Volunteers for the Riley Park drinking fountain have two main tasks:
1) Coordinating selection of one drinking fountain design from 21 student submissions, and
2) Raising money to build the chosen design.
How are we doing on both tasks?
- The effects have been greater than the sum of the parts. Water for Riley volunteers and partners attended ACAD and SAIT classes, ACAD and SAIT students studied Riley Park, SAIT students went to Hillhurst Elementary School, ACAD students exhibited their designs at Hillhurst Elementary School, and Hillhurst Elementary School teachers created learning modules for students to interact with the designs. The designs were displayed in five venues around the community, including at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association, and This Is My City Arts Festival.
Each design held enchantment for the five skilled jury members, and they debated until reaching an organic consensus. Three shortlisted designs are now undergoing professional, technical review. Water for Riley’s jury will get expert recommendations to guide its decision of which one design will be built.
That leads to the second major task – fundraising.
- Water for Riley began in a different economic climate, so the second task is not yet half accomplished. Although there’s progress there’s also less money available for unfunded priorities like a drinking fountain near the children’s playground. The volunteer committee is working hard and smart on finding funding. Stay tuned for news.
With questions. to volunteer, or give comments please call 403 862 1923 or email. All donations over $10.00 are eligible for a tax receipt through the Parks Foundation. To contribute to the project, click the button and specify you support the Water for Riley project: