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May 2017 Newsletter from Councillor Richard Pootmans

May 1st, 2017 | By | Category: SCA News

Finally spring is here!  Here are some things you should be aware of this month, and various ways to get involved:

Spring Clean-up

The City’s annual Spring Clean-up program is well underway and runs until June. Crews sweep up winter sanding materials and other debris from over 16,000 lane kilometres of city roads and along major sidewalks and boulevards. We’re asking all Calgarians to help make the city beautiful by moving vehicles from the street when you see the No Parking signs in your neighbourhood, which will be placed at least 12 hours prior to sweeping.

Visit to check the schedule for your street, track sweeper progress on the online map, and sign up for notifications.

Take part in your Community Cleanup!

Have you participated in a Community Cleanup yet? This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbours and save a trip to the landfill. Each year the City teams up with local community associations to help residents get rid of unwanted household items and property waste. Last year, a record of one million kg of waste and nearly 200,000 kg of organics was collected!

Some of Ward 6’s Community Cleanups finished in April. Here are the remaining dates:

May 6 – Coach Hill/Patterson Heights – 6229 Patina Drive SW
May 13 – Springbank Hill – 150 Ambrose Close SW
May 28 – Discovery Ridge – 532 Discovery Ridge Boulevard SW
June 4 – West Springs/Cougar Ridge – 700 77 Street SW
June 24 – Signal Hill – 3200 Signal Hill Drive SW
September 23 – Glenbrook – 3524 45 Street SW AND Glamorgan – 4207 41 Avenue SW

The City will supply three packer trucks with crews (two for waste and one for organic materials) and funds for gloves, garbage bags, food and refreshments for the group of community volunteers. If you would like to help out, please contact your community association.

Visit and search “Community Cleanups” for more information.

If you are looking for other ways to contribute and get engaged, visit and search “Volunteer” for opportunities with the Calgary Police Service, Parks, Recreation, Animal and Bylaw, Calgary Neighbourhoods, and more!

Get ready for Neighbour Day!

Calgary celebrates its fourth annual Neighbour Day on June 17, and anyone can plan an event! Reach out to your neighbours and host a block party on your street, hold a street chalk drawing competition, or share a picnic potluck or afternoon tea in the park. Whatever you do, be sure to invite The Mayor, me (please email Richard.Pootmans@calgary .ca), the Calgary Fire and Calgary Police Services—we’d love to join. Last year I attended 12 events on Neighbour Day, I’d love to increase that number this year!

An important note: If you are thinking of closing your street or hosting your event at the local park, you must get your block party permit or greenspace permit by May 26, 2017. The City will be waiving the fees for this day.

Visit or call 3-1-1 for more information.

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