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 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.

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).

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.

Amendments will protect Rocky View County waterways


Last week, Rocky View County council adopted amendments that will help protect the lands adjacent to County waterways, by limiting the types of construction permitted in those areas. The amendments will also enforce setbacks to keep these zones intact.

“Although they make up a relatively small portion of the landscape, they have some significant importance relating to economic, health, and environmental considerations,” said RVC Senior Planner Richard Barss. “Economically, they can help prevent or limit erosion, and they can slow down flooding. Health-wise, they improve water quality by filtering nutrients and sediments from water systems. And from an environmental perspective, they provide an important habitat for mammals and fish.”


“For the County to be coming out with these bylaw amendments, it shows exceptionally strong leadership,” he said. “We will be trumpeting this success to other municipalities within the region.”


[Rocky View Weekly]

If you want to learn more about the Riparian Protection Areas (RPA) and the most recent amendments that will protect waterways in Rocky View County, read this article online by Rocky View Weekly.

Rocky View living: Preparing for winter

Living in a rural community means it’s even more important to be prepared for winter emergencies, seeing as how you’re farther away from supplies than urban dwellers. You never know when you may be snowed in, so here’s a quick reference to get prepared.

You should have an emergency kit on hand that has at least a three day supply of the following:

• Enough water for one gallon, per person in your home, per day• Non-perishable food items/high-energy snacks
• Food and supplies for babies/pets if you have them
• Any medications anyone may need
• Flashlight (hand cranked or battery powered)
• Extra batteries
• Radio/cell phone charger

*Rocky View County recommends not to include candles in your kit, but opt for flashlights instead, as candles are a major cause of fires.

The debate over the Springbank Reservoir Project

A group of Springbank residents called (DDS), is fighting the Alberta Government’s plan to build an off-stream reservoir in the Springbank area. The off-stream reservoir, referred to as SR1, was announced on September 26 as part of the government’s on-going flood mitigation efforts.

The reservoir will be located 14-kilometres west of Calgary, designed to divert and store a portion of high-water levels on the Elbow River, in the event of a flood such as the one we saw in 2013. To put it into perspective, the 1,400 acre reservoir will be 40% larger than the Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary.

“Families have lived there for 100 years now, some even longer than 100 years, and it’s a vibrant community,” said Springbank resident and DDS member Scott Wagner. “The flooding in 2013 was a disaster, everybody recognizes that, and I’m sure you need actions that move forward and protect communities. We don’t believe that SR1 fully protects the communities that it should.”


According to Wagner, the reservoir will leave many of the most high-risk areas vulnerable – including Bragg Creek, Redwood Meadows, High River, Priddis, Canmore, Cochrane, Calgary downtown, and Stampede Park. [Rocky View Weekly]

Where do you stand on this issue? Eager to hear your feedback on Facebook or Twitter.



Volunteer for Rocky View Committees and Boards

Rocky View County is seeking residents to be members of several committees and boards. The following positions are currently available:

  • Agricultural Services Board (ASB): 2 members
  • Assessment Review Board: 3 members
  • Development Appeal Committee: 4 members
  • Family & Community Support Services Board: 1 member
  • Subdivision Appeal Committee: 7 members
  • Bragg Creek Design Review Committee: 2 members
  • Marigold Library Board: 1 member
  • Bearspaw Glendale Recreation Board: 3 members
  • Beiseker Regional Recreation Board: 1 member
  • Rocky View East Recreation Board: 1 member
  • Rocky View West Recreation Board: 4 members

A full list of the terms and requirements of each committee and board position is up on the Rocky View County website. Information on how to apply for one of these positions can be found online here.

Funding Available for Rocky View Non-Profits

Rocky View County is now accepting applications from non-profits and charities/societies for special project funding. If your organization provides social support programs for Rocky View County residents, you may be eligible. The deadline to apply for this funding is September 30, 2014.

  • Applicants must serve Rocky View County residents, and have programs that meet one or more of the following criteria:
  • Be preventative in nature, and enhance the social well-being of individuals and families by promoting or providing early intervention strategies.
  • Help people develop independence, coping skills, the ability to resist crisis, and an awareness of social needs.
  • Help people develop interpersonal and group skills to build constructive relationships with others.
  • Support people and communities to assume responsibility for decisions and actions affecting them.
  • Promote, encourage, and facilitate the involvement of volunteers.

For more information or to receive an application form, contact Randy Ell at 403-520-1289 or

Acreage Living: Tips for Fencing Your Property

With the summer weather upon us, you may be thinking about finally getting that new fence up in your yard. Before you figure out what type of fence you want, first you should find out the specifics: where can you legally build a fence, and you’ll want to discuss it with your neighbours most likely.

Before you plan for a fence, first decide what you need a fence for: confine or exclude animals, aesthetics, dividing parts of your property, etc. Once you define that, then you can figure our what kind of fence to build.

• Barbed wire: recommended usage for cows and goats, but not for sheep, horses or swine. There is also always the likelihood of injury with this type.

• Woven or mesh wire: these are common and safe for the use of livestock.

• Rail fencing: this is popular for horses and other farm animal fencing.

• Cable wire: these have higher production costs but are very effective and are low-maintenance.

• Electrical fencing: while effective, there is always a potential danger with this type of fencing, so do your research.

Springbank Land Donated to Rocky View County

A 31.66-acre private land donation has been made to Rocky View County, from the River Ridge Estates Corporation (valued at $1,685,000). The land includes three properties, located in Springbank (near Spring Gate Estates).

Future uses could include: a natural stormwater solution that may provide future local and regional stormwater solutions; preservation of the lands within the Elbow River valley; expansion of the open space and trail network system in the area; or community support for the protection of a natural landscape. [Rocky View Weekly]

The County says the first step is to acquire the land and the potential uses will be explored with the community and nearby landowners in the next few years. The donation was approved with a 6-2 vote at the last Rocky View County meeting.

More on this land donation can be found in this week’s edition of Rocky View Weekly here.