A toast to 2020 and thank you 2019

We were so close to the finish line

The drinking fountain is built. That’s correct. It’s fabricated, and the plumber was testing it last week. Theoretically, if this were August instead of October, we’d be announcing the date of the grand opening celebration.

instead, somewhat sadly, we announcing that our wonderful partner, Heavy Industries, is crating the pieces to store over the winter so it can be installed when the ground thaws in Spring, 2020.

These completed stems of Reflecting Blooms are crated for winter storage

We tried so hard

We tried our very best to get the work prepared, documented, approved, permitted, scheduled, tested and installed in September, or October at the latest. Then, the snow came.
In the end, the installer’s logic persuaded us to delay installation until May, 2020. All the other steps will be completed then, so The City, Screwpile and Landform can go on site and accomplish everything at once.
Heavy Industries has done all its preparation: scheduled the plumber to test the fountains, and after that, ensure the pieces of the drinking fountain are crated and stored safely over the winter. 
  • The professional Project Manager will redo the Plan Assist schedule for the final tasks and circulate it.
  • Our Parks Department liaison is shepherding the contracts through The City Solicitor’s office for signatures.
  • The Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association has started a process of convening a committee to plan an opening celebration.
Now, we must wait out winter. 
Very best wishes to you all, until spring then …

Huge thanks to all who made the drinking fountain in Riley Park possible

W4R’s organizing committee – Michelle Vincent, Kerry Harmer, Sally Truss, Jocelyn Kabatoff, and Natalie Bach, among others – appreciates advice from: IBI Group, Ron Buchan and Michelle Reid of City of Calgary Parks Department, councillor Druh Farrell, Julie Black of The Calgary Foundation, The Parks Foundation of Calgary, Gena Rotstein of Place2Give Foundation, Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association staff.

Our business friends who donated so much in time and funding and other supports: Framed on Fifth, Sunnyside Natural Market, Nulli Identity Management, and Heavy Industries.

We are especially grateful to many individual donors, and corporate donors such as The Calgary Foundation, Alberta Tourism, NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT, and Spray Group for generous financial support.

We invite everyone to participate as a volunteer, fundraiser, donor, sponsor, or any other role. Call 403 862 1923 and leave your contact information.See our story in a video http://www.waterforriley.org/2018/07/acad-w4r-video/

2 thoughts on “A toast to 2020 and thank you 2019”

  1. THANK YOU 2019!
    The glass is half full – the Water4Riley drinking fountain is built, tested & will hibernate for the winter 😊 … but alas, the glass is half empty – Deborah, we know you were really hoping to have it installed this fall ☹

    A TOAST TO 2020!
    Perhaps the silver lining (if there is one) is that the installation & grand opening will now happen in the SPRING – which is often everyone’s most favourite season & a time of new beginnings, renewal, new life, awakenings.

    There are so many spring and water metaphors and adages that can be used in May 2020 to signal the arrival, unveiling and celebration of Water4Riley that it’s quite exciting to start thinking about it all now – as we look upon the snow @ Riley Park.

    Plus, once Water4Riley is launched, we can keep up the attention and focus of the new drinking fountain versus launching it in the fall when interest may not be as high or tough to sustain over the winter.

    I love the idea of the water fountain being installed in 2020 – there’s poetry in that too!

    Deborah, hooray to you and your team for all that you’ve done on the Water4Riley project and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are all truly grateful for your vision, passion and tenacity!

    Sip, sip hooray!

    1. Thank you so much, Joanne, and all the staff and friends at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association (HSCA). We have such a great local community of volunteers and supporters.

      For those who don’t know, Water for Riley is a subcommittee and reports to the Chair of the HSCA Planning Committee. Without this institutional support, Water for Riley would not have succeeded.

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