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Imagine SUNALTA Project

 Sunalta Community Association–Imagine Sunalta Project

Sunalta Community Association–Imagine Sunalta Project

Sunalta is a neighbourhood where 1 in 4 residents live on a low income and 34% of residents live alone – over three times the city average. The Community Association is very active and the programs they offer to engage residents are often beyond capacity. The neighbourhood needs space that is economically self-sustaining, while providing opportunities for programming, training and social enterprise.

Sunalta is currently fundraising for the construction of a new building beside and connected to the existing hall. This space will include a community kitchen, coffee kiosk, community spaces and offices. This resident-led initiative that will work to remove social isolation, improve food security and create a community living room, where all are welcome to come together to find support, experience culture, share in conversation, and enjoy being neighbourly. They will create a hub that is inclusive and economically self-sustaining with a focus on creating opportunities for employment, training and community service delivery. We’re not just building a building, they’re creating a community.

More information can be found at www.Sunalta.net/imagine

Call of the Wetland

Have you heard frogs calling in your community?

Call of the Wetland is a citizen science program looking for volunteers to help monitor amphibian species. The information collected will help to better understand the health of Calgary’s wetlands.

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Wetlands play a vital role in the water cycle, providing important ecological services such as water filtration, flood and drought mitigation, sequestration of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, climate regulation and recreation. However, 90% of pre-settlement wetlands have been lost to development, climate change and pollution in the City of Calgary. Further, wetlands provide a home to a biodiverse set of animals, many of which are disappearing in urban centers.

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As amphibians are an important indicator of wetland health, Call of the Wetland engages Calgarians to report amphibian sightings and calls via the Call of the Wetland app. The 2018 survey season launched on April 15th, and will continue through the end of August. To participate:

1.       Attend an optional orientation. Upcoming orientations are posted to our Facebook page.

2.       Sign up for planned surveys on the Call of the Wetland app (download on Apple or Google Play). Find a selected wetland near you and choose a date range in which to complete your survey.

3.       Log incidental observations at any wetland you have access to within city limits.

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The data from the project will be shared with municipal and provincial regulators to assist with them in making conservation decisions about wetlands that are important to amphibians and Calgarians.

This program has been sponsored by Enbridge as their amenity for the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway, a 138 km pathway that circles the City of Calgary.  To learn more, please see www.callofthewetland.ca  or email nicole@rockies.ca.

Bringing people and communities together

PARKS FOUNDATION CALGARY CELEBRATES THE OFFICIAL GROUND BREAKING OF
MANMEET SINGH BHULLAR PARK

On Sunday, May 6th, the first of three hundred trees was planted at the site of Manmeet Singh Bhullar Park. Members of the Bhullar family gathered to mark the occasion, signifying the official start of construction at the five acre park to be located in the NE community of Taradale.

“We are excited that the construction of the park is underway, says Sheila Taylor, CEO of Parks Foundation Calgary. “This new park will provide a beautiful and valued gathering space, and will be a vital connection to local city pathways.” 

The park is being built in memory of inspiring Calgarian Manmeet Singh Bhullar, and construction will take place over the course of the summer with a planned completion date of September 2018. Once completed Manmeet Singh Bhullar Park will include colourful groves of trees that will form the Giving Forest, and five giant steel archways that will merge into one gathering plaza. Visitors will be able to enjoy the beauty of the park while seated at one of the twenty-seat harvest tables.  

“Once completed, this park, with its majestic trees, beautiful vibrant colours and multi-purpose gathering spaces, will embody Manmeet’s spirit and strength,” says Namrita Rattan, wife of the late Manmeet Singh Bhullar.

The project has been supported by Calgary Foundation, the Province of Alberta and City of Calgary, and fundraising is ongoing. Parks Foundation Calgary invites sponsorship of one of the five varieties of trees available at the Giving Forest. The different trees will be interspersed throughout the area, symbolizing the diversity, uniqueness and inclusivity that characterizes Calgary. Sponsors’ names will be permanently displayed on plaza signage.  

About Manmeet Singh Bhullar
Calgary-born Bhullar was the first turbaned Sikh to hold a cabinet position in the provincial government when he was appointed Service Alberta Minister in 2011. A great supporter of park development, Bhullar was widely admired for his tireless work for communities and vulnerable individuals.