The Chair of the HSCA Board of Directors, the Executive Director, the Chair of the Community Planning Committee, Councillor Druh Farrell, and the real bosses – residents and members of the community – expressed their approval of the winning design, congratulated student designer, Michelle Lazo, and encouraged the W4R organizing committee to keep going.
Water for Riley, as a project, fits in the goals and mission of the HSCA and community residents. The drinking fountain aims to achieve the shared community goals of sustainability and accessibility.
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This is My City Festival going strong until April 27, 2017
Water for Riley (W4R) enjoys a long relationship with This is My City Art Society (TMC). Sally Truss, Executive Director of TMC, was at the first meeting that discussed W4R as a possibility. Sally organized and chaired the jury of experts who selected the winning drinking fountain design. Last year, before the jury made its decision, Sally arranged for the design display to be hung at Blank Page Studio.
All student designs again on display
Now, Sally has again included W4R in the 2017 TMC festival.
The 21 ACAD and SAIT student drinking fountain designs will be at the Louise Riley Branch, Calgary Public Library, for the duration of the TMC festival.
Please come to the festival and admire the students’ creativity.
W4R owes a lot to Sally, and thanks her sincerely as she departs from her TMC role to pursue her other and numerous projects.
Bureaucracy can be confusing. Necessary and confusing.
The complexity of Water for Riley (W4R) is that it involves multiple municipal departments, such as Public Art, Heritage, Parks, Water Services, and Roads, and our elected City Councillor. W4R has been blessed with the quality of civic employees who have joined the W4R network. The W4R team includes competent and helpful City of Calgary staff.
Today, April 6, W4R volunteers met with another department. Not only did it enlarge W4R’s network of helpful City employees, the volunteers got a tour of the amazing Gold LEED building that sets a high standard of environmental sustainability in Calgary.
While on the tour, the art team gave an answer to the question: is the drinking fountain for Riley Park an art project or a functional project? “It sits in different worlds at the same time,” said Tristan Surtees. That answer sounds right.
Later, the W4R volunteers changed roles to meet with the Calgary Foundation coach for Pitch Night. Priscilla Ng, Advisor, Donations, Royal Bank of Canada, gave so many great tips for how to pitch W4R to the voting audience on April 19. Between now and the pitch, W4R will be in overdrive in preparation and getting votes.
Call 403 862 1923 to get involved as another W4R volunteer. Click the link to donate to The Parks Foundation Calgary, and designate your gift to The Water for Riley Project. Tax receipts are issued.
On 19 April, 2017, Water for Riley (W4R) will compete for a $10,000.00 Calgary Foundation, Soul of the City Neighbour Grant. As soon as the audience votes, the five winners will be announced.
Please buy a ticket to attend,
stay for the vote and support Water for Riley
Now, here are the details
W4R is honoured to be one of ten contestants in the Soul of the City pitch event. Grants will be awarded to the five groups with the most votes. W4R would so appreciate your support.
Thanks also to the CF, which has been a valued and appreciated W4R partner and supporter from the start. CF will supply food for attendees.
Please come and vote for Water for Riley.
Date: 19 April, 2017 Time: from 4:30 to 7:45 PM. Location: John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library, downtown branch,
616 Macleod Trail S.E.
Calgary, AB T2G 2M2
Please buy your ticket for the event, support Water for Riley with your vote
W4R’s volunteer fundraising committee is hard at work, doing its homework, collecting stories and preparing its prize winning presentation.
The Calgary Foundation describes this event:
Join us for the Soul of the City Neighbour Grants pitch night.
Hosted by crowd-favourite emcee Andrew Phung, 10 Neighbour Grant finalist groups will pitch their big ideas to the audience and a panel of “friendly dragons”. The audience will then vote and select the top 5 community groups to each receive a $10,000 Soul of the City Neighbour Grant, provided by Calgary Foundation and RBC Foundation.
This is our fourth annual Soul of the City Neighbour Grants pitch night and the event is always joyful and inspiring. Please join in. Your vote matters.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
4:30 p.m – 7:45 p.m.
John Dutton Theatre – Central Library
Your vote matters to W4R. Please buy your ticket, come to the event, and vote for Water for Riley
Water for Riley couldn’t resist posting pictures of the swamp that is Riley Park in Calgary’s lovely springtime. This is not the water source that Water for Riley had in mind for drinking.
However, it’s great for kids in gumboots taking a very long time getting to Hillhurst School through the puddles, and for ducks, who were seen swimming on the cricket pitch. It’s also adding a layer of silt to the undersides of dogs.
Families are just so happy to see spring, they’re happily sloshing through the muck to the playground.
Help bring actual drinking water to Riley Park. Donate through the Parks Foundation, and designate your contribution to Water for Riley project.
Call 403 862 1923 to volunteer with the other fun people who are making it possible to plant Reflective Blooms in our lovely Riley Park.
Here’s an excerpt of the article, which should be read in full. Thank you, Globe and Mail and Corey Mintz.
“Stuck on the bottle”
by COREY MINTZ SPECIAL TO THE GLOBE AND MAIL LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, MAR. 21, 2017 10:26AM EDT
“… people actually paid for water taken from public sources and put into disposable bottles.
… That’s nuts.
Most Canadians have access to free-flowing tap water that’s clean, fresh and safe. So why, wonders Corey Mintz, does the bottled water industry make $2.5-billion in annual sales?
Most Canadians have perfectly good water pouring out of our taps, and drinking it doesn’t require the wasteful practice of shipping plastic bottles around the country or world. …
March 22 is World Water Day, so it seemed like a good time to consider why we spend billions every year on a product that is virtually free for most. … Here’s a short list of reasons why people in Canada are – or aren’t – drinking bottled water right now.
Because: It’s a fashion statement
Because: It’s forbidden
In 2009, Bundanoon, Australia, became the first municipality in the world to ban the sale of single-use bottled water, followed by Concord, Mass., in 2013 (the ban is still in effect in both towns). Around the world, dozens of campuses have eliminated bottled water for sale. …
Because: Public access is limited
My neighbourhood park has a water fountain, but it doesn’t work. For Mike Nagy of Wellington Water Watchers, that broken fountain is indicative of a larger problem: that fewer and fewer public facilities provide free water, and fewer and fewer people expect it.
Because: They fear tap water
Some people drink bottled water for aspirational reasons, but others believe it’s safer than tap. Well, Health Canada is in charge of such things and states that the quality standards of tap and bottled water are “similar.”
No government body is in charge of testing bottled water, which is classified as food and subject to the Food and Drugs Act.
Because: It’s a necessity
For Indigenous people in Canada, drinkable tap water is too often unavailable: There are 618 First Nations in the country and on any given day, 150 of them are under a Boil Water Advisory. …
… The truth is, to drink the bottled stuff when one has access to clean tap water is simply indefensible – financially unsound, environmentally wasteful and just plain wrong.”
You can be part of the solution. Help plant this beautiful and functional drinking fountain in Riley Park. Water for Riley celebrates public access to drinking water, supports public art, promotes outdoor activity, and helps create a sustainable local environment.
Not often are meetings described as “great” but Water for Riley volunteers agreed. That was a great meeting on March 9, 2017.
The coordination team gathered to discuss how to build and install the drinking fountain, Reflecting Blooms.
Setting the tone, Michelle Reid summarized Riley Park’s importance as Calgary’s best example of an historic cultural landscape.
In other words, Riley Park is very distinctly of its time, 1910 and 1920s. Riley Park would look quite different if it were a modern park. Thus, the City does not want Riley Park to look like an ordinary park. Riley Park must be distinguishable yet compatible with and subordinate to the landscape of rolling hills that mark Calgary’s natural features.
Wow, that’s a demanding framework Water for Riley must respect. Fortunately, the jury’s choice of winning design does that. As Michelle Reid concluded, ““It’s amazing that the students were so successful in designing their drinking fountains, considering how complicated intervening in historic landscapes can be.” Michelle’s comments made Water for Riley very proud of the ACAD and SAIT student designers.
With that context, the experts from IBI Group and Heavy Industries coordinated the work to be done. There’s an early phased plan to obtain approvals, create preliminary drawings, and prepare design templates. The processes to fund raise, build, and install the drinking fountain are tentatively mapped and the first round of tasks assigned.
Michelle Lazo, the winning designer, will have the opportunity to work with these wonderful experts as part of her award. Together, they will turn her designer’s concept into a reality.
To be part of this exciting project, call 403 862 1923. Help build the drinking fountain so that the future looks like history in this unique, historic, natural jewel.
Click the link and let the Parks Foundation know you want your donation to go to Water for Riley.
Water for Riley is honoured to again be part of TMC city-wide festival from April 3 to 28, 2017. Sally Truss, a founding member of Water for Riley’s organizing committee, is curating all 21 amazing ACAD and SAIT student drinking fountain designs.
The exhibit will be installed at – appropriately – the Louise Riley Branch of the Calgary Public Library. Water for Riley is proud to continue Calgary’s longstanding connection to the Riley Family.
In 1910, Ezra Riley donated the land that became Riley Park. His daughter, Margaret Louise, was a children’s librarian and author. The Louise Riley Library is named for her.
The Louise Riley Branch is easily accessible from the Lions Park C-Train station and many Calgary Transit buses.
More importantly, Patti inspired us to continue the intensive community engagement approach, because W4R exemplifies her definition: “Community engagement is a way of being not something you do.”
To get involved with W4R, call 403 862 1923. To help make the drinking fountain a reality, donate through the Parks Foundation Calgary, and let it know that your donation is for the Water for Riley project.