Neighbourhood projects get going


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This article was published 10/07/2020 (1054 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

As you can imagine, it’s been challenging to write about community activities in the past few months, with other priorities to be concerned about, but there have been some recent developments.

For example, it’s great to see work underway on the pathways at Scurfield Park. The park was part of the first phase of development of the community in 1986 and has been in need of a facelift for a while. This is a continuation of work begun last year, which also included replacing the Whyte Ridge sign at the corner of Scurfield and Columbia boulevards.

According to Coun. Janice Lukes (Waverley West), the focus this year will be to upgrade the lighting and install gravel surfaces, with asphalt resurfacing next year.

Photo by Nick Barnes Work is underway on the pathways in Scurfield Park.

Several trees that were removed due to their roots creating safety hazards, and a new row of trees will be planted along a new section of pathway to Prospect Road.

Lukes also flagged an issue with the fountains in our two retention ponds. You may have noticed that they have not been operating this year, as part of a city funding cut. She is investigating, as the fountains help aerate the ponds, reducing issues with algae and mosquitoes.

She also noted that the city will be implementing the pilot project I reported on last year regarding enforcing a bylaw on lawn maintenance. Households that let their grass grow longer than 15 centimetres (six inches) on their front lawns can be subject to a $150 fine if the city receives a complaint and the grass is not cut within seven days.

Lukes is also involved in two accessibility projects that should be implemented this year — accessible swings in Don Smith Park near H.G. Izatt School, and upgrades to the entrance to the Whyte Ridge Community Centre.

The accessible swing project is occurring in large part due to efforts by several H.G. I. students who organized a fundraising campaign. It will include installation of a bench in memory of Anisa Sadeghi, an H.G. I. student who was on the Iranian plane that crashed earlier this year.

Nick Barnes is a community correspondent for Whyte Ridge.

Nick Barnes

Nick Barnes
Whyte Ridge community correspondent

Nick Barnes is a community correspondent for Whyte Ridge.

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