With 2016 just around the corner, the Bankview Community Association wanted to take a moment to share 21 highlights from 2015:
1. Free Community Memberships. At our AGM in April, members of the Bankview Community Association voted to make memberships FREE. You can get yours here.
3. Community Garden Sign Build. Thanks to Bankview resident Kate Schutz who painted the sign and to all who participated in the build. There is a community bulletin board on the backside for public postings. Be sure to check it out.
4. Utility Box Public Art on 14th Street SW. This project was commenced at Stampede Breakfast in 2014 and completed in 2015. The art work – Bankview Past and Bankview Future – was created by local artist, Bram Timmer.
5. Painted the Hall (Those Doors Are Jaunty)!
6. Stampede Breakfast & Holey Cow Beer Garden. This year we served Breakfast to over 800 people, and served over 300 beverages in the Holey Cow Beer Garden. We are always seeking volunteers.
7. This Is My Neighbourhood Launched At Stampede Breakfast. This two-year-long program engages residents to build a vision to help guide the development of City programs, services and small-scale infrastructure improvements in Bankview.
8. Park N Play and Stay N Play. In partnership with the City of Calgary, these two summer programs are designed for young residents of Bankview. Watch for more info on the return of this program in 2016.
9. Running Water For the Community Garden. Our community gardeners no longer have to lug water from across Bankview to water their plots. Information on how to get involved with the community garden will be available in Spring 2016.
10. A Community Painted Mural For The Bankview Hall. Local residents Cam and Chris were awarded an I Love My Neighbourhood grant to paint a new mural on the Bankview Hall. This project was reported in Calgary Metro this August.
11. Fall Fair Music and Market. This past September Free Live Music returned to Buckmaster Park with an Outdoor Market. Over the course of the day 4 local acts, 20 vendors, and nearly 200 people joined in the fun!
12. New Play Structure In Nimmons Park. Following the September 2014 snowstorm the play structure in Nimmons Park was destroyed. This Fall the City of Calgary relocated and rebuilt the structure.
13. Through The NeighbourWoods Program, Over 30 New Trees Were Planted in Bankview.
14. The Return Of The Good Food Box. The Good Food Box makes top-quality, fresh food available in a way that fosters community development and promotes healthy eating. Starting in 2016 the Bankview Community Association will be taking monthly orders.
15. Home Repair and Workshops For Renters
16. Community Pumpkin Carving With Councillor Woolley. The Bankview Community Association was awarded a grant from the Ward Community Events Fund of the City of Calgary to purchase 50 pumpkins for community members. Residents were then invited to come carve with Councillor Woolley and take their creation home for Halloween.
17. Over 100 Community Carved HallowAfter Lanterns in Buckmaster Park! Each year on November 1 residents of Bankview bring their lightly used Jack’O’Lanterns to Buckmaster Park where they are relit for all to see.
18. Interior Renovations To The Hub Of Our Community. Having painted the exterior of the hall, work was also begun on the interior of the Hall in November. These renovations will include fresh paint, and new storage spaces and windows.
19. Local Crafters And Kids Crafts At The Holiday Bazaar. Each December the Bankview Community Association holds a Holiday Craft Bazaar. This year 20 vendors participated. We raised over $600.00 for nonprofits working in Bankview from this event alone.
20. Road Hockey Nets For The Finally Connected Buckmaster Park. Having completed the union of Upper and Lower Buckmaster Park after 10 years, the work of providing opportunities for residents to use the park year round has now begun. Road hockey nets were our first investment!
21. Bankview Community Association President Received The Ward 8 “Labour of Love” From Councillor Woolley
Thanks to all who organized, advertised, participated, volunteered, and joined the Bankview Community Association, for a terrific 2015!
We would love it if even more of you joined us on this journey in 2016.
Happy New Year!