Ongoing Project Links
SW Ring Road updates and schedule Learn more…
Taza Development Information (TsuuT’ina Development) Taza Website
Oakridge Seniors Association – Check out what is happening
The Community Center is open for Child Care, Tennis and Pickleball with restrictions.
Resources for Covid-19 Information
Before and After School Care Registration 2020-2021
Our Oakridge Community Garden Program was approved by the OCA Board, Councillor Jeromy Farkas and the City of Calgary in March. The Oakridege Community Garden (OCG)will be located to the East/ North East of the Outdoor Hockey rink and a detailed layout is in the planning phase with our weekly CG committee held via ZOOM.
We now have over 20 volunteers and we are looking for more volunteers to build community, prepare the garden grounds and facilities and to grow amazing vegetables, flowers and shrubs – subject to our current Covid 19 requirements to remain physically separated but socially together.
Any interest, please register online for the program at OCA website: www.oakridgecommunity.ca, email us at : email@example.com or Bev Romeerman, our membership contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org, check out our page here
To celebrate the OCA’s 50th anniversary, we are also planning a plant swap / sale on Saturday 30 May from 9 am until noon – access and arrangement details will be dependent on Covid 19 emergency restrictions in place at the time. See Oakridge Website or the Oakridge Monitor for the latest details
City Planning and Civic Affairs
Activities impacting Oakridge
(Effective 31 March 2020)
Due to Covid 19, the City has postponed all further Public and Council review of the new ‘Guidelines for Great Communities’ with its focus on longer term community plans and increased density implications. As Oakridge Community Association, we officially supported this decision. We also continue to collaborate with other adjacent communities on a Multi-community Local Area Plan (LAR) and other items related to Civic Affairs and City Planning. District 32 refers to Oakridge, Palliser, Bayview, Pump Hill (PBPCA), Braeside, Cedarbrae, Woodbine & Woodlands (Woodcreek CA). The timing of Co-op redevelopment, the Bike Skills Park and the Quinterra Legacy Park are all being affected by the current Covid 19 emergency. This update was written on 31 March and by early May things will have changed, hopefully for the better.
Within Oakridge, we have made some minor progress with the City on snow and ice removal in local park areas but still need alignment on extra drainage and clarification on responsibility for clearing laneway entries/ exits and engineered pathways. This will impact 2020/2021 snow clearance and ice management. Enhanced pedestrian crosswalks is another topic that the OCA is involved with. Monitoring of the revised bus stops/ routes and rider usage is also under review, however our volunteer coordinating this has stepped down, so we are looking for someone to take this on & liaise with other representatives from District 32.
After discussions with the City, we have started to discuss a Strategic Plan for South Glenmore Park and adjacent Natural Areas to ensure there is no further piecemeal developments. We hope to have a brief update for the June Echo.
Stay sane & safe – physically apart – but socially together in these extraordinarily difficult times.
Residential Traffic Safety Unit
Residential Traffic Safety Unit Over the last three years the Calgary Police Service has developed a new unit to specifically address Residential Traffic Safety. This unit has been presenting to each Ward in the City to both provide and to solicit information on “problem areas” throughout the City to allow more specific and targeted visibility and enforcement. This unit is specifically interested in Residential TRAFFIC issues.
The strategy has been:
• Utilize citizen feedback to inform operational response
• Focus on playground zones, pedestrian rich locations and other high risk locations identified through collision data analysis
• Emphasize public awareness and education, and facilitate citizen engagement through Ward Traffic Safety Meetings and to work with City partners to further support traffic calming measures outside enforcement
IF YOU HAVE A TRAFFIC SAFETY CONCERN: One of the key tools to help Calgary Police Service monitor and track these issues is the Traffic Service Request (TSR). Go to www.calgarypolice.ca, scroll down and click on “Report a Traffic Concern”
For a more detailed steps see How to complete a Traffic Service Request
H!p – ASSISTING SENIORS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Seniors are valued members of our society. They are the carriers of history who have shared their knowledge and wisdom and who have helped to lay the foundations of modern society. They are often beloved members of our family—our grandmothers and grandfathers, our aunts and uncles, our parents, and other relatives. They are our former teachers and sports coaches. They are our neighbors and friends. They are retirees and veterans who dedicated themselves, through hard work and military service, to help ensure freedom, liberty, and a promising outlook for future generations.
The significance of supporting seniors in your community extends beyond an expression of kindness. The Celebrate Spring event, coordinated by h!p in collaboration with Bow Cliff Seniors, not only expresses heartfelt appreciation for our elderly citizens, but is an important form of outreach that engages seniors in an impactful way. Help h!p to Celebrate Spring by donating a treat, homemade craft, or handwritten card, which will be passed on to a senior as a personalized expression of gratitude and friendship. This simple gesture fosters important social ties and helps to build trust, connection, and participation in the senior population with their surrounding community. Building meaningful connections has been proven to stimulate happiness and health—essential elements for all of us to live a vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle.
There are many ways to reach out, assist, and show your appreciation and respect toward seniors, not only through designated agencies and coordinated activities, but through personal acts of support toward an elderly neighbor or friend. It can be as simple as volunteering to shovel snow from their driveway or offering a helping hand with challenging yard work. It can be walking their dog during the winter months or stopping by for a friendly visit and a cup of tea. You can also contribute to the elderly community while doing something that you love. For example, if you play the piano or violin, you can reach out to local nursing homes about opportunities to play at a residence for a special occasion or on a regular basis. By finding a way to assist seniors in your community, you may be able to make a valuable difference in a person’s life.
H!p encourages you to show support and appreciation of seniors by taking part in our Celebrate Spring event. Contact h!p to find out more on how you can get involved at email@example.com. H!p also wants to hear about how you engage with elders in your community and express gratitude, respect, and consideration toward these valued members of our society. Send us a piece of cherished life advice or a special anecdote you learned from an elder. And don’t forget to post your thoughts on the h!p Facebook page!
Written for h!p by Jackie Larkin