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Old 14-03-2012, 03:29 PM   #1
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Default EFCL Plans for 100th Anniversary

Dear Community League President,
March 14, 2012

I want to give you a quick update on the federation’s 100th Anniversary Project, which will be brought to our membership for a vote at our Annual General Meeting on April 30 (please see the specifics on page two of this letter).

We are quite excited about this project, as we feel it will be an excellent way to recognize the contribution of community leagues and individual league volunteers for the work they have done for many, many years.

As you may have heard, the plan is to upgrade a portion of Hawrelak Park, in the city’s river valley. Given the magnitude of this undertaking, we intend to do it in phases.

Phase One is to construct what we are calling the Community League Plaza. About 5,200 sq. ft. in size, the plaza will be a gathering place for park visitors near the footbridge at the southeast corner of the park’s main lake. The plaza will feature a number of information pedestals where we can describe the key contributions leagues have made to Edmonton, including the development of minor sport (soccer, hockey, baseball, ringette), hundreds of recreational facilities and countless community programs.

It is also our intention to engrave the names and year of incorporation of every community league into the base of plaza, perhaps in a shape representing the City of Edmonton so visitors can see where each league is located and visualize how the federation was developed.
We want the plaza to be partially covered, with a series of permanent tables and chairs, so visitors can enjoy a picnic in the shade. A couple of fireplaces, some landscaping and a significant donor recognition feature with the name “Community League Plaza” will be installed at one end.

Phase Two is all about upgrading the stream area which runs past the southern edge of the plaza. We’d like to see this stream brought to life, so that children could make better use of it. This phase would also include a granular trail alongside the creek, some park benches, flower beds or natural plantings, a decorative bridge and a boardwalk/dock area at a pond near the top.

Phase Three will see the development of a water play feature above the stream area, next to the existing children’s playground. It will also include benches, tables and plantings, along with a
granular trail that connects it to the rest of the development.

Taken together, this project will connect the lake, plaza, stream, water play feature and playground, giving visitors of all ages another reason to visit the city’s signature park.
Naturally, a development of this scope will cost some money to build.

In fact, a rough estimate just received from the city suggests that we would be looking at about $700,000 for the plaza alone. The rest of the development – while still very much conceptual at this point – is expected to bring the total to at least $2 million.

With this in mind, it is our intention to approach a variety of groups and individuals for donations. This list includes individual community leagues, community league alumni, the federation, the city, province and federal government and corporations.

We have decided to approach the leagues first for two reasons.

First and foremost, it is essential that the leagues support this project. Before we can present it to the government or private corporations, we need to know that the leagues are onside.
Secondly, it is our intention to ask the government to match all donations.

At a meeting of the EFCL board of directors on March 8, it was recommended that we ask each community league for a donation of $400, each year, for five years. If approved, this would raise a total of $310,000 and get the project off to a tremendous start.

This motion will be presented to the leagues at our Annual General Meeting, which is set for 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 30, at Beacon Heights Community League (4418-118 Avenue).
If the motion is approved, then $400 would be added to the invoice the EFCL sends to each league each fall for its membership fee. Collection of the funds would begin this fall and end in 2016.

We are currently preparing some conceptual drawings, to help describe the nature of this project.

It is our intention to send these drawings to each league with additional information about our project and our Annual General Meeting in the first week of April.

In the meantime, please direct any questions you might have to our executive director, Allan Bolstad (allan.bolstad@efcl.org.

Also, please note that you are welcome to attend the next meeting of the 100th anniversary project committee, which is set for 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 4 (RSVP to Joanne.Booth@efcl.org). The committee would welcome your suggestions as well as your involvement, as it could use a couple more volunteers.

Thank you very much for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely yours,

David Dodge
President
Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues

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Old 14-03-2012, 06:57 PM   #2
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This sounds like something quite interesting. I wouldn't mind seeing more of what this project will look like.
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^Ya, I'm pretty sure our league would have no problems donating $400 a year for 5 years for a legacy project of this magnitude.
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Old 15-03-2012, 03:09 PM   #4
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Not only is this a good idea, but it's an idea that doesn't seem to be asking for money from the local, provincial, or federal government. Bonus points for that!

I hope the connecting stream is cleared for skating in the winter.
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