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June 2015

B&E Arrests. New Griesbach Neighbourhood Watch Facebook page

FB Page BannerConstable Jacqui Buchannan of the EPS has informed us that two individuals have been arrested on charges related to a recent spate of break-ins in Griesbach. She is confident that we will see a significant drop in B&E crimes as a result.

These break-ins have created quite a stir on our Facebook page, with a number of residents posting reports of suspicious activity and even photos of suspects. Due to the interest, a new Facebook page has been created – dedicated exclusively to posts concerning neighbourhood watch.

It will be a “closed” group. Simply search for Griesbach Neighbourhood Watch and click Join. Or Click Here. You will receive a confirmation in short order.

The reason for the dedicated “by-invitation” FB page is to ensure we can keep posts on criminal activity private from the prying eyes of those responsible. The more of us who join and share our observations, the more effective it will be.

July Newsletter

Our July newsletter is here and jam packed. CLICK HERE: July 2015


  • Join the newly formed GRIESBACH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Facebook group.
  • Police announce 2 arrests in recent Griesbach B&Es.
  • Griesbach Mini’s Program profiile airing on CTV news June 24 at 6pm.
  • Pride flag raising. Tribute to Const. Woodall.
  • Front Yards in Bloom nominations close June 30.
  • Traffic circle flowerbed facelift.
  • Represent… Griesbach… in the K-Days Parade

Be cool… just not in the storm ponds.

While Griesbach lakes do look like a mighty tempting place to cool off on a hot summer day, swimming is prohibited. We and the City want you to be safe. And, hey… it’s not healthy for the swimmers or the wildlife.

If you see swimmers you are encourage to report to 311. (Thanks to Tony for bringing this to our attention!)

May we suggest the Castle Downs Spray Park instead! It’s way nicer, safer… and has a cool sandbox!

For details on the City’s policy around storm ponds, please visit the link below:

Griesbach shows its pride.

IMG_1965The sun was beaming down on Patricia Park on Friday evening as close to 50 residents of all stripes   joined us to hoist the Pride flag for Edmonton Pride Week. Griesbach Parks and Community Gardens Director Bryan Evans gave a stirring speech reminding us how just how far we have come – and the struggles that have been faced along the way.

We are blessed to live in such a dynamic, diverse, progressive and welcoming community where members of the LBGT community can feel right at home. Thanks to everyone who joined us, and all our well wishers on social media.


Front Yards In Bloom returns

Reward the hard work of Griesbach’s Green Thumbs!

FYiB - Summer LogoNominate your neighbours for their efforts! Edmonton’s Front Yards in Bloom program is all about recognizing neighbours who make an effort to beautify their front yards.

Front Yards in Bloom started in 1999, with 150 nominations in its first year. It is now the largest program of its kind in Canada. Last year, we received over 3,400 nominations city-wide. This year, our goal is to receive 3,700 nominations.
Front Yards can be nominated in one of four categories:

  1. General: Appealing front yards that makes people smile as they pass by! These yards could include a variety of colours, textures, plants, and garden features.
  2. Natural: Yards with a “natural” aesthetic, using native plants, and limited pesticides & herbicides.
  3. Edible: Yards incorporating edible fruits, flowers, and plants into the landscape design.
  4. Public Spaces (*New*): Yards with landscaping features and aesthetic appeal in front of a public building (including schools, businesses/offices, multi-unit residences, churches, and community league halls).

After the nomination deadline, volunteers deliver a sign and brochure to each nominated yard, and also choose some top yards for recognition. Edmonton Native Plant Group and Sustainable Food Edmonton judge the top Natural and Edible yards, respectively. Results will be announced during the Edmonton in Bloom Awards on August 12th at City Hall. Everyone is invited to attend the celebration!
Nominations can be submitted May 20 – June 30. It’s easy!

Anyone can submit a nomination (no self-nominations, please). Nominations must be for a front yard or a yard visible by everyone. There are two ways to submit your nomination:

  1. Online submission form at www.frontyardsinbloom.ca
  2. Phone 311

Front Yards in Bloom is a partnership between the Edmonton Horticultural Society, the City of Edmonton, and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

For information, visit: www.frontyardsinbloom.ca

Questions? Email: front.yards@edmonton.ca

Griesbach to raise Pride flag on June 5th

Griesbach is an incredibly diverse and progressive community. For many of us, the inclusive and welcoming atmosphere is a big part of its appeal.

To kick off Edmonton’s Pride Week festivities and show our support for our amazing friends and neighbours in the LBGTQ community, Griesbach Community League will be flying the Pride Flag in Patricia Park.

You are invited to join us for the flag raising: Friday, June 5th at 7 pm.

An informal ceremony will take place in Griesbach’s Patricia Park, which was created in honour of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. The PPCLI have been very supportive of this initiative, which is being done with their full blessing.

It should be a perfect evening for the festivities. We hope you can stop by!

On a personal note, in the short time we have lived here, my wife and I have the genuine pleasure of becoming close friends with a number of openly gay residents. We are so much richer for the experience. They are always ready to share a drink and a laugh. They are always there to support us in times of need. They are fun travel companions. They are among our most active community boosters and volunteers. And they take incredible pride in our community. We’re blessed to have them in our lives. I hope you can come out and show your support.

Dave Neufeld
Communication Director
Griesbach Community League