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.

 

Adjustments to Rocky View Master Rates

Rocky View County recently passed its annual adjustments to the Master Rates Bylaw, which outlines what residents pay for County services (building permits, utilities, licenses, etc.).

Most of the rates will remain unchanged for this year, and actually some will even be decreasing. In some categories, rates are rising 1-2% to cover inflation.

Increases include:

  • Bragg Creek sewer services are moving from a fixed rate of $125. per month to a rate of $25 plus $3.70 per cubic metre of water consumption to better reflect each homeowner’s individual use.
  • The costs of monuments, burial sites, and other cemetery-related services are increasing to move towards true cost recovery.

The new rates come into effect on April 1, 2015.

The Master Rates Bylaw reflects the County’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan, which identifies fiscal sustainability as one of its pillars. The County is moving towards more user-based fee structures for programs and services that benefit only some residents. Currently fewer than 12,000 of the County’s 38,000 residents receive water, sewer, or curbside waste and recycling services provided by the County.

More information on the Master Rates Bylaw and its 2015 amendments can be found on the Rocky View County website 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

 

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.