John Laurie Boulevard N.W. Restoration and Reconstruction project Update

I would like to provide you with an update regarding the John Laurie Boulevard N.W. Restoration and Reconstruction project.

Construction & detour updates
Reconstruction on the south side of the intersection of John Laurie Boulevard and Brisebois Drive N.W. is proceeding as scheduled, and expected to be complete on Tuesday, September 24.

As part of this work, a full closure of Brisebois Drive N.W. at the intersection of John Laurie Boulevard N.W. will be taking place from the morning of Tuesday, September 7, straight through until the evening of Saturday, September 11, 2021.

Detour routes for all modes of travel will be in place via Charleswood Drive N.W. and Shaganappi Trail N.W. Eastbound and westbound traffic on John Laurie Boulevard N.W. will be maintained, with turning movements onto Brisebois Drive N.W. restricted. Please refer to the attached map for details.

Detour signage and Variable Message Boards will be on-site to help direct traffic and updates and will be shared via the project webpage and email newsletter.

The project team will work hard to minimize the impacts to commuters and travellers in the area as much as possible, however delays are expected. We are asking the public to please follow all posted signage in the construction area, including speed reductions.

New multi-use pathway connection
A new multi-use pathway connection and accessibility ramps will be built at the northwest corner of the Shaganappi Trail and John Laurie Boulevard N.W. intersection, in coordination with the John Laurie Boulevard N.W. reconstruction project. The addition of this missing link in the 5A Network will enhance accessibility and connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians, providing an important connection from the community of Edgemont to Nose Hill Park and the Shaganappi Trail N.W. intersection.

Completing this connection in conjunction with the John Laurie Boulevard N.W. intersection improvements project, while crews are active in the area, will allow pathway construction to be completed more efficiently and avoid future impacts from completing this work at a later date.

Construction of the pathway is scheduled to be complete in fall 2021.

We will continue to provide your association with updates regarding this project. If you would like to share project updates with the public, I recommend that you direct them to our project web page where they can also sign up for the email newsletter. Feel free to also share the above information via your channels.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the project team at JohnLaurieBlvdProject@calgary.ca.

Triwood Farmers Market

Triwood Community Association proudly supports local businesses. Their goal is to connect consumers with local businesses and offer consumers a diverse selection of products. Consumers can be sure they are purchasing the highest quality goods from local sources. This also ensures that the majority of purchased goods help support the local economy.

Every Tuesday from June 1 – September 28

2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW

https://www.triwoodcommunity.com/farmers-market

John Laurie Blvd. N.W. Restoration

Construction is anticipated to start during the week of June 7. However, light on-site mobilization of the contractor’s equipment and lane closures are anticipated after June 2.

Construction will start at the John Laurie Blvd. N.W. and Brisebois Dr. intersection. This work is anticipated to be completed by early July. Access to the Nose Hill Park parking lot will be maintained during the majority of this time; however, access may be impeded due to construction. Full closure of the Many Owls Valley parking lot is planned for a few days and advance notification for this closure will be shared via project updates.

Early construction will include underground work at the John Laurie Blvd. N.W. and 19 St. intersection as well as the Charleswood Dr. intersection. Restoration work and paving will take place along John Laurie Blvd. N.W. during the majority of the construction period.

Throughout construction, there will be various temporary lane closures, lane shifts, and speed reductions; although, the project team will work hard to minimize the impacts to the commuters and travellers in the area as much as possible. Detours will be in place and we are asking the public to please follow all posted signage in the construction area including speed reductions and to expect some delays.

A project video is available on the web page at www.Calgary.ca/JohnLaurieBlvd to help the public better understand the scope, schedule and impacts of the project including alternate options for parking during the Many Owls Valley parking lot closure. Bold signs were posted through the project area earlier this year and installation of variable message boards is underway. Other promotional tactics include a social media marketing campaign.

Visit John Laurie Blvd. N.W. Restoration & Reconstruction Shaganappi Tr. to 14 St. Public can also sign up for the email newsletter.

The future of single-family home communities is at stake

The Guidebook for Great Communities is going to Council on March 22, 2021. 

If you haven’t heard of the Guidebook to this point, it has the potential to significantly alter the nature of communities across Calgary, particularly as it relates to the future of single-family home communities.

The Cambrian Heights Community Association (CHCA), like many other community associations across the City, has expressed concerns about some of the proposals in the Guidebook.  As highlighted in a Calgary Herald insert this morning:

“The new policy for low-density residential development called “Neighbourhood Local” mixes housing forms (single detached, duplexes, semi-detached and row housing) which could lead to changes to existing density, height, setbacks, lot sizes and lot coverage and puts mature trees at risk.”

While below you will find links to various materials about the Guidebook, the Brentwood Community Association (BCA), a close neighbour to Cambrian Heights, has produced a very informative document that summarizes their concerns. The CHCA shares these concerns. The BCA document can be found here:
www.brentwoodcommunity.com/2021/03/12/guidebook-for-great-communities

There are a variety of other sources for further information about the Guidebook as well; some are official City websites and some are private links.

The City of Calgary’s Guidebook website is:
https://www.calgary.ca/pda/pd/current-studies-and-ongoing-activities/guidebook-for-great-communities.html

Other individuals and Community Associations have posted materials here:

For those that are interested, there is still an opportunity to participate in a City of Calgary hosted Guidebook 101 session. The next session is on March 16th, and the details can be found here … https://guidebook101-mar16.eventbrite.ca

If you would like to comment on the Guidebook:

Contact Ward 4 Councillor Sean Chu (Ward 4 includes Cambrian Heights)

Contact The Mayor and City Council

Submit written comments prior to the meeting via http://calgary.ca/publicsubmission

  • Comments must be received by March 15th at noon to be included in the Councillors’ package delivered by the end of the week

Speak at the March 22nd Council meeting

John Laurie Blvd Restoration and Reconstruction Project

As part of The City’s life-cycle maintenance and major roads restoration program, we’re completing pavement reconstruction and restoration work on John Laurie Blvd. N.W. Improvements will include road restoration and rehabilitation of John Laurie Blvd. from Shaganappi Tr. to 14 St., as well as full intersection reconstruction at Brisebois Dr.

This project will improve roadway operation, safety and surface characteristics of the roadway between Shaganappi Tr. and 14 St. and help to ensure the road continues to be safe, functional and in great condition for years to come.

Work will commence in Spring 2021 and continue through Summer 2021, with scheduled completion in Fall 2021. Regular project updates will be available and a link to subscribe to the project newsletter is posted on www.calgary.ca/johnlaurieblvd.

Help us stay open

Help stop the spread with these tips from The City of Calgary:

Even if your symptoms are mild, isolate from your family so they don’t get sick.

  • Stay and sleep in a separate bedroom.
  • If possible, use a separate bathroom.
  • Sanitize any surface you touch.
  • If you need to go near your family for a minute or two, wear a mask and keep your hands clean.
  • Eat in a separate location and do not share food or utensils.

Indoor social gatherings are the number one way the COVID virus is spreading.

  • Socialize in outdoor settings: have a drink by a firepit, visit our zoo, and enjoy parks and skating rinks.
  • Avoid outdoor areas that are crowded.
  • If you feel unwell, even with mild symptoms, don’t meet anyone outdoors.

Driving with co-workers increases your risk of COVID-19 exposure.

  • Wear a mask and sit as far away from others as possible.
  • Clean your hands before you enter and after you leave the vehicle.
  • Sanitize frequently touched vehicle surfaces.

Have you started your 9 p.m. Routine?

Vehicle theft and car prowling prevention:

  • Garage openers should not be left in vehicles, or should be disengaged, as thieves can use them to gain entry into a home.
  • Avoid parking in unlit areas at night.
  • Lock your doors and close all windows at all times, even while you are in your yard.
  • Hide your valuables out of sight, or better yet, take them with you.
  • Don’t keep extra keys in your vehicle.
  • If you park your vehicle in a parkade, be sure that you do not let anyone else in who doesn’t belong when you are entering and exiting.
  • Report any suspicious activity or behaviour, such as someone trying door handles on parked vehicles.

Home and garage break-in prevention:

  • Offenders will often break into a residence as a way to steal a vehicle parked outside the residence. When you’re at home, store your vehicle keys away from the entrance to your house.
  • Consider installing home and vehicle alarm systems and vehicle anti-theft devices.
  • Ensure that all doors and windows are secured at all times, even when you’re home. Culprits need mere moments to commit a theft or break in. If you do open any windows or doors, make sure you only open them for rooms that someone is present in.
  • Report any suspicious people or activity in your community by calling 403-266-1234 or 9-1-1 if there is a crime in progress.

 

 

 

 

 

Community Association Pumpkin Event

On October 3 the Cambrian Heights Community Association gave away approximately 160 pumpkins to residents in celebration of Halloween 2020.
With the COVID-19 Pandemic restricting our ability to host our annual Halloween Party and Dance we thought this would be a good way of kindling the spirit of Halloween in these difficult times. These pumpkins were purchased directly from a local farmer and distributed by our Social Director Jodi Dixon and her team of volunteers including Mary Hopkins and her two able young assistants Robert and Michael.
With a number left over at the Community Center some volunteers including Lara and her daughter Hanna, Renelle, Mary and Jodi undertook to deliver pumpkins to senior residents and those who could not make it out on Saturday. Some remaining pumpkins were donated to the edelweiss Preparatory School housed in the Community center.
Other online contests are happening through October including best decorated house and best costume plus a roving DJ will tour the community Halloween evening.
Email your entries or request details from social@cambrianheightscommunity.com.

Enjoy the spirit of the season with a free pumpkin!

We’ve got a few surprises to keep our community spirits up this season.  The first is a complimentary pumpkin for your household to enjoy.

Pick-up on:

Saturday, October 3

10am-2pm

Hall parking lot

Limited quantities – one per house – we have reserved some for those with a 2020 Membership

Safety protocols will be in place.  Please consider wearing a mask even though we are outdoors.

Any questions, please email social@cambrianheightscommunity.com

North Central Family Resource Network Fall Programs

From the North Central Family Resource Network newsletter: 

This is a small snapshot of the happenings at the North Central FRN this fall. Please call our intake line at (403) 543-0555 to see what programs are accepting participants and to register.

Girl Talk, Online!

Join us every Wednesday online as we talk about self esteem, problem solving, coping strategies, healthy relationships and more through games, arts & crafts, yoga, meditation, nutrition and guest speakers! Program is for girls 12-17 years old.

Wednesdays, October 7-November 25 Online
4:00pm-5:00pm

Kids Konnect

Open to kids in grades 4-6; come and learn new skills, play games and meet new friends. Sessions may include, photography, nutrition, keeping active, arts and crafts and literacy!

Thursdays, October 22 – December 10 Online
4:15pm-5:15pm

My Kid’s New Thing

Kids seem to change every week, and sometimes you need to talk to other parents about it! Parents and Caregivers can join us for weekly conversations, connect with other parents, talk about kids successes and challenges, and learn from others.

Mondays, ongoing starting October 5 Online
10:00am-11:00am

Mask On

We are working with a wonderful group of community volunteers to create and sew masks for children, youth and adults during COVID-19. Volunteers will also have an opportunity to connect with one another virtually as they learn and sew together.

Stronger Families Parenting Program

This program will meet in person at the FRN as a small, physically distant group. Parents & Caregivers will learn practical skills to increase children’s positive behavior, decrease negative behavior and model appropriate behaviors. They will also learn how to enhance parent – child communication and build robust family relationships.

Tuesdays, October 6 – 27
In person
9:00am-12:00pm

Cookin’ With The Youngin’s

Parents and Caregivers of kids ages 5-12 can come and learn how to get their kids involved by grocery shopping and cooking together, making healthy food look visually appealing so they will eat it, and learning about portion size for your child’s age and homemade versus processed food.

Tuesdays, October 9-November 13 Online
1:00pm-2:00pm

Fun Money, Smart Money

Four-session Money Management course for youth ages 14-18. Our Financial Literacy Facilitator will teach the youth tips, tricks, and budgeting skills to prepare for their financial future as adults!

Tuesdays, October 13-November 3 Online
4:30pm-6:00pm