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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.

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


  • 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”? ________________________________________________

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.


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.


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.


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


Paramo Café in the Griesbach Landing complex


$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.


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.

Griesbach Easter Egg Hunt 2018 is now sold out

We can now report that all the tickets for the annual Griesbach Easter Egg Hunt are gone. Anyone who didn’t hop to it will have to wait until next year.

The community league will welcome 200 little egg hunters, ages 12 and under, to Roundel Lake on the morning of Sunday, April 1.

We ask those who were lucky enough snag tickets to please arrive at the north side of Roundel Lake (that’s the far West lake in the community) by 10:20 a.m. to register. Bring your tickets and proof of community league membership. There will be coffee for the grown ups. Egg hunting starts at 10:30 a.m.

There will be NO TICKETS available at the event.

More details at the Eventbrite site.

GCL Annual General Meeting & Elections

Thursday, March 15, 7:00 pm – MGG School.

The Griesbach Community League Annual General Meeting is just over a month away. Come learn what is happening in your community, and vote for your new board. Coffee and snacks provided, with supervised activities for kids. You’ll require an active membership to vote. Memberships will be available at the AGM, for $25/household. Valid until September 2018.

Run for the board. Several positions up for election.

Are you a Griesbach booster? Do you have big ideas you think could make our amazing community even better? Do you have concerns or issues you’d like to make a priority? The best way to have a say and make an impact is to become a member of the Griesbach Community League Board of Directors.

Elections take place at our Annual General Meeting. This year, the following positions will be up for election. For a detailed description of each position and the responsibilities it entails, visit our website. It is not an arduous commitment, and it is a fantastic way to meet neighbours and make a difference.

Positions up for election:

Vice President | Treasurer | Communications Director | Volunteers Director | Facilities & Structures Director | Civics & Community Development Director | Social Director | Memberships Director | Parks & Gardens Director

Please email GCL President, Brad Tilley, expressing your intent to run by March 10th. Include you name, phone number and email address. To run for the board, you must be a resident of Griesbach and have a current Griesbach Community League Membership.

Communications superstar wanted!

After six years our communications director is stepping down. We would love to fill this position with someone who loves writing, is passionate about the community, and active on social media. Dave (our current comms person) will be available to provide training and support. If you’re interested we’d love to have you on the board.

Griesbach Big Bin Event & Community Cleanup: May 23

Saturday, May 23, 2015  –  104 St and Griesbach Road

• Community Cleanup: 11 am – 2 pm
• Big Bin Event: 10 am – 4 pm

Come join us for a little spring cleaning around Griesbach. We’ll provide the garbage bags and pickers. You generously volunteer to go throughout the neighbourhood. There will be a barbeque and refreshments provided by Westcorp Properties. Last year’s cleanup proved to be a volunteer activity for families.

To volunteer for the community cleanup contact Chrystal:

We encourage all volunteers to bring gloves, hat and sunscreen.

Do you have oversized items that need to go to the dump? Drop them off at the big bins provided by Westcorp. Some restrictions apply.

Griesbach Spring Fling ’80’s Flashback

Fling 15 PosterSaturday, May 9, 2015
7:30 pm – 1:00 am
Lorelei Beaumaris Community Hall
16220 – 103 St


Feather your hair and dig out the skinny leather tie. This year’s adult social/playground fundraiser is an ‘80’s-themed dress-up party at Lorelei Beaumaris Community Hall, just north of us.

Do you have items to donate to our silent auction? Contact: griesbachcommunicationdirector@gmail.com

• Rad Silent Auction.
• Totally Tubular DJ.
• Dress in your gnarly ’80’s wear.
• Tickets only $20!

Buy your tickets online through EventBrite.
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