Councillor – Ward 8

Summer is here! I love Calgary at this time of year. It’s a great chance to get outside and connect with old friends, enjoy new restaurants and patios, float down the river or just enjoy all our great city has to offer in the warmer months.

If you’re looking for things to do with the family or with friends visiting from out of town, The City of Calgary offers numerous fun, free and community-based programs and services for children, youth and families all over Calgary each summer. Some of these programs include Paint in The Park (check it out in Bankview and in The Beltline) Park n’ Play, Stay n’ Play, Community Camps, Youth Days, and Lawn Chair Theatres. You can visit calgary.ca/cns to check out what’s happening in your area.

If you’re planning on taking advantage of the great weather to do home or yard improvements make sure that before you buy materials and start getting your hands dirty, you save yourself a headache and visit Calgary.ca/myhome. Homeowners looking to start an improvement project can visit calgary.ca/myhome for details, and use our new online-chat service to ask questions or get help applying online. Since 2018 February, over 3,000 conversations have taken place online, and 40 percent of homeowners are applying online for those permits release in 2017 December. Providing a full self-directed online service eliminates the need for homeowners to travel to City Hall, and wait in line at our counters, saving them time and money. You can now apply from the comfort of their home for all development, building and trade permits required for their project through a single online application whenever it is convenient for you!

I’ve got my own home improvement projects in the works and also plan to be out in the neighbourhoods this summer, stopping in at Stampede breakfasts and barbeques, and a number of other community events. I look forward to seeing you all there. In the meantime, take some time off, connect with your friends and family, try something new, and enjoy the summer!

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