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Countdown in days and hours, instead of years and months

There is a drinking fountain in Riley Park. Once we are done with COVID-19, there will be water in the drinking fountain.

Until then, enjoy the Reflecting Blooms as ornaments.

Be part of Calgary’s public art legacy;
for Riley Park, for you, and for the future.

Donate to make this vision become reality. At the instructions to seller page, specify that your support is for The Water for Riley Project. The Parks Foundation issues tax receipts for donations greater than $10.00.

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/

Installation progress report

IT’S HAPPENING!!

Pardon the shouting but after all this time and combined effort of so many volunteers and donors …

You can probably understand that reaction.

A fence, a digger and a pile of dirt
Fittings according to Screw Pile, the subcontractor that did the alignment
Heavy Industries and Landform worked to smooth out the dirt and install pipes

While that was going on, between 20 and 29 April, 2020, The City of Calgary installed the water valves and lines to the pipes. The water flowed just to prove it was there, and then The City staff shut it off to await the plumbers, likely tomorrow or Monday (1 or 4 May, 2020). Water for Riley was there to capture the moment.

Every thing is ready for Heavy Industries to install the drinking fountain TOMORROW. (shouting again, can’t help it).

Be part of Calgary’s public art legacy;
for Riley Park, for you, and for the future.

Donate to make this vision become reality. At the instructions to seller page, specify that your support is for The Water for Riley Project. The Parks Foundation issues tax receipts for donations greater than $10.00.

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/

Installation begins at last

It’s been a long time coming

How long? Here’s a copy of the original email asking if a community, volunteer effort for a drinking fountain in Riley Park was a good idea. See that date?

And that’s what we did

This week, Riley Park visitors will see construction start on a student designed drinking fountain that is local from start to finish. In all the years we spent to get here, we never strayed from the vision.

Peter Staples, Project Manager for Landform, at 11:30 AM, 20 April, 2020,
outlined the drinking fountain’s footprint with a can of spray paint.
By 3:30 PM, the construction site was fenced.
After eight years, the project is moving forward.
Finally.
The footprint is amoeba shaped.
Trail has inspected and approved.

Be part of Calgary’s public art legacy;
for Riley Park, for you, and for the future.

Donate to make this vision become reality. At the instructions to seller page, specify that your support is for The Water for Riley Project. The Parks Foundation issues tax receipts for donations greater than $10.00.

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/

Drinking fountain proceeding

The installation team is ready to start

The celebration of the project is postponed. The project isn’t.

Whew.

Continual snowfall, even into mid-April, and warm sun created pools of snowmelt near the children’s playground. Despite Riley Park looking like a swamp, Landform will begin preparing the site next week.

Taking care of you

Landform must comply with COVID 19 protocols. The construction will be easy to walk around and watch from a safe physical distance.

In our team meeting today, The City of Calgary Water Services staff confirmed that parks drinking fountains won’t be turned on until Public Health officials declare the COVID 19 crisis ended.

Functional to follow in the future

Ever since this project began as a grassroots, volunteer driven effort, we’ve described it as an artistic functional drinking fountain. Until it’s safe to touch shared facilities again, the drinking fountain will be only artistic.

We look forward to a morale boosting celebration when we can again gather in beautiful Riley Park.

Until then, Water for Riley wishes everyone good health.

Be part of Calgary’s public art legacy;
for Riley Park, for you, and for the future.

Donate to make this vision become reality. At the instructions to seller page, specify that your support is for The Water for Riley Project. The Parks Foundation issues tax receipts for donations greater than $10.00.

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/

Postponed

The volunteers were disappointed but not surprised to learn that Water for Riley’s grand opening celebration will not proceed on 13 June, 2020.

We wish everyone good health, clean hands, sanitized surroundings, and contacts with friends and family from a physical distance.

Until we can meet again in gatherings, please be safe and well.

And now, the sequel to the 4 April, 2020, post, from 25 April, 2020, Calgary Herald. No longer is the possible party date the end of June. When, at last, we can gather in Riley Park, we will be so very ready to celebrate, not just the drinking fountain.

Be part of Calgary’s public art legacy;
for Riley Park, for you, and for the future.

Donate to make this vision become reality. At the instructions to seller page, specify that your support is for The Water for Riley Project. The Parks Foundation issues tax receipts for donations greater than $10.00.

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/

Crucial progress made

Another milestone met

Yesterday, March 5, 2020, The City of Calgary, Landform and Water for Riley signed the contract that grants permission for the drinking fountain to be installed.

We were all so relieved. The contract has been months in negotiation to get the language right. Everyone worried the construction season would arrive before the paperwork was ready. Thanks to Parks Department staff for making sure the documents arrived and to Chris at Landform who made a special trip to our community to sign it in person. Symbolically, we sat together and signed the contract on a picnic table in Riley Park.

In case you wondered, not that anyone ever did, here’s the legal description of the land upon which the drinking fountain will be installed.


Be part of Calgary’s public art legacy;

for Riley Park, for you, and for the future.

Donate to make this vision become reality. At the instructions to seller page, specify that your support is for The Water for Riley Project. The Parks Foundation issues tax receipts for donations greater than $10.00.

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/

Drinking fountain celebration: 4 big updates

1. Some activities now booked for 13 June, 2020.

After a short official opening just before noon on Saturday, 13 June, we plan an afternoon of live music, cricket demonstrations, tour of the historic cricket league clubhouse, the story of the land and Riley Park with Harry the Historian, cake, and more excitement that is still to be confirmed.

The historic cricket league clubhouse, 1908

2. Gio spreading the word about the event.

We are fortunate to have a new volunteer on the planning committee. Giovanni (Gio) is a Mount Royal U marketing student, who works in Kensington and loves Riley Park. Gio will take the lead on social media, publicity and marketing for the drinking fountain grand opening. We are so grateful to him for stepping forward to help, and delighted to work with him. Please help him spread the word about the celebration on 13 June, in Riley Park.

Gio is the marketing lead for the grand opening celebration

3. A grant for talent and expenses of the event.

The contribution The City has already made to our successful completion of this project can’t be overstated. From the start, the staff at Parks, Water Services, Arts Development and councillor’s offices have been helpful, encouraging and supportive.

Now, The City is giving financial support as well. We are very grateful to The City of Calgary for a Ward Community Event Fund (WCEF) grant for the event.

“The Ward Community Event Fund (WCEF) assists community associations or community-based groups hosting events or undertaking initiatives to enhance their community.”

4. Volunteer event planner needed.

If you are able to volunteer to lead a wonderful group of local residents planning this event, or know someone with time and skills, please get in touch.


Be part of Calgary’s public art legacy;

for Riley Park, for you, and for the future.

Donate to make this vision become reality. At the instructions to seller page, specify that your support is for The Water for Riley Project. The Parks Foundation issues tax receipts for donations greater than $10.00.

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/

Drinking fountain celebration update

The drinking fountain is built, factory tested and in crates until the ground thaws in Riley Park. The City of Calgary Parks Department approved installation for Spring, 2020. The last task for the volunteer committee is to plan the grand opening celebration.

The event planning committee drafted a budget for the event. Coincidentally, Mirza Amiri, Kensington Branch Manager of TD Canada Trust, approached the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association for opportunities to partner on local projects. It was a perfect match.

On January 27, 2020, Water for Riley volunteers met Mirza at the local TD Bank branch, and shared plans for Water for Riley’s grand opening, scheduled for June 13, 2020, in Riley Park. Mirza wanted TD to be involved and even offered to set up a fun colouring wall for kids and families, with TD staff volunteering on the day .

The TD Monster Mural travels to outdoor spaces

As always, Water for Riley anticipates zero administration expenses thanks to the volunteers and local businesses that donate supplies for the grand opening. We are grateful to our newest donor and good neighbours, Mirza and the staff at the local TD Kensington N.W. Branch. We updated our acknowledgement page to add the TD green shield.

Water for Riley is pleased to add the TD Bank shield to our list of proud donors

Be part of Calgary’s public art legacy;
for Riley Park, for you, and for the future.

Donate to make this vision become reality. At the instructions to seller page, specify that your support is for The Water for Riley Project. The Parks Foundation issues tax receipts for donations greater than $10.00.

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/

Water for Riley 2.0

Since 2015, Water for Riley has proudly used the unique name, logo, and brand that our generous elf Diana Thompson gifted to us.

The drinking fountain is built, and its new water line awaits. Installation is scheduled for this spring as soon as the ground of Riley Park thaws and the site prepared. We decided the logo should reflect the progress to this last, final and concluding stage -can you tell we are excited about the project ending?

The logo 2.0

To acknowledge these accomplishments, we asked the drinking fountain’s designer, AUArts student Michelle Lazo, to refresh the logo. We wanted to incorporate her design. We hope you like the new logo as much as we do.

Save the date please

bands, history of Riley Park, cricket demonstrations and water features

Planning the party

January 20, 2020, the team met in the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association. Six months from now, we will have a terrific celebration of this entirely local, volunteer driven, community based drinking fountain.

Come for the music, bring a picnic, enjoy Riley Park and admire the drinking fountain.

Rachelle (NWHP REIT) Rachel and Lorna (community volunteers) and Stephanie (HSCA) are the steering committee for the event planning.

Area of greatest need

There is much to do in planning the celebration. The area that most needs willing volunteers is social media and publicity. If you have time and an interest in marketing/social media/publicity/promotion etc, please call 403 862 1923.

Be part of Calgary’s public art legacy;
for Riley Park, for you, and for the future.

Donate to make this vision become reality. At the instructions to seller page, specify that your support is for The Water for Riley Project. The Parks Foundation issues tax receipts for donations greater than $10.00.

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/

Planning the celebration

Something to celebrate

The drinking fountain’s delayed installation, disappointing though that is, also presents an opportunity. We have time now to put on a great celebration of our success.

Lisa Chong, Stephanie Corbett, Joanne Pawelek, and Tracy Hume met for the first time 21 October, 2019, at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association.
Rachelle Donaldson, Maddie Selby, Michelle Reid, Stephanie Corbett and Lisa Chong met 27 November, 2019, at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association and created an action plan to work on for 2020.

We brainstormed how to thank the many donors, community volunteers, major sponsors, donations in kind, partners, contributors, stakeholders and many others. We created a list of ideas for acknowledging this unique community effort.

Help plan the party

Do you want to help put on this fun event? We offer lots of scope for creativity, a chance to meet and work with wonderful people, and be recognized as a friend of the fountain.

If you are interested in an exciting volunteer opportunity, you can contribute to this legacy project. Join our team and work on some of the following tasks, as the plan evolves:

  • Work out logistics for the event and implement the plan
  • Work with the committee, within the budget for the event 
  • On SM platforms, post before the event and after it of the experiences
  • Engage with three main groups and other stakeholders:
    1. Community leagues, organizations, and informal groups that use Riley Park
    2. Corporate, local and regional
    3. Individuals
      1. Local
      2. Regional
      3. City-wide

Riley Park is so special

In other posts, we shared photos of this bench that a secret admirer decorates with seasonal ornaments. The Thanksgiving, autumnal wreath warmed our hearts. The drinking fountain belongs in this natural green treasure, which community members quietly nurture, as it nurtures them.