2018: the year of the drinking fountain in Riley Park

Water for Riley has a strong start to the year

Water for Riley (W4R) will receive Northwest Healthcare Properties REIT’s (NWHP) substantial financial gift in 2018, no strings attached. The contribution is part of NWHP’s commitment to being a good neighbour to beautiful Riley Park. Terry Schmitt, NWHP Regional General Manager, Western Canada, and Tracy Hume, NWHP Regional Property Manager, met with W4R on February 26, 2018, to discuss logistics.

Gena Rotstein, Tracy Hume and Terry Schmitt at NWHP office

Reflecting Blooms is in the construction queue

The artistic, functional drinking fountain created by ACAD student and emerging artist, Michelle Lazo, is in Plan Assist stage. Naturally, Heavy Industries needs a contract to lay out the responsibilities and rights for it and its client.

This opened quite an interesting discussion: who is Heavy Industries’ client?

W4R is what’s known as a legal fiction. It exists as the project’s name and a group of volunteers who ensure the bills are paid. The City of Calgary is the ultimate owner of the drinking fountain, but is not the client. An ACAD student owns the IP in the design, but is not the client. HSCA is the oversight body of W4R’s volunteer Project Manager, but is not the client.

The dilemma has now been resolved to everyone’s satisfaction. The contract will have all the proper signatures this week.

Michelle Reid, Parks Dept, Greg Courage, Heavy Industries, Ron Buchan, Parks Dept, worked out satisfactory contractual language.

2018’s four remaining tasks

Task #1 is continued fundraising to bridge the gap between income and expenses.

Task #2 is managing the paperwork associated with the drinking fountain’s fabrication.

Task #3 is ongoing engagement with W4R’s community, stakeholders, sponsors, and partners, especially on social media, for which we thank HSCA for its platforms, apps, and assistance.

Task #4 will be a ribbon cutting celebration sometime in autumn.

Be part of Calgary’s public art legacy;
for Riley Park, for you, and for the future.

Donate to make this vision a reality at the Parks Foundation Calgary. 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 volunteer. Call 403 862 1923 and leave your contact information.

To all donors, supporters, partners and friends, thank you from the volunteers of Water for Riley.

See you in person, this autumn, at the opening celebration of the drinking fountain in Riley Park.