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Water for Riley thanks partners and donors

At this almost half way point, Water for Riley thanks those who have made it possible for the project to get this far. Donors include The Calgary Foundation, Sunnyside Natural Market, Framed on Fifth, and Alberta Culture and Tourism.

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For your donations, thank you. Water for Riley values all its community relationships, which are as important as drinking water in the park on a hot day.

All donations of $10.00 and greater get tax receipts from Place2Give Foundation.

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Call 403 862 1923 with questions.

Drinking water in Riley Park’s past, present and future

The City Parks Department was first among Water for Riley’s valued partners, helping every way it can. Parks officials acknowledge that Riley Park needs drinking water. The City of Calgary calls this an unfunded priority, meaning a drinking fountain’s need is recognized as a priority and there are no funds for it.

The Present

The red oval in the photo shows where a nozzle and bowl should protrude from the wall during the few months the wading pool is open. It’s accessible only from the wading pool area. No dogs are allowed near it, it isn’t close to the children’s playground, and it’s location isn’t accessible to the disabled. As the pool season started this year even this drinking bowl wasn’t available.

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The Past

According to officials in the City Parks Department, many years ago there was a concrete block drinking fountain southeast of the playground, like the one pictured below. The City removed that old fountain and, according to best memory, permanently sealed the water line to it.

photo: theparkcatalog.com
photo: theparkcatalog.com

The future of drinking water in beautiful Riley Park is up to you.

Help get one of these artistic drinking fountains installed in beautiful Riley Park. All donations greater than $10.00 get a tax receipt from Place2Give Foundation. Please donate; call 403 862 1923 for more information.donate button

Water for Riley thanks the City of Calgary for all its help with this project and for the site where the drinking fountain will be installed – once the funds are raised. And thanks to all donors on behalf of all Calgary, past, present and future.

Ron from Parks meets ACAD student designers in Riley Park

 

Water for Riley progress update

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?

  1. 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.

  1. 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 or comments please call 403 862 1923. All donations over $10.00 are eligible for a tax receipt through Place2Give Foundation. To contribute to the project, click the button: donate button

 

 

 

Water for Riley is getting out more

On July 10, standing in line to pay for Sunnyside Natural Market groceries was also a time to look over the three shortlisted drinking fountain designs.

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Jamey Lougheed, musician and store employee, at the information display table in Sunnyside Natural Market

The information display at Sunnyside Natural Market told the story of how Water for Riley came to be, what its aims are, and the principles that inspire us.

Here is that explanation:didactic of posterYou can be involved in the dream to plant a beautiful, functional, artistic drinking fountain in Riley Park. Call 403 862 1923 with questions and comments.

Please donate to achieving the dream.

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From 21 submissions, here’s the final three designs

The jury has spoken. Today, the final three were unveiled and what a party it was. Framed on Fifth had the best Neighbour Day party in Calgary, and Water for Riley was a featured presentation.

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Patricia and Hannah, small business owners, talented artists, and exemplary community members and hosts.

Jury chair, Sally Truss, announced the short list of designs and thanked our many donors and partners. donors & partners

All three finalists are students from Alberta College of Art and Design. ACAD’s videographer, Sean, recorded the event.

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Sean, ACAD videographer, and Gena, CEO of Place2Give Foundation, at the announcement.

One student finalist was able to clear her schedule to attend.

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Water for Riley committee members, Natalie and Deborah, ACAD student designer Kaylie, and Gena

And now, here they are: our final three…. Congratulations Kale, Francesca, and Michelle. Big congratulations also to Prof. Kerry Harmer, who coached and instructed the ACAD student designers.

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Swirly Slurper
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Riley Arch
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Reflecting Blooms

Congratulations to our three finalists. The jury will soon meet to select one of these designs to be built and installed in Riley Park. Stay tuned for announcement of the selected final design.

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For questions or comments, call 403 862 1923.

More good news; thanks to Sunnyside Natural Market

Sunnyside Natural Market is such a good community and corporate citizen. From Water for Riley’s inception the market’s co-owners, Patty and Pat, have been champions of the Riley Park drinking fountain project.

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Pat and Patty outside Sunnyside Natural Market, 10 St. and 3 Ave N.W. Calgary, south of Riley Park

As of today, the market has begun collecting donations for the Riley Park drinking fountain project!

When customers bring their own bag to shop, they can support Water for Riley. A donation box is available at the till for cash donations. The collection period will run until July 25th.

Please make a difference in the level of support for Water for Riley. Shop at Sunnyside Natural Market, bring your own shopping bag, and drop any change in the donation box.

Soon, a Water for Riley volunteer will do an in-store info session during the collection period. Stay tuned for the date so you can see the final three fountain designs while getting your organic groceries.
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Short list to be announced at Neighbour Day party

You are invited to the unveiling of the three finalists in the ACAD and SAIT student challenge to design an artistic public drinking fountain for historic Riley Park.

At 2 PM, at our partner’s Framed on Fifth on June 18, 2016.

Come, enjoy the festival of arts and artists.

See the final three student designs before
the jury makes its final selection.

press release for Neighbours Day

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Cricket players, park users, “dying of thirst” in heat

What happened in Riley Park today? These park visitors were happy to tell their story. They got a phone call from their cousins, cricket players in a full day match in the scorching heat.

“Bring cold drinks to the game in Riley Park,” their cousins pleaded. “We’re dying of thirst here.”

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No drinking water in Riley Park, so sweet drinks in disposable cups are substituted.

Vandalism in the Forest Lawn cricket pitch has added even more pressure to Riley Park as Forest Lawn’s scheduled games are moved to other parks.

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Cousins’ cricket players were grateful for emergency delivery of cold drinks. They need drinking water in the park.

Three weeks before summer and baking hot temperatures have drawn people out of doors. Sun lovers sprawled on blankets, dogs’ tongues hung to the ground, and the children’s playground was packed.

All of them need water and there’s none to be had on site.

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Cricket games attract crowds of fans, including children.

Excitement builds to 18 June, 2016, when the short list of three student drinking fountain designs is unveiled.

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Short listed designs unveiled June 18 @ 2 PM

You are invited to the announcement of the three finalists

At 2 PM, at our partner’s Framed on Fifth

The jury has spoken

Come, enjoy the festival of arts and artists

Be among the first to view the final three.

What happens next?

The short list of three is now in the hands of our experts, the international consulting firm IBI Group, for technical review.

Once we have the engineering report,
the jury will make its final selection.

Stay tuned for the date of announcing the finalistArt for the Artist in You

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The jury selected a short list

On May 11, 2016, a jury of five experts in the fields of arts, engineering and public spaces, deliberated together under the excellent guidance of Sally Truss, as chair, and Michelle, the representative of the City of Calgary Parks Dept.

Nulli Identity Solution Architects provided the boardroom meeting space, Sunnyside Natural Market donated soda and organic fruit and veggies, and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery baked wonderful pizza and cookies for the hard working jurors (who worked through lunch). Water for Riley is so grateful to all for the donations of time and space and goods and services.

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The result is that three student designs are short listed. IMG_3603The jury’s decision for the short list was based on criteria such as accessibility of design and overall esthetics. Because the designers were students, the experienced jury members made excellent comments on each of the short listed designs.

Those three designs will go for technical review. The professionals at IBI Group will report on how feasible, durable, functional, affordable, and conforming to best industry standards the designs are. That report will be available sometime this summer, depending on the complexity of the review.

The short list will be announced at a special free festival on 18 June, at 10:30 AM. Join us and 20 local artists on Neighbour Day at our sponsor Framed on Fifth. 1207 5th Ave NW, between 10 AM and 5 PM.Art for the Artist in You

 

 

After we have the IBI Group report to guide the jury in its final deliberation and decision, the jury will select the one design to be constructed. We won’t have a date for the final jury meeting until we receive the IBI Group report.

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