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Ramsay/Inglewood City Projects – November 2020

November 26th, 2020
Inglewood/Ramsay City Projects Update – 

November 2020

See below for important updates on projects in the Inglewood and Ramsay communities.

9 Avenue S.E. Bridge Replacement – Project Update

Update to opening schedule

The scheduled opening of the 9 Avenue S.E. bridge has been adjusted from November to mid-2021, based on a delay in procuring required steel components for the bridge from our original supplier. A new supplier has been sourced, who is in the process of manufacturing these steel components, and delivery is expected to start in the coming weeks.

As this process takes place behind the scenes, work continues to advance on-site with the completion of the approach roadways to the bridge and preparing the site for the delivery of steel. Over the next several weeks, cranes will also be brought on-site to accommodate installation of the steel components over the winter.

 

As we work through the winter months, asphalt availability and weather conditions may also factor in on the ultimate opening date. We will communicate the new opening date of the bridge closer to completion.

 

For more information, please visit calgary.ca/9ave.

Beltline & Inglewood Pools Program Update

As part of a collaborative process to determine the long-term future of the Inglewood Aquatic Centre, we began a process to understand how Calgarians who live, work, and play in the Beltline and Inglewood/Ramsay communities use social and recreational spaces. Public input took place in August 2020 through Community Engagement and through targeted Neighbourhood Inquiry Kits.

The reports for these activities have been completed and are posted on our Engage portal. A Progress Update on the program will be presented to the Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services in late 2020.

With this information, we will proceed to the Design phase of the program and develop and test options for meeting local social and recreational needs and insights.

For more information on the project, please visit https://engage.calgary.ca/recneeds.

Ramsay Inclusive Playground – Project Update

Through a partnership with us, the Parks Foundation, Variety Alberta and the Ramsay Community Association, a brand-new inclusive playground is coming to Ramsay.

 

Construction on the playground is scheduled to begin in summer 2021, with an estimated completion by the end of 2021. The park will be located as showed in the photo below on the corner of Macdonald Ave. and Bellevue Ave. SE, Calgary, AB T2G 4M3. The final design concept features two play spaces with inclusively designed play equipment, ample seating and natural features.

For more information, please visit parksfdn.com/ramsay-inclusive-playground or contact info@parksfdn.com.

Jack Long Park – Project Update

Construction is well underway to redevelop Jack Long Park into a new cultural hub for the community. Over the past few months, we have made significant progress, but we have also experienced some supply delays, in part due to COVID-19.

Four main components are left to be completed:

  • Pouring of custom concrete pathways with coloured glass
  • Installation of concrete pavers and stonework
  • Installation of site furnishings, including custom elements like concrete seat walls and a family-style harvest table.
  • Sodding over one third of the park.

New play structure

Construction has also started on a new play structure that will be completed soon; however, safety testing is required before we can allow children access.

Due to these supply delays, as well as safety and liability concerns of opening a park in an incomplete state, we are unable to open Jack Long Park in 2020. To ensure the safety of the public, the site security fence will remain in place until the re-opening. The park is anticipated to be completed by late spring 2021. See a photo below of what the park will look like when it opens to the public.

For more information, please visit calgary.ca/jacklongpark.

Inglewood Sanitary Trunk – Construction Update

Work at 8 Avenue S.E. and 9 Street. will be complete by late-November. This intersection will reopen at that time. Final landscaping is scheduled for spring 2021, when conditions are more favourable for grass growth.

Thank you to residents for their patience during construction of this important piece of Calgary’s water system.

For more information, please visit calgary.ca/IST.

Hydrant Repair work – Update

Starting in late November, we will be closing 9 Avenue S.E. at 8 Street to repair a leaking hydrant valve. This is expected to be complete in three days.

This work will begin following the reopening of the Inglewood Sanitary Trunk closure nearby at 8 Avenue S.E. and 9 Street to ensure residents have access to 9 Avenue S.E.

For more information, please visit calgary.ca/inglewoodramsay.

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Waste & Recycling Services Update

November 26th, 2020

Compost your real Christmas tree

Option 1: Put your tree in your green cart

  • Cut your tree into small pieces to fit inside your green cart. Make sure the lid can close.
  • Put extra branches into paper yard waste bags, roll close and set 0.5 metres (two feet) to the side of your cart.

Trees that are not prepared this way will not be collected.

Option 2: Bring to a tree drop-off December 26-January 31

Tree drop-offs will be available around the city to compost your Christmas tree.

  • ·        Remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel, string and tree stands.
  • ·        Do not wrap or bag your tree.

Find a list of locations at calgary.ca/christmastree.

Holiday waste tips

Alexandra Centre – Curbside Donation Drive

November 26th, 2020

 Donation Poster 2020 Updated

President’s Update – November 2020

November 26th, 2020

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 2 months since hauling chairs and blankets to the RCA outdoor AGM. If you didn’t have a chance to join, please find a draft copy of the meeting minutes below. It’s incredible to read the year in review and recognize the efforts of community volunteers. In that same spirit, on behalf of the RCA, I’d like to extend sincere gratitude to our past president, Vince Bodnar. I would not be entering this term with as much optimism had it not been for his leadership through a difficult year.

Last year, much of RCA’s traditional way of business was put to the test with the arrival of covid, shrinking revenues, aging facilities, volunteer turnover and changing demographics and social interests. While this resulted in some tough decisions, such as the release the Community Hall; fewer competing priorities will allow us to revisit our vision and move forward by design. As such, the new Board have been busy building out an annual plan, including some of the following overarching goals:

  • A Facility Improvement Plan for the Outdoor Rink and Shack
  • Increased Community Engagement
  • Updated External Communication Strategy
  • Long Term Financial Sustainability Planning
  • Revitalized Committees and Volunteer Opportunities

Despite changing health guidelines, Ramsay’s community spirit has not subsided. Here are just a few highlights in recent weeks: a successful Casino, a socially distanced Halloween Parade and festive displays throughout the neighbourhood, a new Board of Directors have settled in, a new Treasurer has stepped forward, a new Committee Chairs has been appointed for Communications, Rec volunteers acquired donated benches and an additional firepit to accommodate social distancing, our Adopt-a-Rink is ready, the undercover rink remains busy with biking on the ramps and many other heartwarming community-led initiatives.

If you’re interested in joining the conversation, please consider attending our monthly Virtual RCA General Meetings. They are held virtually on the first Tuesday of every month with the exception of January, July and August. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 1 @ 7pm via Google Meet. Click here find out how to join: http://ramsaycalgary.ca/event/rca-general-meeting-38/

If you are unable to attend, but have feedback or questions, feel free to email me: president@ramsaycalgary.ca

Draft AGM Meeting Minutes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rNJFjfhQU02RHjVLrIGwwOmo1yiw07_h/view?usp=sharing

Sincerely,

Nicole Battistella

Your New RCA Board of Directors

November 5th, 2020

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Our votes HAVE been counted.

The Ramsay Community Association held the Annual General Meeting, Oct 06. , and a new Board of Directors has been voted in.

On behalf of the Ramsay Community Association  I would also like this opportunity to first provide my sincerest thanks and gratitude to our continuing-term Board Members, for their amazing efforts and dedication: Dirk Vanderkooi, Lindsay Vala.

I would also like to salute outgoing Board Members, your dedication, insight and commitment to the RCA is commendable. While their term with RCA will end, we forward to your continued volunteer efforts: John Holt, David Graham, Kelly Bailly.

I would also like to acknowledge committee chairs who have stepped away from their longstanding roles in the past year, and offer our heartfelt thanks and undying appreciation for their years of effort: Shannon Fox, Kevan Hayes.

I am very pleased to introduced your newly elected Board of Directors:

2020-21
Board of Directors

President: Nicole Battistella
VP External/Planning Development: Erin Joslin
VP Internal:  Julius von Bieberstein
Treasurer Dirk Vanderkooi
Secretary: Shelby Montgomery
2-year Director: Lindsay Vala
2-year Director: Melody Rodger
1-year Director: Margaret Toye
1-year Director: Shawna Lea

 

Congratulations All!

Sincerely,

Vince Bodnar
Past President
Ramsay Community Association
 
A historical community in the heart of Calgary

2020 Ramsay Halloween Parade!

November 2nd, 2020

On behalf of the Ramsay Community Association, thanks to everyone who volunteered, donated and attended Ramsay’s 2020 Halloween Parade!

Despite changing covid guidelines days before the event, Jenn de Jonge and an incredible team of community volunteers pulled off a safe and successful event!

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T H A N K S to all the Ramsay Casino 2020 Volunteers!!!

November 2nd, 2020

T H A N K   Y O U - To all of our wonderful Ramsay Casino 2020 Volunteer Workers & Alternates.

Despite: Ongoing Covid Casino Cancellations / Rescheduling; Halloween Weekend; and beautiful fall weather,  the Ramsay 2020 Casino at the Elbow River Inn & Casino was a HUGE SUCCESS.

 Thanks for all of your dedicated efforts

On behalf of Pat Baker – chair of the Ramsay Casino Committee, and the Ramsay Community Association, we would like to acknowledge the amazing volunteers who filled roles over the two day event, and also to those who filled Alternate Roles – standing by to fill any last minute emergency shift adjustments.

A Note of THANKS to:

    • Velma TOPOROWSKI
    • Jay TOPOROWSKI
    • Simon BATTISTELLA
    • Olive MACNEIL
    • Ray CHOW
    • Pat BAKER
    • Al BAKER
    • Nina NIKITIUK
    • Basil WHEELER
    • Robert MCDOWELL
    • Vincent ST. PIERRE
    • Derek OLIVER
    • John HOLT
    • Janet FITZGERALD
    • Jessica LACASSE
    • Carolyn GRAHAM
    • Paul FEATHERSTONE
    • Lorraine SPECTOR
    • Andre RODRIGUEZ
    • Shawna SUITOR
    • Nicole BATTISTELLA
    • Dirk VANDERKOOI
    • Erin JOSLIN
    • Michael FLETCHER
    • and any others we may have inadvertently overlooked. 
 
…We are so thankful for you.

Thank You

Your efforts will go a long way supporting the operation and programming efforts of the Ramsay Community Association, and towards making  Ramsay the Best Community in Calgary.

Ramsay Community Association

2102 Ramsay Street SE
Calgary T2G 4S2
A historical community in the heart of Calgary

2020-2021 Ramsay Winter Recreation – Updated Nov 30, 2020

October 29th, 2020

The Ramsay Community Association has been busy planning ways in which we can provide low-cost, Covid-friendly, all-inclusive outdoor activities over the winter.

 

RCA’s recreational space located at 2102 Ramsay st SE currently offers:

  • A large pleasure skating ice rink located on the field North of the rink & shack. Please adhere to social distance rules posted at the site and the most current guidelines from the AB Gov’t embedded below.
  • A bike skills park and covered recreational space in the undercover rink
  • An additional firepit and extra benches near the shack to allow for more social distancing – First come, first serve, available for public use
  • Various fun and socially distanced activities being put together by the Recreation Committee *Follow Ramsay Recreation on Instagram and Facebook or check the website for updates*
    • “Ralphie” Ramsay’s outdoor Elf on the Shelf
    • Cross Country Skiing
    • Ramsay Parade of Lights

 

We have also had to adjust some traditional offerings:

  • Due to Covid guidelines announced November 24, 2020:
    • The skate shack will remain closed for the winter season
    • With an outdoor social gathering limit of 10, RCA will not host any in-person events or programming this winter
    • As hockey nets are not permitted on the adopt-a-rink, per City rules posted at the site, they have been removed until further notice
  • The undercover rink will not be flooded
    • Please know that this year’s decision not to flood the undercover rink was not taken lightly. Over the years, Calgary’s weather variability, and the deterioration of the asphalt surface, has made it very challenging to sustain ice, thereby driving up the cost of upkeep. This year, keeping the facility free from ice and the melt that occurs during chinooks, allows for a greater variety of outdoor activities while we evaluate future upgrades

 

Additional resources:

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Sincerely,

Nicole Battistella

Ramsay Community Association

president@ramsaycalgary.ca

Be Safe – Leave Space Campaign, & Transportation Bylaw Changes

October 9th, 2020

 

Be Safe – Leave Space Campaign &

Transportation Bylaw Changes

 

Council approved several changes to Calgary transportation bylaws to provide more choice and improve safety and predictability for Calgarians, no matter how they choose to get around Calgary, on March 18, 2019.

What are the changes to the transportation bylaw?

Minimum safe passing distance

Starting September 1, 2019 motorists driving slower than 60km/h will be required by law to leave a minimum of 1 metre when passing someone cycling. When driving faster than 60km/hr the distance increases to at least 1.5 metres of space when passing. Failure to leave the minimum safe passing distance may result in a $203 fine as per the new bylaw.

 

Be Safe  – Leave Space (video)

 

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Note: You may cross a single solid yellow line to complete a pass, if it’s safe to do so. If you can’t pass safely with the minimum amount of space, slow down and wait for an appropriate opportunity to pass. When cycling, you will still be expected to ride as close to the curb as is safe to do so.

 

Get more info here…

Stampede – New (old) addition to Enmax Park

October 5th, 2020

Stampede – Historic Building Relocation to Enmax Park

Greetings Ramsayites,

Our neighbours at Calgary Stampede will be doing a bit of “fall renovation.”

FYI for those using the Ramsay Stairs over the coming weeks.

Stampede wanted to let Ramsay know that there will be some excavation followed by the pouring of a concrete slab occurring in the coming days/weeks in Enmax Park.  Location is just south of the Sweetgrass Lodge building (and north of the base of the Ramsay stair).

Following the curing of the slab, an historic building currently in Weadickville (Quirk Cabin) will be relocated to Enmax Park and fixed onto the slab.  This building location was approved as part of the original DP for Enmax Park, and is happening now because the building needs to be moved as part of the 17 Av extension project.

Stampede neighbours wanted Ramsay to be aware in case we heard any questions from members of your community.

Below, please find a bit about the Quirk Cabin and a photo.

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Quirk Cabin, 1885

Quirk Cabin was built by early Alberta ranchers John and Kate Quirk. At the peak of their success, they owned 6,000 acres of land, and leased another 6,000. This cabin was likely used as temporary lodgings for cowboys working on their ranch. It was restored and donated to the Stampede by Morris A. Shortt in 1986.