Major sponsor uplifts Water for Riley

Welcome 2018 and NWHP,
W4R’s new sponsor

The North West corner of Riley Park is the old Grace Hospital. NorthWest Healthcare Properties (NWHP) owns the site, which is slated for redevelopment. It’s early stage, and NWHP hasn’t yet made planning decisions or submitted permit applications.

NWHP expresses its commitment to working with the community for mutual benefits. Members of the Hillhurst Sunnyside community have engaged with NWHP, with the goals of optimizing use of the prime inner-city location and fitting with the neighbourhood.

Water for Riley (W4R) is one of the stakeholders interested in NWHP’s plans for the land. After all, whoever lives and/or works in the Grace site has Riley Park for a yard.

One decision has W4R excited!

In NWHP’s own words, from Terry SchmittRegional General Manager, NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT:

We are pleased to advise you that NorthWest Healthcare Properties would like to accept your proposal to become a major sponsor of the Water for Riley project by offering a donation of $50,000. NorthWest has been and will continue to be a long term member of the community and is excited about the opportunity to participate in this project.
Terry Schmitt and Tracy Hume of NWHP met with Michelle Vincent, volunteer with W4R.

In W4R’s words, we are grateful NWHP wants to be a good neighbour, W4R’s major sponsor, and participant in this adventure. This is a no-strings attached donation to the community for Riley Park.

The gift is important for so many reasons

This amazingly generous gift will allow us to complete the fabrication of Reflecting Blooms and plant the blooms this year. It motivates volunteerism in our wonderful community. It means we will come together, as a community, at a celebration when the drinking fountain opens. It demonstrates that community and developers can find common ground for mutual benefit.

 With this incredible gift, the drinking fountain might be almost fully funded. We await final cost of building it before we know for sure. The fabricators, Heavy Industries, is in the Plan Assist stage to confirm the final costs. Once we have that number, we will know if a gap exists between cost and cash on hand. Stay tuned for more news.

Be part of Calgary’s public art legacy;

for Riley Park, for you, and for the future.

Donate to make this vision become reality. At the instructions to seller page, specify that your support is for Water for Riley project. The Parks Foundation issues tax receipts for donations greater than $10.00.

We invite everyone to participate as a volunteer organizer, fundraiser, donor, sponsor, or any other role. Call 403 862 1923 and leave your contact information.