President’s Message – April 2023
Things have been happening in Edgemont. The City removed sediment from the storm pond as a flood mitigation tactic and took action in drain ponds that were hosting invasive species to keep those critters from entering our larger waterways. Please don’t set your goldfish free in our ponds and streams. Bylaw officers removed illegal signage from Country Hill Boulevard, a request that ECA has continued to make. These signs clutter the community when they proliferate. There are circumstances where the signage is allowed and the rules are posted on the City of Calgary’s website. The City has posted a 3D digital map that shows Calgary building structures in three dimensions. If you’re interested in what Edgemont, or any other subdivision in Calgary looks like, visit https://maps.calgary.ca/3ddigitalcalgary/. Edgemont has been a set for filming activities. Who knows, you might see a familiar place on the big screen! Finally, Frost Fest was a big success! Numerous residents came out to have some fun in the snow and partake in a hot chocolate. A tip of the toque to all the volunteers who made this happen.
Volunteers are the engine that keeps ECA going. March was proclaimed Community Association Awareness Month. ECA is one of the 152 community associations that host activities in almost 200 neighborhoods. We are a welcoming group that is looking to Edgemont residents to step up and take a role on our Board. On May 17, ECA will host its Annual General Meeting and part of the agenda is electing a new Board of Directors. There are vacancies. If you have any notion that you’d like to participate on the Board please fill in a nomination form well in advance of the meeting. Before you take that leap, if you want more information send me a note and I’d be happy to chat with you about the opportunities.
Up and coming activities. In April, ECA will be hosting our first Lego Competition. Scott Thompson has been the driving force in getting this on the calendar. If you are interested in Lego, go to our website for more details or to registered. May 6 is our Spring Handicraft Market at the centre. Any crafter or artist interested in having a table can access the details on the website or give the ECC office a call. On May 13, the tea and goodies will be abundant at our second Mothers’ Day tea. Tickets can be purchased from the website and all are welcome. Visit www.edgemont.ab.ca.
I want to highlight one activity in particular that starts in April. ECA will be launching a clothing and supplies drive for Basically Babies. Basically Babies is a not-for-profit organization that helps young mothers and their newborns with clothing through the baby’s first year of life. The need is great! Collection boxes will be placed throughout Edgemont. Locations will be highlighted on the website. There will be a box at the community centre. The drive will conclude on May 6 with items presented to the Basically Babies group. If you plan on attending the spring market, consider bringing along new or gently used items that would be suitable for a newborn to a one-year old. The Basically Babies team sorts all items, thoroughly cleans and mends those that are gently used and creates hamper baskets for the families. If you are willing to offer them your time, they welcome volunteers. Contact Jennifer Brookman at 403-510-4195 or [email protected] to add your name to the contact list. Volunteer nights are the first Wednesday of the month with snacks and drinks provided.
If people think the City if a boring place to be, they haven’t lived in Edgemont!
Wishing all Edgemont residents, a joyous Easter and may warm spring days be on the horizon. I’ll be looking for that first crocus to poke its head out.