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Party at the Park and playground dedication goes off with a bang

What a party! The Griesbach Community League would like to give a big high-five to everyone who made our playground dedication and annual community party the best one yet.

An estimated 700 people came to the event on Saturday, Sept. 8. Volunteers served up more than 500 burgers and hotdogs. There were bouncy castles, face painting, beer and music, cotton candy, balloon animals, a photo booth, a bike parade, games, a climbing wall and a huge fireworks display to cap it all off.

The Party at the Park 2018 would not have been possible without support from this great community, including dozens of volunteers and sponsors, and the hundreds of community members who came out to the event to enjoy the festivities.

Notably, Fireworks Spectaculars was the team behind our awesome nighttime display, with Canada Lands Company also sponsoring the fireworks show and the event earlier in the day.

Staff at Fireworks Spectaculars—Rich Juchli, Leonard Nordlund and Wilf Bullerkist—donated their time to put on the show. This means the community league only had to cover the cost of the fireworks and permits, as these three men worked all day for free as a service to the community. This gave us way more bang for our buck. The fireworks would not have been possible without such a generous donation of time and expertise. Thank you!

Photo: Allan Au

Skuba Dental was another big sponsor. The dental office just north of Griesbach was not only a major donor to the playground project, it also sponsored the photo booth at the event and donated door prizes.

Other sponsors include:

  • Funky Petals donated beautiful flower arrangements for prizes.
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart, Griesbach, was a sponsor for the playground and donated prizes to the scavenger hunt.
  • Tim Hortons in Griesbach donated jugs of coffee to warm up anyone who dropped by the beer tent.
  • Griesbach Dance Company provided volunteers to flip so many burgers and hotdogs and handed out cotton candy.
  • Bone and Biscuit donated two door-prize baskets for dog and cat lovers, along with plenty of giveaways at the event.

Thank you so much to all of these local businesses! We ask community members to please show your appreciation by supporting them, in turn, if you are able to do so.

We’re also thankful for all of the fundraising superstars who attended our ribbon cutting to officially open the Maple Leaf Park playground. Notably, Education Minister and Edmonton-Calder MLA David Eggen and Edmonton Ward 2 Councillor Bev Esslinger. Both of these leaders were instrumental in building the Griesbach playground.

Dignitaries cut the ribbon at a playground dedication on Sept. 8. From left to right are: Addison Tilley, Griesbach Community League president Brad Tilley, Kara KempinJim Chronopoulos, MGG fundraising society president Ammanda Cole, MGG principal Brent Zmurchik, MLA and Education Minister David Eggen, Edmonton Ward 2 Councillor Bev Esslinger, Canada Lands Company director Marvin Neumann and Joylyn Teskey.

Door-prize winners have been drawn and will be contacted in the coming days to arrange prize pickup. Scavenger hunt winners will also be chosen and contacted after the next community league board meeting on Sept. 12.

Stay tuned for more events like this one. The Griesbach Community League board members are taking some time to catch our breath before planning more events around Christmas. We’re also looking for new volunteers, and ideas, to help keep the party going. Email communications@griesbachcommunity.com if you would like to get involved.

Griesbach Minis preschool sports program registration information

Griesbach Minis is an innovative program that introduces preschool-aged children to sports, sportsmanship and team play and gives Griesbach parents a chance to meet one another. Children will participate in a variety of sports and activities throughout the season including, but not limited to, soccer, floor hockey, parachute games, gymnastics, basketball and other indoor games. The program is also low-cost, at just $50 for the entire season.

We are looking for 4-5 adult mentors to run the program and activities on Thursday evenings in the Major General Griesbach School gym from 6-7 p.m. from mid-October to mid-February. All coaching courses and security check costs for volunteers are paid for by the community and being a mentor counts as your volunteer commitment for the season.

The program cannot go forward without new volunteers. Please email sports@griesbachcommunity.com if you are interesting in volunteering.

A maximum of 24 participates will be accepted in this program and children of volunteers are guaranteed a spot. This is a parented program. Parents must remain with their children at the sessions and are they encouraged to participate in the activities, so bring those running shoes!

The program runs from mid-October to mid-February in the MGG School gym, Thursdays from 6 to 7 pm.

The program is limited to 24 participants for the 2018/2019 season. Children must be three years old by December 31, 2018 to register.

Steps to register

1. Download this form and fill out two copies to bring to the registration session.

2. Attend one of the registration dates at MGG School, on either Sept. 12 or Sept. 13 from 6-7:30 p.m. No online registration is required. If you’ve got a kid playing soccer, you can register for soccer at the same time.

3. Purchase a valid 2018 community league membership. Available at the registration or online in advance.

4. Fill out paper copy registration form.

5. Pay the registration fee: $50.00 (please bring cheque or cash).

6. Select a volunteer commitment and provide a $250.00 refundable cheque: to be returned once your volunteer commitment has been honoured.

7. If you wish to volunteer as a mentor for the complete season, that counts as your volunteer commitment.

Win big with the Party at the Park scavenger hunt

Calling all history buffs! The Griesbach Community League is launching a military history scavenger hunt ahead of the Party at the Park on Sept. 8.

Download and print this entry form (opens as a PDF), or print off this entire page with the questions below. All of the information needed to answer these questions can be found on the plaques and information pedestals in the community. Fill out the answers and drop it off at the Party at the Park on Sept. 8 to win.

There will be three prizes for correct entries, at a value of $100 per prize. Only correct entries can win. If there are more than three correct entires, winners will be randomly drawn from all correct entries.

Happy hunting!

Party at the Park History Scavenger Hunt

Rules

  • Entries must be submitted at the Party at the Park on Saturday Sept. 8, 2018 at the membership registration tent.
  • Only entries that get 100% of the answers correct will be entered in the draw.
  • Winner of the draw will be contacted and their name will be posted online and/or in the community newsletter.
  • Only one entry per household.

Name:                                                             Address:                                                                                   

Phone number:                                    Email address:                                                           

To answer these questions, begin your journey through Griesbach at Patricia Lake, continue through Bedford Basin with a quick stop at the Central Park, before moving onto Roundel Lake. All of the information needed to answer these questions can be found on the plaques and information pedestals in the community.

1. Who is the founder of the P.P.C.L.I.? ___________________________________

a. In the Battle of __________________________­­­­ he was seriously wounded

b. and lost a leg at _________________________

2. What is the name of the type of bridge at Patricia Lake? ____________________________

3. There is a time capsule in the memorial at the Patricia Lake. On what date is the time capsule to be opened? _______________________________________________________________________

4. The Canadian Airborne Regiment was disbanded in which year? ____________

5. What is the name of the park where the Canadian Airborne Memorial Cairn is located? ______________________________________________________________________

6. The last Canadian to be awarded the Victoria Cross was ________________________________

7. Name the first real warship of the Canadian Navy _____________________________________

8. Name of the Edmonton Division of the Canadian Navy (Reserve) ______________________

a. The motto for the Edmonton Division of the Canadian Navy is (English or Latin) _________________________________________________________________________

9. At the top of hill in Central Park, what is the theme of the information pedestals? _________________________________________________________________________

10. Name the system to identify military aircraft, attached to the wing or fuselage ________________________________________________________________________

11. What was the name of the air demonstration team before the Snowbirds? _______________________________________________________________

12. The current RCAF motto is “Sic itur ad astra.” Ad astra is Latin for _______________________

13. Who wrote “In Flanders Fields”? ________________________________________________

Get ready for the 2018-19 indoor soccer season

It may be hot outside, but it’s already time to start planning for the indoor minor soccer season.

The registration days for Griesbach minor soccer will be the evenings of September 12 and 13, so mark you calendars now and read on for additional information about registration and the upcoming season.

The indoor season starts in mid-October and runs until mid-February, pending cities and provincials. Practices vary on the days of the weeks and will be located in a gym nearby (location will vary by team). The majority of the games are on Saturdays or Sundays at one of the soccer centres, based at the age categories.

Registration dates and location (for Griesbach minor indoor soccer)

There are two dates for parents to register their kids at Major General Griesbach School, 304 Griesbach School Rd.

Sept. 12 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Sept. 13 – 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

It is MANDATORY that you attend one of the two Griesbach registration Dates listed above. If you do not attend, your child will not be placed on a team.

Any registrations after the September 13 session will be subject to an additional volunteer commitment and $50.00 fee per child.

Soccer registration process, for all age categories from U5 to U9

Prior to attending the registration on one of the above dates, parents or guardians are required to do the following:

  • Purchase a 2018/2019 community league membership ($25/household), or bring your current membership card. Can either be purchased online or at the registration sessions. Purchase online ahead of time to speed up the registration process.
  • Pre-register online at the EMSA north website.
  • Log in to your existing account (for returning players) or create a new soccer account (one account per family NOT per player).
  • Once your account is created, fill out the online registration form for the player. You have the option of paying online in the session, or at one of the three registration sessions.
  • You must print two paper copies of the form and bring them to one of the registrations dates. If you do not bring the printed forms, your registration will not be accepted. You will be asked to return with a complete package.
  • If requesting a transfer, or to play on a certain team, please ensure the information is updated in the portal (community, coach and player request). Transfers are not guaranteed if that community team has no openings.

What to bring to registration

  • A copy of the registrant’s birth certificate, Alberta health card or passport, so it can be documented on the registration. These are not kept.
  • Two paper copies of the registration form.
  • Select a volunteer commitment and provide a deposit cheque in the amount of $250. In the notes section of the cheque make the note of “volunteer deposit” and the player’s name. Do not fill in the payable section.
  • A cheque or cash for required registrations fees (see below) only if you have not already paid online through the EMSA north portal. If registering more than one player, registrations fees can be combined on one cheque.

Volunteer commitments

Be aware that volunteer commitments are mandatory part of the sports program. The commitment selection is first-come first-served basis. So, if you leave the registration to a later date, you may have fewer commitments to choose from. As well, if you have failed to provide a volunteer in the past, or missed a commitment, a cash deposit maybe requested.

At the registration session you will receive a duplicate copy of your assigned commitments.

Coaching as a volunteer commitment

If you wish to volunteer as a coach, the $250 volunteer fee is waived and you will have to fill out the required forms. Please bring two photocopies of ID for the police security check. Edmonton Police Services requires the copies, which will be destroyed at the EPS security clearance centre after the check. Coaches must attend one of the mandatory coaching clinics, if they have not attended previously (dates to be announced). Clinic fees are paid by GCL.

What if there aren’t enough players?

If the player is registered in Griesbach and there are not enough players to field a team, parents or guardians will be notified and a transfer to adjacent community in the north zone will be done by the sports director. The Griesbach fee will remain in effect.

Age Categories / Fees

Fees are determined by year of birth. Fees include tax and non-taxable items. See more about fees and age groups here.

U5 (Mixed Only) – 2014 Fee – $160

U7 (Mixed Only) – 2012 / 2013 Fee – $235

U9 (Boys/Girls) – 2010 / 2011 – Fee $285

U11 (Boys/Girls) – 2010 / 2011 – Fee $285

U13 (Boys/Girls) – 2006 / 2007 – Fee $285

U15 (Boys/Girls) – 2004 / 2005 – Fee $290

U17 (Boys/Girls) – 2002 / 2003 – Fee $290

U19 (Boys/Girls) – 2000 / 2001 – Fee $290

Funding support

There is funding through Kidsport and Jumps Start which both have online applications.

Fill out this PDF form to apply for for Kidsport funding.

Fill out this form to apply for Jumpstart funding.

Refund Policy

100% refund if before Sept 17, 2018 (Pre amalgamation)

50% refund if before Sept 20, 2018 (Zone team final declarations)

Once season commences and placed on a team after Sept 20, 2018, no refunds will be made.

If you have any questions please contact the Griesbach Community League sports director.

Community League votes to refurbish original playground

Members of the Griesbach Community League have voted to take the next step in fixing up the original playground in Maple Leaf park.

In a vote on Monday, June 11, members of the the community opted to spend up to $160,000 to improve the playground. The money will be used to bring the existing blue and yellow climbing structure up to current requirements so it can be enjoyed for years to come. This will include replacing the current slides, tightening everything and painting the entire structure.

The old wooden structure and the climbing dome will be removed, at the expense of Edmonton Public Schools, which currently owns the property. The old sand will also be removed and replaced.

The community league will pay for two new play structures in the park. This will including a climbing and slide structure for kids in the two-to-five-year-old age group and a climbing merry-go-round. This decision was based on feedback from community members, who told the community league that they wanted a safe place for preschoolers to play while the park closer to the school was being used by older children at recess time.

The $160,000 also includes money for benches, at least one picnic table and two trash cans.

The City of Edmonton will add additional trees to the area at no cost.

The park will be fenced off and not open to the public during the repair and installation. We appreciate the community’s patience during this time. The entire process should take six to eight weeks once the fences go up. We will provide more information as it become available.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Monday meeting, or provided feedback on this project through your emails and Facebook comments. Complete meeting minutes from the special meeting are available here as a PDF: GCL Special Meeting Minutes June 11 2018.

Plan to fix the original playground moves forward

The original playground in Maple Leaf Park needs an update and the Griesbach Community League wants your input.

The GCL will meet on Monday, June 11 at Major General Griesbach School for a public consultation on the playground refurbishment plan. The consultation is scheduled from 7-8 p.m. with a vote to follow. Anyone in the community can attend the consultation to view possible playground design options and to provide feedback. You will need a community league membership to vote. The final decision will be shared here.

Suggestions are already coming in

Thanks to everyone who has already provided feedback to original_playground@griesbachcommunity.com. If you can’t attend the meeting, you can still send feedback to this email address until 7 p.m. on June 11.

We are listening to your suggestions.

The overwhelming suggestion so far has been to provide some structures for preschool-aged children, as they are not able to use the new Maple Leaf Park playground when it is filled with children from MGG at recess time.

There have also been some suggestions for larger capital projects catering more to adults, something like a tennis court or a community league building. The community league may get to those projects eventually. Unfortunately, at this time, they are outside the budget and timeline for this smaller project.

What the community league suggests

After consultation with community members and the city, the community league is looking at a merry-go-round climbing structure and a smaller play structure designed for preschoolers in the 2-5 year-old age group. (See image below for one climbing structure option.)

The community league also looked at installing disc swings or regular swings, but they cost almost as much as the climbing structure. The thought is that more children can play on the climbing structure at the same time, especially during high-traffic at baseball games.

There will also be benches, because we know that parents need a break! The community league is looking at installing at least one new bench and one new picnic table, with additional seating as the budget allows.

There will also be two new garbage cans to help keep the area clean.

There is the option for one or two spring toys, which are designed for the 2-5 age group. Again, this depends on budget once the final estimates are in.

These suggestions are not yet final. Please come to the meeting to tell us what you would like to see.

When making suggestions, it is important to remember that any new items will have to fit into the existing sand space. The footprint of the playground cannot be expanded at this time.

What will go?

The old wooden play structure and the climbing dome must be removed. They are no longer safe and are so old that finding parts to repair them is nearly impossible. The old bench will also be removed.

The old sand will be removed and replaced, the area regraded and the wooden curbing around the edge of the playground will be replaced.

The main play structure will remain. It will be repainted and fixed up with two new slides.

Who will pay?

The money and labour to remove the old structures is being provided by Edmonton Public Schools.

The Griesbach Community League will fund the costs of the new equipment. It already has the funding in place. The money is from casinos and bingos and it must be spent on capital projects, such as a playground. The community league also has some money left from a very successful final push for the new playground.

Timeline

After the meeting on June 11, the community league will have the City of Edmonton order the new equipment. Edmonton Public Schools will begin to take down the old structure. Everything should be finished by September.

The playground will be fenced off during this time. We ask for your patience as we work to make the original playground a fun and safe place for kids to play for years to come.

It’s time to fix the original playground. We want your input

Please join us on Monday, June 11 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Major General Griesbach School for a special meeting to hold a membership vote on the future of the original playground structure.

For the past year, Griesbach Community League has been exploring the possibility of keeping some version of the original school’s playground, that would be the one in the southeast corner of Maple Leaf Park. It is now time to move forward with the project.

While the wooden playground structure and the green metal climbing dome have to be removed due to safety concerns, the blue-and-yellow structure can remain with a few repairs.

The community league is also looking at the option of adding new equipment to the area where the wooden structure and the climbing dome currently sit. This could be basic swings, disc swings, another play structure, or a climbing merry-go-round.

Proposed disc swing option.

Keeping some of the original playground will also require repairs and upgrades, including:

  • Removal and replacement of all three slides on main structure including the one currently missing.
  • Removal of the wooden play structure and the installation of a large new two- or three-bay set of disc swings, or a merry-go-round, in its place (dependant on required space and costs).
  • Removal of the green metal climbing dome.
  • Removal of all the existing wooden curbing and the replacement with all new wooden curbing.
  • Removal of existing sand and replacement with new sand and/on engineered wood fiber (as in new playground base).
  • Removal of the old bench and the installation of two new benches and bases.
  • The installation of two or three TBD spinning/bouncing pieces, as space allows.
  • Land regraded and re-sodded as needed for proper grading.
  • All equipment checked for structural and safety. Repaired as necessary.

Proposed merry-go-round climber.

Cost

The City of Edmonton has determined a cost estimate of $78,700, plus or minus 30 per cent. This would include all the repairs required and the installation of a two-bay disc swing set and three new slides. Any extra spinners and benches are approximately $2,500 each.

Funding

Edmonton Public Schools, which currently owns the playground property, has agreed to pay for much of the demolition and removal costs. This will greatly reduce any costs incurred by the Griesbach community. Edmonton Public Schools will remove the existing wooden playground equipment and metal dome, clean and remove existing sand surfacing, remove the existing bench, remove and regrade sod and install a safety fence during this process. This part of the process is expected to take between three to five days.

Griesbach Community League will cover the cost of new benches and equipment. The community league was very successful in receiving additional funding for the new playground and has enough money remaining to cover the majority, if not all, of the cost of this project, without affecting any other future projects.

Additional considerations

  • Weeping tile: The city has determined there is likely weeping tile under the newer structure area however the city has cautioned that if water collects in the area we may need to pay for a crew to pump it out. This cost is not significant, however, and has not been noticed previously.
  • Partial removal of old equipment and curbing: GCL and the city are looking for this cost to be covered by the EPSB as currently they are responsible for the entire playground’s removal and a partial is likely much cheaper. This cost was not included in the estimate and may add to GCL’s total cost in the unlikely event we cannot manage an agreement. This cost will be determined prior to final approval.
  • Although the playground will be fully inspected during this project, the city has estimated the life expectancy of the metal structure at seven years, as they are unsure how long parts will remain available. That stated, it could last much longer, but they do not want to guarantee this.
  • Major General Griesbach School likely will not use this play area during regular hours, however it will be available all other times.
  • GCL may be responsible for any future removal of the equipment, if required. This cost could be offset by grants, funding and the installation of any future equipment in its place, or by donating it to an organization who will remove it at their cost.
  • The new playground end up costing almost $800,000. The cost of refurbishing and upgrading the original playground would be about 1/10 of that cost.
  • The area adjacent to this playground was suggested as a potential spot for an outdoor rink, a community hall, or other future capital projects, so having a playground adjacent could be a benefit. We have already saved the original parking lot alongside the playground and may look to add items such as ball hockey, bicycle training circles, pickleball court lines, etc.
  • Many parents whose children play sports on Griesbach fields feel there is a need for this structure to remain as it is close for other children to play on during sports events.

The property is currently owned and maintained by the Edmonton Public School Board, however the land it is on will be turned over to the City of Edmonton for parkland to complete a land exchange for the new school location.

The Griesbach Community League has been working closely with The City of Edmonton, The Edmonton Public School Board and Coun. Bev Esslinger on this project. Now we are ready for your input.

Please join us at Major General Griesbach School on Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m., or email your ideas or concerns to original_playground@griesbachcommunity.com before June 11.

Griesbach’s first ever adult mixer

Join us on Wednesday, May 30 for the Griesbach Adult Mix & Mingle.

Ever notice how a kid can go to the park and meet five new friends in less than two minutes but the adults who brought the kids just sit there all alone on the bench?

Now there’s a chance for adults to meet other adults/couples in the neighborhood in a safe, fun environment.

Borrowing concepts from the speed dating movement, individuals/couples will rotate from table to table and meet other individuals/couples via a variety of icebreaking questions and fun games.

WHO’S WELCOME?

Adults looking to meet other adults. Come as a couple or as a single. If you are in a couple and only one of you can attend, that’s OK, too.

WHO’S NOT WELCOME?

Children under the age of 18. No exceptions. Kids get lots of opportunities to meet each other at the park so now it’s our turn.

WHEN?

Wednesday May 30, 2018 starting at 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE?

Paramo Café in the Griesbach Landing complex

HOW MUCH?

$10/person. If you’re a community league member you get a $10 credit at Paramo for food and beverages on the night of the event, so it’s basically free for community league members! In addition, community league members are eligible to win door prizes at the event.

TICKETS

Purchase tickets in advance via Eventbrite. Ticket sales end on May 23, 2018. Paramo is a cozy venue, so tickets are limited.

Mark your calendars for the Griesbach Outgrown It Sale

The Griesbach Community League is excited to partner with the Griesbach Mommy Tribe for the neighbourhood’s first annual Outgrown It Sale in the Major General Griesbach School gym on Saturday, May 5.

The event gives parents the chance to sell their kids’ gently used clothing, toys and other items. Parents who don’t want to pay full price for new children’s items (and who does?) can find great deals to take home.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will allow private table vendors only. This means no businesses, just a giant indoor garage sale full of kid and baby stuff.

Spots are limited and will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis to anyone who books a table through Eventbrite. Tables are limited to one per person until Friday, April 27. After that date, any remaining tables will be opened up to whoever needs more space.

At the end of the event, a charity will accept any donations of unsold goods.

Admission is free for shoppers. Bring cash, as there will not be an ATM or credit-card services on site. Exact change is appreciated!

Book a table here.

Questions? Send them here: griesbachoutgrownit@gmail.com

Griesbach Easter egg hunt is fun for every bunny

It was a hopping good time, as 200 Griesbach kids and their adults met on Easter morning for the sold-out Easter Egg Hunt 2018.

Though the weather was chilly, with temperatures around -10 degrees Celsius, 85 families donned their snowsuits and descended on Roundel Lake. Each child had to collect one egg of each colour from around the lake path before turning in their eggs for a Kinder Surprise prize basket.

This year’s event saw a venue change, moving to the northwest section of Griesbach. It was a chance for residents, and their guests, to appreciate the new development happening in the area.

Some Edmonton firefighters dropped by to hand out firefighter hats and colouring books. Kids had the chance to climb aboard a firetruck. The Easter Bunny himself also made a special guest appearance.

The Griesbach Community League would like to give a big thanks to Tim Hortons for donating the doughnuts and to all the dedicated volunteers who made this year’s event another great success.

Click on any of the images bellow to see a larger version.

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