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/