Design, details, developments, and decisions

Where the blooms will grow

On 20 Sept, 2018, Michelle Lazo, ACAD student designer, and Michelle Reid, City of Calgary Cultural Landscape Lead, met with Water for Riley in Riley Park. The mission: finalize where each bloom would be planted, and in what configuration.

Michelle and Michelle visualize what the petals will look like once the drinking fountain is installed where they stand.

Staking out the site

The fabricators and engineers are aware the foundation pad design must accommodate all types and heights of wheels so that the drinking fountains are fully accessible.

Together, we staked the spots where the five stems on their concrete pads would support the blooms.
Michelle L explained her vision for an organic rooting of the blooms in the soil.
One option is circular Reflecting Blooms

It’s so exciting to have progressed to these decision points.

Meanwhile, Trail looks like he just wants the decisions made already so he can get a drink in Riley Park. Come to think of it, after the years of effort, W4R agrees and looks forward to that time too.

Trail, ever the patient Westie, waits for his first drink at the fountain

Other developments

The W4R team emails and data exchanges have been rich and thick. The fantastic team collaborating to ensure all the pieces of the drinking fountain fit together and will hook up to the Riley Park water line includes:

TLJ Engineering Consultants Ltd., mechanical and electrical consulting engineers,

IBI Group, experts in design and engineering,

Heavy Industries, the fabricators who build and install art and architecture all over the world, and soon in Riley Park,

City of Calgary, especially staff from Legal, Water Management, and Parks Departments,

NWHP REIT, Government of AlbertaThe Calgary Foundation, and The Parks Foundation Calgary, who support the project and make the work of bringing water to Riley fun.

All the donors, sponsors and local supporters, to whom W4R is so very grateful.

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.

Riley Park drinking fountain: real & local

The drinking fountain is a local product

Calgary is known for its talents, resilience, and entrepreneurship. The funding, and the expertise that designed, guided, managed, created, planned, and is fabricating the drinking fountain are local.

That means the money is raised and spent in the community. When the installed drinking fountain is celebrated, Calgary, especially the Parks Department, can take a lot of credit.

The drinking fountain is a real product

Water for Riley has made progress after months of effort. The fabricators (Heavy Industries), mechanical engineers installing the plumbing (TLJ), civil engineers (IBI Group,Calgary office), the City of Calgary (Parks Department) and the student designer, have met to check plans, go over designs, solve issues, and review the Risk Assessments.

The teams are coordinating

The experts agreed on many of the details and tasks to be completed:

  • The risk assessment concluded that the depth of the petal relief held the potential for fountain users to get heads or limbs stuck. The artist agreed that the profile of the flower petals be smoothed out as a solution. Also, a brushed finish for the stainless-steel components will reduce the likelihood of reflections.
  • TLJ has presented a mechanical engineering proposal for Heavy Industries to review.
  • TLJ is putting together a preliminary mechanical design and hardware list of the internal components for the drinking fountain.
  • IBI will review the project with City Parks-Water Management Division to confirm the service location in Riley Park, and then IBI will prepare a site servicing plan.

Heavy Industries is working to revise and develop the design and pricing, and will soon provide Water for Riley with a solid plan, budget, and schedule for moving forward!

The funders made it possible

W4R has received community support in various amounts from individuals and donations in kind. As well, generous Calgary Foundation and Government of Alberta grants and a large donation from NWHP REIT, made it possible for W4R to pay for all that’s been achieved.

Tracy Hume and Terry Schmitt
Many thanks to Tracy Hume and Terry Schmidt, who championed the donation from their NWHP REIT Calgary office.

All funds are administered at Parks Foundation Calgary, which is W4R’s fiscal agent.

Heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful Water for Riley team of specialists and 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.

Calgary winter, 2017-style

The holiday season is here

This is the winter scene that greeted Trail on his morning walk in Riley Park. (Not that there is much winter this December, 2017, as seen in the green background of the +15C record warm temperature.)

Trail’s BFF Jake and he appreciate the holiday greeting from Anonymous Santa

To whoever took the time to make beautiful Riley Park
more festive with big bows this winter, thank you.

 

Season’s greetings and thank you from Water for Riley

Year’s end is a nostalgic time, and Water for Riley isn’t immune from the sentiment. 2017 marked some successes, some set-backs and lots of steps forward we’re proud to share. This year-end is a chance for huge thanks to all who made the drinking fountain in Riley Park manageable and close to reality.

Public art became a contentious issue in Calgary, with pushback from taxpayers and residents about the quality of art installations in public spaces. Water for Riley followed the debate with interest since the drinking fountain will be public art as well as a functional fountain. Water for Riley adhered to a different process than the Public Art Program. All 21 drinking fountain designs were displayed throughout the community in many venues, comments collected, and a professional jury of local residents specifically chosen for their expert credentials and their expertise in the neighbourhood. The transparent process resulted in a design that most residents accept.

Throughout the year’s many meetings, displays, marathon document writing sessions, and fundraising efforts, the organizing committee received and greatly appreciates the excellent guidance and advice from: IBI Group, Ron Buchan and Michelle Reid of City of Calgary Parks Department, The Calgary Foundation, The Parks Foundation of Calgary, Gena Rotstein of Place2Give Foundation, Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association, Framed on Fifth, Sunnyside Natural Market, Nulli Identity Management, and Heavy Industries, Sally Truss, Michelle Vincent, Kerry Harmer, ACAD’s Marion Garden, among others. They worked hard to ensure the volunteers managing this grassroots project stayed on track.

To all donors, supporters, partners and friends, very warm greetings for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018, from the volunteers of Water for Riley. See you in person, this summer, at the opening celebration of the drinking fountain in Riley Park.

If you donate to Water for Riley, you will receive a tax receipt from The Parks Foundation Calgary.

 

Nice drinking fountain design; will it work?

The Calgary Foundation Neighbours Grant

When Water for Riley (W4R) was just an idea without a name, two community members met with Julie Black, The Calgary Foundation’s fantastic Citizen Engagement Associate. From the start, Julie and The Calgary Foundation (TCF) provided financial support as well as excellent advice, encouragement, and other opportunities.

Julie Black and Deborah Sword, volunteer Project Manager of W4R.

Once again, we are excited and delighted to announce that TCF has awarded us a Neighbours Grant to fund the building of the drinking fountain’s prototype. W4R and the fundraising committee want to shout out our gratitude.

W4R is proud to partner with and accept support from The Calgary Foundation.

To find out how Reflecting Blooms works we’ll build it

Taking risks is how W4R achieved the success it’s had so far. Bring on the next challenge. With a winning design and a fundraising plan, we’ve retained a fabricator and mechanical engineer.

W4R relies on community volunteers. The next steps will rely on professionals. We are very pleased that the expert firms we’re working with have committed to contain costs, and to give us fixed, reasonable prices to move ahead in increments, as funds are available.

Next step is the design build

Design–build is a method to deliver a project.

“Design-build is intended to be a highly collaborative, fully integrated process that is built on trust, mutual respect, teamwork, innovation and creative problem solving. Design-build unleashes the power of team to deliver projects faster, better and for optimum cost – best value for the money, time and e ort invested. Owners find that when design-build is done right, their level of engagement with the entire team is more meaningful than is experienced with other delivery methods.” https://www.dbia.org

Be part of it;
a beautiful public drinking fountain,
for Riley Park, for you and as a legacy for the future.

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

We invite everyone to participate as a volunteer organizer, fundraiser, donor, sponsor, or any other role. Call 403 862 1923 and leave your contact information.

 

Water for Riley expands its network

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.

Amy Ross, Water Resources, and Michelle Vincent, W4R lead volunteer.

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.

Art team, Water Services

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.

Priscilla Ng and Michelle Vincent enjoy Riley Park while discussing tips about pitching Water for Riley.
Priscilla is coach extraordinaire.

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.

 

Water for Riley in a grant contest

Hot off the press news

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
$15.00

 

Your vote matters to W4R.
Please buy your ticket, come to the event,
and vote for Water for Riley

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-January, 2017, 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:

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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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donors & partners

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 donate buttonFoundation site. Once at that site, please indicate your donation is for Water for Riley Park.

 

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.

donors & partners

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 the Parks Foundation.donate button

Click here to donate and specify your donation is in support of the Water for Riley project.

Call 403 862 1923 or email with questions and to volunteer.

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.

Help build the public drinking fountain in Riley Parkdonate button. Click to donate through the Parks Foundation and specify your support is for the Water for Riley project.

Call 403 862 1923 or email to volunteer or for more information.

Cumulative impacts of Water for Riley

Two good questions
1. Why didn’t the City of Calgary install a drinking fountain in Riley Park instead of this lengthy, volunteer-driven, Water for Riley process?

2. What makes Water for Riley’s drinking fountain costly?

Both questions came up as the 21 amazing designs shine in the exhibit at Blank Page Studio during the This Is My City Festival from April 7 to 24, 2016.

The answer to both excellent questions is similar: Water for Riley wants more than obtaining a squat concrete public drinking fountain. The jargon for our vision is cumulative impacts. A beautiful, artistic fountain was the mechanism for attaining those cumulative impacts.

Now for the long answers.

  1. Why not a plain, simple drinking fountain?
    A drinking fountain in Riley Park is an unfunded priority. More jargon meaning there’s no money and won’t be money in the City of Calgary budget although Riley Park’s need for drinking water is known. If there were money for it, the drinking fountain would have one nozzle without regard to users’ disabilities, height differences, artistic merit to attract visitors, canine needs, or the other criteria the college students considered in their thoughtful designs. And no cumulative impacts:

    photo: www.theparkcatalog.com
    photo with permission: www.theparkcatalog.com

    We will have fixed costs no matter which design is selected to build: Buy the structure for $$, transport it to Riley Park for $$$, dig a trench for $$$, pour a foundation for $, install hook up to waterline for $$, cover trench for $$, and turn on the water for $. The City’s estimate for installing any fountain is $20,000.00

If we have to fundraise for a plain, simple fountain, we saw an opportunity to acquire a beautiful, student designed, drinking fountain and forge new and strengthen existing networks of relationships, establish connections among neighbouring institutions, and build community.

In the past 100+ years, Riley Park’s neighbours didn’t collaborate if they had an idea to share, a problem to solve, or an interest in common. Water for Riley wants Riley Park’s neighbours to get acquainted and build social capital together. Social capital creates trust, and trusting neighbourhoods have less crime, higher energy, more caring, and better economies.

We’ve already achieved some cumulative impacts
These are quotes from our conversations with Water for Riley’s partners:

School Administrator: “We’ve always wanted to work with the colleges and never had a reason to call them.”

ACAD Administrator: “I’ve been looking for an excuse to call my counterpart at SAIT.”

Faculty member at ACAD: “My students are so excited about this opportunity to work on a real project in the community.”

Faculty member at SAIT: “The students had a bidding war for the chance to work on Water for Riley instead of the other projects we offered them.”

ACAD Student: “None of my other classmates had a chance to work with a real client and solve a real world design problem like we’ve had with Water for Riley.”

SAIT Student: “Water for Riley is a valuable part of my learning about how to apply design to the world around me.”

This Is My City Art Society partner: “Water for Riley is a true community based, volunteer driven project. It’s exciting to be a part of it.”

Students at both Colleges admitted that, until Water for Riley, they’d never wandered down the hill to see the natural jewel of an urban park at ACAD and SAIT’s feet.

The last word on cumulative impacts goes to Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association: “As the nearest neighbour to Riley Park, the HSCA is inundated with park visitors asking to use our building’s facilities. Water for Riley provides needed water, and enhances HSCA’s mandate of increased volunteerism and community engagement. HSCA had no relationship at all with ACAD or SAIT prior to this initiative. When neighbours identify projects that better our community, the whole community, present and future, becomes more resilient, adaptive and resourceful. The lessons learned through this project are transferable and trans-generational. Projects such as this demand the attention of funders, to collectively encourage and promote grassroots innovation that strengthens neighborhoods to overcome complex challenges in the future. Our employees come and go, but stories of residents turning ideas into action live on for decades. This initiative will be inspirational to many, and will serve as a roadmap for what can be accomplished through multi-partner collaborations in a community.”

2. Budget: What does Water for Riley’s fountain cost?

How much do shoes cost? It depends on design, materials, labour, etc. After our jury selects a design we’ll know. Our best guesstimate to build an artistic fountain is somewhere between $40,000.00 and $60,000.00, about double the cost of a plain fountain, not including installation costs.

We anticipate incidental costs of $7,000.00 for the design selection process, $5,000 of which is for technical expertise to review the short list of designs for feasibility, durability and affordability.

So far, we’ve had no (zero, nada) administration costs or incidentals. Everything has been donated; meeting and display spaces, lunches, photocopies, and time volunteered. Framed on Fifth donated the posters for all the exhibits. The wonderful Diana designed our fabulous logo, named Water for Riley, and constructed this website. Here is our still-expanding list of incredible partners.partners logos as of 2016-04-06We’re very grateful for all, and hope this answers some questions. All questions, comments and offers to help are welcome. Email or call 403 862 1923.

To donate to the fountain project through the Parks Foundation click the button and specify your donation is for Water for Riley.donate button

 

 

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