For Winter Walk Day: Enjoy Our Great Parks!

February 4, 2015 is Winter Walk Day in Canada, a nationwide initiative that encourages Canadians to get outside and walk, even for 15 minutes.

If you want to enjoy some beautiful scenery tomorrow, here’s some places to check out:

Bragg Creek Provincial Park
Located 44 km west of Calgary in the hamlet of Bragg Creek. Features of the park include:

  • Picnic space
  • Hiking trails
  • Fishing
  • Washrooms
  • Free parking

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Located between Calgary and Cochrane along the north shore of the Bow River. This park contains over 1,300 hectares of parkland. Features include:

  • Natural features, including endangered ecosystems and rare species
  • Showcase the rich history of ranching and the historic Glenbow townsite
  • Managed through a formal partnership with the Glenbow Ranch Park Foundation

Big Hill Springs Provincial Park
This park has a series of waterfalls, and a historic fish hatchery, not to mention Alberta’s first commercial creamery. This park is located 10 kilometres east of Cochrane. Features of the park include:

  • Hiking
  • Wildlife
  • Washrooms
  • Free Parking

For more information on these parks and many more in the County, check out the Rocky View County website.

Vote for Springbank Hill!

If you love living in Springbank Hill, now is the time to recognize your community by voting for it in the 2015 Best Neighbourhoods Survey. The annual survey is put on by Avenue Magazine, and ranks the top 50 voted on communities in Calgary.

The new survey asks respondents to compare more than two dozen characteristics and amenities in order to rank their importance. These rankings will then be used to weight neighbourhoods’ scores on those amenities based on the data collected from third-parties including the City of Calgary, the Calgary Police Service and other sources.

The survey is open online until February 28, 2015, and the results will be tallied and will appear in the August edition of the magazine. Springbank Hill sadly did not make the list year and now is the time to give it the credibility it deserves!

Please note: only communities within Calgary’s city limits are available to be voted on for this survey so Rocky View County communities aren’t on the list.

 

 

Bearspaw & Springbank: Why I Love These Communities

While there are many great communities in Calgary, I personally love Bearspaw and Springbank, which are situated just outside the city limits, in Rocky View County.

Bearspaw and Springbank are beautiful neighbourhoods with both urban and rural appeal, playing to the lifestyles of anyone. I myself have been a resident of Springbank for many years, and work in both areas.

There’s no shortage of exciting things to do in both communities, favouring both the urban and rural appeal. Lots of great businesses, parks and restaurants are in both areas, and of course the landscape is to die for.

Love the outdoors? Bearspaw and Springbank both boast an abundance of beautiful parks and parkland. Bordered by both the Bow and Elbow Rivers, and situated among Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, there’s no shortage of pathways and parks in the area.

Let’s talk about the curb appeal and resale value, which are two areas I know a lot about, being a REALTOR in the area. Home to several luxury properties, the neighbourhoods were voted among the richest neighbourhoods in Canada.

Also, of the over 7,200 new homes developed in the Rocky View County area in the past decade, 48% were in Springbank and Bearspaw.

Needless to say, I love Bearspaw and Springbank, and you can ask me anything about the areas, any time!

Organizing Your Home Office

January is “Get Organized Month”, and with the new year, it’s a perfect time to get around to that office organization you’ve been putting off. If you’ve got a home office, here’s five easy tips for organizing your space:

1. Take advantage of storage boxes, and try going with ones made from luxurious materials for some extra flair.

2. Experts from Style at Home recommend using glass vases, jars and canisters to store things as it makes things easy to find.

3. While you want to keep your home office tidy and organized, add some accessories or flowers to keep it a cozy space you want to spend time in.

4. Seek inspiration from new places: social media sites like Pinterest or Houzz, a colour palette you see, etc.

5. Upcycle materials and turn trash into treasure. Your desk doesn’t need to be top-of-the-line or brand new.

Recycle a Tree – Receive a Tree

The Rocky View County annual Christmas tree recycling program is back, and residents who bring their natural Christmas trees to a drop-off location will get a voucher for a tree seedling from Bow Point Nursery or Branched Out Nursery.

The drop-off locations are:

  • Bragg Creek Transfer Site
  • Langdon Transfer Site
  • Irricana Transfer Site
  • Crossfield Transfer Site
  • Airdrie Recycle Depot (East Side Recycling Depot)
  • Cochrane Eco Centre (Recycle Depot)
  • Bow Point Nursery
  • Branched Out Nursery

More information can be found online at the Rocky View County website here.

How snow removal works in Rocky View

This winter has brought with it lots of up and down weather so far, and if you’re wondering how Rocky View County goes about clearing the roadways of snow and ice, here’s a little insight.

Rocky View County is using some new and innovative tools to help tackle snow and ice removal, such as a snow melting machine. The County is one of the first in Alberta to use this type of machine, which is essentially like a large hot tub. Snow is dumped in and hot water melts it, then the water is filtered and sent to the storm water system. To give you an idea, it costs about 25% less than regular snow hauling to a dump site.

The County is also now using snowcats to deal with heavy snowfall on gravel roads. These machines are designed for moving around ski hills and areas where other vehicles can’t go—perfect for winter roads in country areas.

Interested in learning more about snow and ice removal in Rocky View County? Check out their website.

Flood Permit Grant Program Extended

The flood permit grant program was created following the June 2013 flood, to help Calgary   property owners who’s homes were damaged by the flooding. The program has now been extended until December 31, 2015.

The flood permit grant program was created by the City of Calgary and Canadian Red Cross, to help property owners pay for City permits associated with making repairs for flood damaged property.

The pilot program covers the fees associated with new permit(s) applications that are required to repair, restore or rebuilding a property.  Up to $7,000 in permit fees, per residential property, is available for those who qualify for the program.  The pilot program officially began on May 1, 2014, and will run until December 31, 2015. [City of Calgary]

For those who are still trying to rebuild and recover from the flood, the program is extended. Calgarians interested in applying for the permit program can contact the Red Cross at 1-866-696-6484 to discuss and assess their needs.

Bearspaw Trail will be completed within Glenbow Ranch Park

Thanks to a grant received from Rocky View County, Glenbow Ranch Park will have the means to complete Bearspaw Trail within the park. The grant is in the amount of $30,000, allocated from the Bearspaw Glendale and Ranch Lands Recreation Boards.

“It’s very exciting for us to receive this grant,” said GRPF Executive Director Susan de Caen. “It adds a great amount to what we’ve already received, which means we are almost two-thirds of the way to actually getting all the funding we need for the Bearspaw connection. It’s fantastic.” [Rocky View Weekly]

The Bearspaw Trail will connect Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park to Haskayne Park within Calgary, which will begin development by the City of Calgary in 2015.

The trail will also be a part of the TransCanada Trail, which will be completed by 2017. De Caen said the foundation hopes to connect the trail system to Cochrane’s as well. [Rocky View Weekly]

 

RVC: New Recreation and Culture Plan Coming

The County is one step closer to receiving a new Recreation and Culture Master Plan, after  a presentation to an RVC committee last week. Feedback from the presentation will be used to develop a report, which will be brought back to council in early January.

The development of the plan took into account a lot of feedback from the community, including information taken from workshops, interviews, questionnaires and tours of the facility.

One of the main recommendations being brought forward with the plan is a re-examining of the organizational structure of 10 recreation boards and one regional board.

“The primary purpose of the plan is to identify the needs of the community and a strategic direction to meet those needs, and how to do so in a financially sustainable manner.” – consultant Eric Lees

More recommendations and information on the proposed plan can be found in this great article on Rocky View Weekly.

 

 

Community Funding Requests Awarded in RVC

On November 25, Rocky View County (RVC) Council approved five community funding requests. Here’s a rundown of what organizations have been approved, and what for:

  • Bow Valley Agricultural Society: 50% cost-sharing grant to support maintenance and upgrades to the Indus arena, total approval just over $40,000.
  • North Bow Community Facility Board: support for land preparation work outside of Langdon to house a future high school and recreation amenities. Total approval: $38,000, $183,000 and $300,000 from various reserve funds.
  • Springbank Heritage Club: 50% of the cost to install a potable water line, total approval for $25,000.
  • Cochrane Lions Minor Football Association: to assist in the cost of purchasing and installing an artificial turf at Bow Valley High School. Total approval in the amount of $100,000.
  • Friends of Chestermere High School Society: assistance with the purchase of retractable seating at Chestermere High School. Total approval amount of $50,000.