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.

 

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.

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.
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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.