President’s Message – Fall 2020

Hello Residents of Inglewood,

I am very pleased to share with you that the League is busy preparing to safely reopen our facility to residents for rental activity this September. New rules and procedures will be in place to help ensure the safety of those using the hall. If you are interested in renting the facility, please visit our webpage at: https://inglewoodcl.com/hall-rental/ for more information.

Despite the many challenges posed by the current pandemic, the League’s Board of Directors and volunteers have done their best to find new ways to connect more residents, encourage increased participation in League activities, and share vital community information through our various channels. Here are the highlights from the last six months of League events and activities:

  • Covid-19 Outreach Initiative that involved food hampers, book exchange, friendly phoners, and grocery / prescription pick-up; 
  • a Covid modified community clean-up;
  • a virtual block party, book club, yoga program, and volunteer session; and
  • a Covid modified Outdoor Soccer program in conjunction with the community of Grovenor. 

It has been my pleasure to work with the current Board of Directors who continued to work on these and other activities over this trying period. As a result, we increased membership, regularly distributed e-newsletters, and had a dedicated team monitoring our facility and grounds. An enormous thank you to all the volunteers for the many hours they dedicated to the League’s various activities, initiatives, and projects.

Looking ahead, I want to encourage residents to join us for two more important events: Community League Day on Saturday, September 19th and the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, October 3rd. For AGM, there are some additional safety measures needed and so we are asking residents to help us by registering for this year’s event. Details for both events can be found in this e-newsletter.

A quick update on phase 2 of the Neighbourhood Renewal project in Inglewood.  The City advises that construction on phase 2 is on schedule.  Weather dependent, you will see the City continuing to landscape with backfill topsoil and sod until the end of September.  Construction for this year will be finishing up before snowfall around October / November.  Please visit the City’s website for further Neighbourhood Renewal information. A reminder for those living in the areas included in phase 3 – the final phase – of the project that work will begin next spring (2021).  The finished areas of our neighbourhood are looking fantastic!  With only one more year of construction to go, Inglewood’s roads, sidewalks, and lights will be fit to serve our residents for the next 30 years or more.

Finally, serving as President over the past two years has been an incredibly rewarding experience. My deepest thanks to the membership for providing me the opportunity to hold this office. I look forward to next serving as your Past President on the Board of Directors and working with a new President and Board in the upcoming term.  Thank you all for your time and support over the years. 

All the best,

Reetu Schaaf

President

Inglewood Community League

Linear Park Draft Design

As part of Inglewood’s neighbourhood renewal, Linear Park will also be renewed starting in 2021. The City of Edmonton is proposing enhancements to improve the usage, beauty and safety of Linear Park.

The Building Great Neighbourhoods project team members would like your feedback on the Draft Design for Linear Park.

Please review the Draft Design for Linear Park and Take the Survey by September 29. Your input will be used to improve the shared-use path in Linear Park.

Inglewood Supportive Housing

The City of Edmonton is proposing the development of a 5-storey (30 unit) supportive housing development in Inglewood at the location of 12312 112 Avenue. This development will provide people who have experienced homeless with the support, safety, and stability they need to lead healthy and connected lives through on-site staff and wraparound services. 

The City wants to hear from you! They are planning a series of community engagement opportunities over the course of this summer to solicit community feedback on the project. These opportunities will include online surveys, digital community round tables, and larger format public engagement sessions. If you are interested in participating in the engagement process email supportivehousing@edmonton.ca or click on the link below to sign up for email updates and complete a survey.

Inglewood Virtual Block Party!

Mark your calendars and get ready to partaaay! Inglewood Community League invites you to join the hottest virtual bash in town. Celebrate your community with us and enjoy a virtual experience for the books! DJ Johnny Mazeeka of Talent Productions will kick start your #BlockParty and have you movin, groovin and dancing to all the beats! You don’t have to live in Inglewood to join the fun! 

*Connect with neighbours virtually

*Chance to win some awesome prizes 

*Free DJ experience 

#RockTheBock #BlockParty #Community #BetterTogether #SocialDistancingParty #DanceParty

To register for this FREE event, click here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/virtual-block-party-tickets-109564833366

Inglewood Book Club

We’re starting a virtual book club to meet monthly on Zoom! The titles for the first two meetings are related to Anti-Racist messages and themes. We hope to have a constructive & guided dialog based on these books to help make our community even stronger!

July: The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

August: White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo