Spring Cleaning: Garbage & Recycling Locations

If you’re planning on doing some spring cleaning anytime soon, there’s a number of depots and centres available for Springbank and Bearspaw residents.

Springbank Recycling Depot
67 Commercial Court (Wild Wild West Events Centre)
Open every day from 10 am to 5 pm

Accepting the following materials

  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Mixed papers
  • Glass
  • Small metal items

Bearspaw CHUCKwagon
*CHUCKwagons are mobile recycling bins that act as small-scale transfer sites.
253220 Bearspaw Road NW (Bearspaw Lifestyles Centre)
Open Wednesdays 10 am to 7 pm

Accepting the following materials

  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Mixed papers
  • Clear glass
  • Small metal items

Springhill CHUCKwagon
*CHUCKwagons are mobile recycling bins that act as small-scale transfer sites.
SpringHill RV Park on Highway 22
Open Sundays 9 am to 3 pm

Accepting the following materials

  • Household garbage
  • Newspaper
  • Mixed papers
  • Clear glass
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic

Fees for recycling and garbage locations in Rocky View County can be found online here.

 

The Sustainable Future of Springbank Park For All Seasons

The Springbank Park For All Seasons (SPFAS) and their board of directors is committed to continued sustainability, and is currently focused on planning for the future of this goal.

A top priority for the Springbank Park For All Seasons’ Board of Directors and Staff Members is to provide safe and sustainable facilities where kids and adults play, families and friends come together, people meet socially, and individuals learn.

Just a few examples of how SPFAS is already going this:

  • An ongoing review of the long-term capital life cycle replacement plan
  • Maintaining a financial plan that assists with advancing long-term financial sustainability
  • Implementation of a plan to improve storm water drainage

In the most recent SPFAS newsletter, the group outlines some of the highlights of their comprehensive plan to see this goal into the future, including:

  •  Assessment of current facilities and services
  • Valuation of future facility and service needs
  • Cycle replacement sustainability
  • Evaluate the impact of population growth, related aging demographic and residency forecasts
  • Align objectives and plans with those of other recreation and culture service providers.

If you’re interested in joining the SPFAS Long-Term Planning Committee, contact SPFAS (send an email to jrop@springbankpark.com) to express your interest in helping to plan for the future of SPFAS and our Springbank Community.

Find out more about the SPFAS and their plan for sustainability on their website here.

Tips for Organizing Your Home Office

Today is “Organize Your Home Office Day”, and it’s the perfect time to get around to the office organization you’ve been putting off. Here are five tips for organizing your home office 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.

If you find any great articles on home office organization, please feel free to share them with me on Twitter.

Preparing for Severe Weather, of any Kind

While we’ve lucked out on severe weather in Calgary and surrounding area (fingers-crossed), weather has been a trending problem in other parts of Canada lately.

I found an article in Acreage Life Magazine, that provided some useful tips at the right time, on preparing your home for extreme weather. In the wake of the extreme weather we’ve seen so far this summer in Calgary: flooding, hail storms, etc., this information can really help you.

Have a plan in place:

• Establish meeting places in the home and neighbourhood
• Discuss your communication details: phone numbers, email addresses, etc.
• Keep a copy of emergency plans from schools, community centres, city centres, etc.
• Keep a list of emergency contacts: family members, physicians, etc.

Keep supplies on-hand:

• Keep enough non-perishable food, water and pet food to feed your family for up to 3 days
• Extra cash and copies of personal documents
• Battery-powered radio
• Medications
• Supplies such as: plastic sheets, dust masks, duct tape, etc.
• Extra clothing and hygiene items

Interested in reading more on this topic? Read the full Acreage Life article here.

What amenities do you want to see at ‘Bingham Crossing’?

The Bingham Crossing development will be located just west of Calgary in Springbank, a retail and lifestyle centre development.

The development is a partnered initiative by Rencor Developments and United Communities, and the two groups are looking for feedback from Springbank residents as to what types of amenities they would like to see in the development.

Over the next couple of weeks, Springbank residents will be getting phone calls where they will be asked to share input on retail, services and other amenities for Bingham Crossing.

Those community members not included in the survey are invited to contact Ron (403-263-4449 or renaudr@rencor.ca) or Paul (403-265-6180 orPDouglas@unitedcommunities.com) to pass on their thoughts.

You can find out more information about the Bingham Crossing development on their website here.

Springbank Park For All Seasons: Learn a Little More

Being a long-time resident of Springbank, I know how important the Springbank Park For All Seasons (SPFAS) is to the community. Springbank residents have a great opportunity with this facility to take advantage of recreation and social gatherings.

Here’s a quick look at the great facility and park:

Where is SPFAS?

It is located at 32224A Springbank Road in Rocky View County.

What is SPFAS?


The SPFAS provides recreation facilities and space for special events and meetings, and has partnered with many partners to provide sports programs and social activities to the community as well.

What’s at SPFAS?

• Indoor arenas
• Curling rink
• Outdoor arena
• Weight room
• Dryland training
• Lounge
• Indoor ball facility
• Baseball diamond
• Soccer field/football field
• Playground and green spaces

It’s a great place and I suggest you check it out if you haven’t already. You can find out more information on their website here. For other great things about Springbank, contact me (or tweet me).

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!

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.