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Richard Pootmans’ April Newsletter

Apr 1st, 2017 | By | Category: City News

As the seasons change, now is an opportunity to remind ourselves of the amazing spaces we have in our communities. Here are some of my favourite parks in the Ward 6 area that you can visit:

Griffith Woods Park
The Elbow River flows unimpeded through this beautiful park in Discovery Ridge. Seldom can one experience a “wild river” within a major city. The curves in this part of the river has left “oxbow” wetlands, with a rich variety of aquatic ecosystems, along with one of only two large strands of White Spruce in The City’s park system.

Strathcona Ravine
Tucked away between the Strathcona and Christie Park communities, these 23 hectares of ravines were set aside as an environmental reserve during the 1970s. The boardwalk at the west end crosses a seasonal stream and wetland, and is an excellent area for birdwatching. If you want to experience a classic ravine in the wilds of Calgary, this natural gem is the park to visit.

Battalion Park
Originally a World War 1 training camp known as Camp Sarcee in 1915, this Signal Hill park was built to commemorate the Alberta soldiers who trained here. 16,000 stones were placed here by members of the Calgary, Lethbridge, Central Alberta, and Edmonton battalions, and were formed into their regiment numbers: 137, 113, 151, and 51. Along with its historical significance, the park includes great views, pathways, and of course, shopping opportunities in Westhills afterwards.

For more information, visit

 Want to send your kids on an action-packed nature adventure this summer?  Calgary Parks is offering Nature Day Camps in July and August, connecting children with the natural world through hands-on activities and outdoor play. Guided by experienced educators, campers will explore bugs, birds, plants and animals while gaining a better understanding of nature and their place within it. Choose from Growing Wild (4-5 years), Wild for Wetlands (6-9 years), Winged Wonders (6-9 years), and Raptors Delight (10-12 years). Camps take place in the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Ralph Klein Park, and childcare is available before and after. Registration is now open.

For more information, search “Nature Day Camps” at

2017 Councillor Chats & Ward 6 Open House Dates

Councillor Chats
An informal evening and a chance to say hello in a one-on-one conversation with any questions or concerns you have.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9 a.m. – Noon at SCA Community Association, 277 Strathcona Drive SW


Ward 6 Open House

Our biggest event of the year! Drop in and meet the various departments that make up The City of Calgary, from Urban Forestry, Calgary Police Services, Waste & Recycling, Planning, Water Resources, and more. Learn about the services available to you in your area, and get to know your community and what to look forward to!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Glendale Community Association, 4500 25 Avenue SW


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