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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.

Playground build delayed until Spring 2017

The City of Edmonton has come back to the Griesbach Playground Committee and Community League with some disappointing news.

With the amount of rainfall this summer, playground projects have been delayed across the City. With this delay, the City cannot guarantee that the playground will be built fully this season and has recommended that the construction start as one of the first projects in Spring 2017. This is disappointing news, but it is the safest option and allows Major General Griesbach School to use the school grounds without restriction over the fall and winter. Work is being done behind the scenes- completing the underground electrical work and pre-purchasing the playground equipment, which will help speed things up in the spring.

This is unfortunate news for everyone, but we are working with our partners to minimize the delay as much as possible.

Griesbach Playground awarded $250,000 grant.

School Project sample 4

One Griesbach student’s dream playground.

The Griesbach Playground Committee was thrilled to learn our community has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the City of Edmonton.

In order to qualify, the committee was required  outline all of the detailed planning work it has done to date. This includes:

  • Developing a needs assessment and outlining impacts.
  • Creating a strategy to guide the build.
  • Costing and budget projections.
  • Outlining efforts to date to get community feedback, including:
    • Information collected through an online survey to parents;
    • A project at MGG School asking kids to say what they’d like to see, and;
    • A multi-playground family tour organized last summer.

The proposal also required the development of an initial “concept plan.” This included an overall design for the playground landscaping and a description of key features we would like to implement. Not to mention a name for our playground.

Now that the committee has received positive feedback from the City, it would like to share its plans along with funding targets at the Griesbach Community League Annual General Meeting: March 17, 7 pm at MGG School.

We hope you can attend. The vision they have set is one we can all be proud of.


Special thanks goes out to our playground committee for the effort that went into the grant proposal: Jim Chronopoulos, Joylyn Teskey, Kara Kempin and Stacy Felkar. The committee would also like to acknowledge Alison Mould, Community Recreation Coordinator from the City of Edmonton for all of her guidance and Dave Neufeld for putting the proposal together. We’d also like to recognize Principal Stephen Lynch and MGG School for their support.

We continue to push ahead with our corporate sponsorship efforts, while applying for additional funding. Slowly but surely, we’re getting closer.