Years ago, I lived in Taiwan where I taught elementary school and lived in a tiny, downtown apartment. I would show my students photos of my parent’s typical Canadian home and the kids would think my parent’s yard was a city park. Public green space and free amenities, like those we have here in Bankview, are enviable in cities around the world. I feel grateful to have them right outside my door. I love summer in our community! The soccer field, tennis courts, basketball hoops, community garden and playgrounds are full of people everyday. Within walking distance, we have so many unique shops, a public library, schools and an outdoor pool. Whether you attend Park n’ Play and Stay n’ Play (August 8-12), the weekly Parent and Tot Meet-Up, the annual Stampede Breakfast and Beer Garden or simply hang out with friends in the park, on the courts or on your balcony, I hope you are enjoying Bankview this summer!
Your Bankview Community Association is made up of neighbours who volunteer their time to make Bankview an awesome place to live. We work closely with the City of Calgary, the Calgary Police Service and Councillor Evan Woolley’s office to address concerns and improve everything from sidewalks and our community hall to policies and events. Recently, Bankview was one of fourteen neighbourhoods chosen to partner with the City on This is My Neighbourhood . Over the last year, residents of Bankview identified ways to help their neighbourhood become an even better place to live, work and play. Residents outlined what was important to them, focusing on the themes of people, places, programs and possibilities.
These discussions led to the development of Bankview’s key neighbourhood themes: safe, play, heritage, walkable. The City then worked with residents to identify six projects that would support the vision and be possible in their neighbourhood:
- Park n’ Play and Stay n’ Play
- Pathways and Parks Map
- Lighting in Buckmaster Park
- Older Adult Programming
- Pet Education Program
- Art-Wrapped Garbage Bins.
In addition to these projects, the garden volunteers have been busy building, our hall kitchen in under renovation, the Policy Committee is working with the Federation of Calgary Communities to update our documents and we have hired a summer student through a STEP grant. She will be creating an analysis of farmers markets and artisan fairs in Calgary, with a view to grow our own Christmas Bazaar and Good Food Box program in the future. This newsletter is also growing with the Calendar of Events reflecting the free public programs anyone can attend and showcasing articles written by volunteers to share their great work.
Of note, there will be no board meeting in August, but if you’d like to meet us in person, please join on the second Wednesday of every month at 7pm in the hall beginning September 14, 2016.
Have a great summer!
p.s. Check out the complete August newsletter for more Bankview updates and watch for it to hit your mailboxes in the coming week!