains as our Sports Director. Bryan Evans will continue in his capacity as Parks and Gardens Director. The position of Volunteers Director is an important one, but remains vacant (Interested? We’d love to chat). A special thanks to Melissa Ferr and Ryan Barlow, who have done an incredible job and have stepped aside to spend more time with family. We are sad to see one of our original board members leave us. Steve McIsaac has worn several hats with the board and has been a tireless supporter of our efforts. You will be missed, Steve!

VP Carl Knowler shared the initial results from the Griesbach Residents’ Survey. We had 287 responses. Thanks to everyone who took the time to provide feedback. We are still compiling the answers to the fill-in the blank responses and will share those shortly. In the meantime, a few highlights:

The top 3 priorities identified by residents were:

  1. Community Prevention and Crime Safety Parks
  2. Trails and Naturalized Areas
  3. Traffic/ Traffic Safety

Overall, over 4 out of 5 residents expressed great pride in living in Griesbach and would recommend our community to a friend. Recent break ins were identified as a concern for a large number of respondents. Again, we look forward to providing more detailed findings with you shortly.

Congratulations to the winners of our $100 gift certificates drawn from our survey respondents: Janelle and Lisa (Shoppers Drug Mart), Amanda and Nicole (Mt. Fuji) and Brian (Crown & Anchor).

In addition, all of the proposed bylaw changes were approved by membership.

Armed with new directives from members garnered from the community survey, the board is ready to move forward to pursue new priorities. The new board looks forward to doing our community proud!

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