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January 2017

Take our Community Survey. Read our latest newsletter.

We’ve just released our January, February newsletter. CLICK HERE to read.

Inside you’ll find the link to take our 2017 Griesbach Resident’s Survey (TAKE SURVEY). The last one was 5 years ago and much has changed. Your input will help the GCL set priorities. It only takes 10 minutes and you have a chance to win one of five $100 from local merchants.

It is a jam-packed newsletter. Learn about Kindergarten registration (Feb 1), Development Update, a playground grant update, opportunities to run for the GCL board, The MGG School Sweet Heart Sale fundraiser, crime prevention tips, return of Spring Green Shack and more!

Take the 2017 Griesbach Resident’s Survey

We have created this community survey to learn more about the interests, concerns and priorities of residents – and set new goals for the GCL Board of Directors. Your feedback is important!

There are 22 questions, and it takes 10 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept completely confidential. If you wish to provide a name or email at the end of the survey, you will be entered in a draw for Five $100 Gift Certificates from local businesses, including: Shoppers Drug Mart, Mt Fuji and The Crown & Anchor Pub.

Please note, the comment sections are optional.

Thanks for your input. Your involvement helps keep our community great!



Griesbach Community League (GCL) was established in 2012 to ensure Griesbach remains one of the most vibrant, engaged and safe communities in Edmonton by representing the needs and interests of Griesbach residents. We do this by hosting social events, coordinating community sport programs, advocating on civic and community development matters and much more.

Five years ago GCL asked residents to take a community survey. Your feedback was invaluable – and helped us establish priorities. Here are just a few of the successful initiatives that resulted from your input:

1. A new playground accessible by students at MGG School

After 5 years of hard work, all funding is finally in place for our fully designed playground – with construction expected to begin Spring 2017.

2. Community sports programs for our kids

(Griesbach now boasts one of the fastest growing programs in Edmonton, with indoor and outdoor programs. We also launched Griesbach Minis (for kids 6 and under) and an Introduction To Baseball program.

3. Awesome social events

You said you wanted a chance to meet neighbours. We responded by introducing The Shake at the Lake and Spring Fling.

 4. Ongoing advocacy

2012 Survey respondents stress the importance of working with the City and Canada Lands to speak on behalf of residents on issues that affect those living in Griesbach. We’ve been actively involved with both.

What’s next for Griesbach? You tell us.


Let’s Craft a Relationship, Valentine!

Major General Griesbach School Fundraising Society is looking for craft vendors and artisans for our school’s Sweet Heart Sale.

When: Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:00 – 3:30 pm
Where: Major General Griesbach School

Join over 20 vendors who have been confirmed for this popular community event! Tables are only $50. To book, email mggfundraisingsociety@gmail.com to reserve your spot!! Please share with anyone who might be interested!!

All community members are invited to attend. It is a great chance to buy a sweet treat or to show how crafty you are in choosing a thoughtful, one-of-a-kind Valentine gift.

The following vendors have already been confirmed, selling items ranging from felt characters to handcrafted cards and knitted items, jewelry to chocolates. Homemade soaps, aprons, crocheted items and more.

  • Arbonne
  • Sunset Gourmet
  • Scentsy
  • Thirty-One Gifts
  • Norwex
  • Epicure
  • Steeped Tea
  • Bonnie’s Pics & Greeting Cards
  • Tupperware
  • Rodan & Fields

Griesbach Playground is a proud recipient of Canada 150 Funding Grant

In 2017, Canada will be celebrating its 150th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Government of Canada invited organizations from coast to coast to apply for a grant program to honour this milestone through the development of community improvement projects.

Griesbach’s yet to be named Playground and Park was one of 20 Edmonton projects selected to share in $3 million worth of grant money. $235, 428 was allocated to Griesbach’s playground, which is slated for construction this spring.

“The Government of Canada recognizes that cultural and recreational activities bring communities together and contribute to our overall health and well-being,” Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said.

“The renewed facilities and programs not only respond to the demand for community infrastructure improvements, but also provide us an opportunity to celebrate the people of this great country.”

After five years of efforts, including City, Provincial and Federal grants, fundraising and sponsorships the playground is now fully funded. The Canada 150 Grant will allow the Griesbach Playground Committee to explore upgrades to the park infrastructure. A more robust gazebo and enhanced landscaping are just two of the ideas on the table.

“We were extremely honoured to learn our project was selected from the many worthwhile applications,” said Brad Tilley of the Griesbach Playground Fundraising Committee.

Children and parents alike are looking forward to the opening of this playground, which will be accessible to children at the rapidly growing Major General Griesbach School. The school was one of the last in the province to be built without the requirement of a playground. The Griesbach Playground  Committee has worked with the City of Edmonton to plan the biggest and highest quality playground permitted. In addition to a variety of fun equipment for children of all ages, the park will include bike  bumps, public seating and a ring of maple trees – which is entirely fitting for a park that will help recognize Canada’s 150th birthday.

Read more on this story:

Edmonton, surrounding communities receive $3M in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday

EPS theft prevention tips

There continues to be a number of reports our community about break ins. To help you protect yourselves and your property, we have posted a list of crime prevent tips courtesy of Edmonton Police Services. View them here: http://griesbachcommunity.com/eps-theft-prevention-tips/

Also here is some great advice from the EPS website on preventing car break ins:

Theft from Auto

Most vehicle crime is opportunistic and therefore preventable. By following some straightforward advice, and working together, we can ensure that this type of crime is reduced in your community. Some of the advice may sound obvious and rather simple but it could make all the difference if you follow it consistently. The cost and the time you must spend on repairs, replacement of stolen items can be easily prevented by following some simple tips.

Tips to prevent thefts from your vehicle.

burglar-157142_1280Remove all Valuables – Never leave ANYTHING on display when you leave your vehicle. Even loose change, cigarettes, cigarette lighters, sunglasses, CD’s, cell phones, stereos, cameras, and clothing, if they can see it they will steal it.

Park Safely – When parking at home, always use your garage if you have one, and lock both your vehicle and your garage. If you don’t have a garage, try to park in a well-lit, open place. When parking at work or your local mall, park in a well-lit open place.

Remove Portable Accessories – Removing stereo face plates and locking them in the trunk or taking them with you, will deter thieves.

Get an Alarm Installed – Alarms can deter thieves not only from stealing items from your vehicle, but also from stealing your vehicle. Even if you have an alarm installed NEVER, NEVER, NEVER leave anything in your vehicle. Thieves can smash a window, reach in grab an item and be gone in seconds, before your alarm is even activated. Caution is needed that you do not set your alarm to sensitive. Storms, wind, large trucks passing by your vehicle can set it off.

Use a Steering Locking Device (The Club) · Use a steering wheel lock every time you leave your vehicle. A vehicle that is well secured has a tendency to deter criminals. A steering wheel lock will also deter theft of your vehicle.