Start of the coordination team

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.

Elvin Karpovich (IBI) Gregory Courage (Heavy Industries) Garrett Newman (IBI) Michelle Reid (City of Calgary) Michelle Vincent, (Water for Riley volunteer)

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.

 

Louise Riley ‘hosts’ Water for Riley

Exciting news from Water for Riley’s partner
This Is My City Art Society (TMC)

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.

Sally Truss, Executive Director, This Is My City Art Society

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.

Here is the link to the TMC Festival 2017. Check it out.

 

To become involved with Water for Riley call 403 862 1923.

To donate to making the drinking fountain a reality, click on the button and let the Parks Foundation know that your donation is for the Water for Riley project. 

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 the Parks Foundation.

Click here to donate through the Parks Foundation and specify that your support is for the Water for Riley project. donate button

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 or email with questions and to volunteer. All donations of $10.00 and greater get tax receipts from Parks Foundation.donate button

Click here to donate through the Parks Foundation and specify your support is for the Water for Riley project.

 

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 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.

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 its location isn’t easily reached for 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 the donate buttonParks Foundation. Please donate and specify your support is for the Water for Riley project. Call 403 862 1923 or email for more information or to volunteer.

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. to volunteer, or give comments please call 403 862 1923 or email. All donations over $10.00 are eligible for a tax receipt throughdonate button the Parks Foundation. To contribute to the project, click the button and specify you support the Water for Riley project:

 

 

 

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 or email to volunteer, or with questions and comments.

Please donate to achieving the dream. Click the

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button to donate through the Parks Foundation, and specify you support the Water for Riley project.

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.
Sunnyside Natural Market
403 270 7477
403 270 8613 (fax)
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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.

For the first time: all 21 fountain designs exhibited

this is my city logoANNOUNCING THIS IS MY CITY FESTIVAL 2016 kick off Thursday, April 7, continuing to April 24

Water for Riley is so proud to be a PARTNER PROJECT  @  THIS IS MY CITY FESTIVAL

Water for Riley Design Exhibit

A true community project, inspired by the need for access to drinking water for all Riley Park visitors, this exhibit showcases 21 innovative and playful designs from students of ACAD and SAIT for a much-needed, new public water fountain for Riley Park.

In May, these designs will be vetted – first by a community-based jury, then IBI Group and the City of Calgary – before one design is chosen for further development and construction near the children’s playground in Riley Park.

See all the 21 designs together for the first time!

Share your comments, impressions and your own stories of Calgary’s wonderful Riley Park.

@ Blank Page Studio April 7 – 24

Collaborators: Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Association, area businesses, local individuals, students and staff of Hillhurst School, faculty and students of ACAD and SAIT, This Is My City, and The Calgary Foundation.

And you: help make the fountain a reality for Riley Park, call 403 862 1923 or email  to participate, and click here to donate through the Parks Foundation. Specify your donation is for Water for Riley.

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