Update as Water for Riley enters phase 3

Water for Riley made tremendous progress in the past few months. Among other news:

The jury has selected one design

Phase 1, over the past year, garnered 21 drinking fountain designs. In phase 2, the jury shortlisted three designs that went for technical review. The jury met and decided unanimously on one design. Phase 2 concludes in mid-November, when the jury’s selection of the final design is announced. W4R thanks the anonymous five jurors for diligent volunteer service, and their superb Chair, Sally Truss.

It will be one of these three exciting student designs:


The Calgary Foundation has awarded W4R a Stepping Stone Grant

W4R is so grateful to receive a Stepping Stone grant for the celebration at which the winning design will be announced. A volunteer planning committee is organizing a gathering soon to be held on ACAD’s campus. Everyone will be invited, so stay tuned for the details of this public event. Thank you to The Calgary Foundation, wonderful volunteers and ACAD, among others.

The Parks Foundation Calgary is W4R’s new fiscal agent

Place2Give has been a creative, wise partner from the beginning of the project. As fiscal agent, Place2Give CEO, Gena Rotstein, gave W4R excellent advice. Place2Give’s advisory relationship with W4R will continue. Thank you to the Parks Foundation, which is now accepting donations on W4R’s behalf.

The Parks Foundation joins W4R’s other generous collaborating partners.


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Phase 3 will soon be underway

Phase 3 is to build this winning design. Phase 4 will be the installation and grand unveiling celebration of this beautiful, functional, artistic drinking fountain.

Phase 3 depends on successful fundraising to pay for the construction. If you are able to volunteer to help with one of the upcoming fundraising events, please call 403 862 1923. Let’s discuss which of these volunteer committees’ activities is right for you.

To donate, click in the button to go to the Parks Foundation site. Once at that site, please indicate your donation is for Water for Riley Park.

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Five ways to build a legacy

The Water for Riley (W4R) organizing committee is restructuring for W4R’s last stages of activity. Here are five exciting volunteer contributions you can make to this legacy project:job titles Volunteer Opportunities

Special Events Coordinator: short term organizing a function at ACAD, long term organizing celebrations leading to conclusion of project, coordinating with Fundraising Committee.

Duties for this position include:

  • Logistics and plan the event to announce the winner of the drinking fountain design challenge (October, 2016)
  • Logistics and plan the event unveiling the finished product (summer 2017 ideally)
  • Recruit volunteer support
  • Work with Project Manager to create guest list and set tone for the events
  • Write blog posts leading up to events and follow up posts detailing the experiences had/felt/enjoyed
  • Work with Project Manager, Fundraising volunteers, PR/Marketing volunteers to set budget and ensure continuity of the W4R brand
  1. PR/Marketing-Communications: short term planning how to get W4R better known in the community and City-wide, long term build the brand

Duties for this position include:

  • Craft marketing & communication strategy for the next phase of Water for Riley focusing on engaging businesses as sponsors –individual donors and community organizations to support the fundraising activities
  • Recruit and engage individuals to activate the PR/Marketing-Communications strategy
  • Update blog post as aligned with Marketing-Communications strategy and/or work with Project Manager to help with blog posts
  1. Social Media: short term coordination of various SM platforms for consistent branding, long term operation of those SM

Duties for this position include:

  • Assist the Marketing-Communications volunteer with developing the strategy (if skills are relevant)
  • Execute the SM strategy developed with the Marketing-Communications volunteer
  • Recruit others to help with social media
  • Seek and execute opportunities to post and tweet about W4R

Fundraising: short term goal to organize a committee, long term goal to bridge the gap between money already raised and cost of the drinking fountain

Duties for this position include:

  • Recruit and build an engaged, high functioning fundraising committee
  • Use the straw outline of the fundraising concepts to develop a comprehensive plan targeting three groups:
    • Community leagues, organizations, and informal groups that use Riley Park
    • Corporate:
      • Develop a corporate sponsorship pitch for names on plaque dedication on the fountain
      • Develop a corporate sponsorship package for the Kensington/Hillhurst/Sunnyside business community (lesser donation than a named sponsor)
    • Individuals, both users and non-users of Riley Park
      • Hyper-localized
      • Broader
      • City-wide
    • Implement the plan with financial goals to hit $70K
    • Work with Special Events volunteers, Marketing/Communications volunteers and Project Manager to ensure continuity of messaging and W4R brand
    • Write a blog post monthly sharing the updates on fundraising and other relevant information

Donors: W4R  is a citizen driven sub-committee of the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association. All donations of $10.00 and greater get tax receipts from Place2Give Foundation.

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You can be involved with the drinking fountain for Riley Park. Call 403 862 1923 to volunteer, with questions or for more information.


Another letter of support

Water for Riley is very proud to have letters of support from all three levels of government, municipal and provincial, and now federal. Our thanks to Len Webber, Member of Parliament for Calgary Confederation, where Riley Park is located. Mr. Webber’s office is just blocks north of Riley Park.

MP Len Webber ltr of support

You can be involved with the drinking fountain for Riley Park. Call 403 862 1923 with questions and to volunteer. All donations of $10.00 and greater get tax receipts from Place2Give Foundation.

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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.


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.

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.

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

Help build the public drinking fountain in Riley Parkdonate button. Click to donate.

Call 403 862 1923 for more information.