July 2017 Community Newsletter

01 Jul July 2017 Community Newsletter

Alberta Parks Day

Summer is a fantastic time to take advantage of the natural beauty Calgary-Elbow and Alberta have to offer. Our outdoor spaces are world class.

Albertans are invited to celebrate “Parks Day” on July 15th. Provincial parks across Alberta will be hosting a variety of activities from scavenger hunts to sand castle building competitions. Alberta Parks has an extensive list of events on their website. Visit www.AlbertaParks.ca to find out more.

We are fortunate to have Fish Creek Provincial Park located inside our city boundaries and many other parks within a few hours’ drive. There are new and exciting programs and activities being offered by Alberta Parks including geocaching and “comfort camping”.  Did you know:

  • More than 12.5 per cent of Alberta is designated as national or provincial parks (8.3 per cent – national parks, 4.2 per cent – provincial parks)
  • The Alberta Parks system protects more than 27,600 square km of the province. That’s more than four times the size of Prince Edward Island
  • There are about 250 campgrounds with nearly 14,000 campsites in the Alberta Parks system

Get out and enjoy!

The Alberta Electoral Boundary Commission

The Alberta Electoral Boundary Commission published their interim report at the end of May. Recommendations for the constituency of Calgary Elbow are as follows:

It is recommended that the boundaries of this electoral division be adjusted to add the neighbourhoods of Lower Mount Royal and Kelvin Grove while moving the community of Rutland Park into Calgary-Currie.

The population would be 50,216, 8% above the provincial average. The level of positive variance in population created is justified, in the view of the majority, by the fact that the future population growth rate is likely to fall below provincial average given the character of this south-central area.  As a result, its population levels will likely be at or below provincial average by the time of the next electoral boundaries review.

You can view and comment on the proposed changes by visiting www.abebc.ca. This website also provides information on public hearing taking place in Calgary on July 20th. Please feel free to share your comments with my office at calgary.elbow@assembly.ab.ca.

Have a great summer!