The Wolseley Residents Assocation is hosting its AGM this year COVID style – outside with physical distancing.
Vimy Ridge Park Tuesday, August 18 at 7pm
with a lawn chair or a blanket.
Free ice-cream sandwiches donated by Ruby West Cafe for the first 30 in attendance!!!
In the case of rain you can attend by Zoom:
Meeting ID: 857 1073 2338
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Consider running for one of the open position on the WRA executive:
There will be information about the new WRA Green Space Committee community garden going into Vimy Park.
Plus, in response to various local issues this year the meeting features a discussion of community input into decisions about green space. The guests confirmed include:
Come to the Aug. 18 Annual General Meeting of the Wolseley Residents Association (Vimy Ridge Park, Tuesday Aug. 18, 7pm) to find out more about Greenspace issues and opportunities in Wolseley, including a discussion of how we can ensure that changes to greenspace in our neighborhood has public input.
Recent Greenspace Issues: Recently there was the removal of the tot-lot on Westminster near Ethelbert that caught parents and kids by surprise. And the loss of green space at Dominion Park when a lease agreement lapsed and the property changed owners. There is currently riverbank stabilization across the creek and tracks and ongoing changes at Vimy Ridge Park. Over the years Wolseley has had a number of other examples of partnership with the City such as designing Aubrey Park and of course the legendary the proposal for a big bridge across Omand’s Creek. In all of this the common denominator the desire for more community gardens and green space is the community wants to know about plans ahead of time, and the community wants a say in those plans.
The World Health Organization  recommended the availability of a minimum of 9 m2 of green space per individual with an ideal (urban green space) UGS value of 50 m2 per capita. These statistical values correlate with a number of UGS standards, including: (1) linkages between sustainable cities and better health, (2) core health indicators to monitor progress and identify success, (3) expanding indicators values (e.g., governance indicators, access to health and sanitation services, food markets and urban infrastructure for social, recreation and livelihoods), (4) adding value to health indicators and (5) feasibility of data reporting via cross-cutting issues (e.g., equity, governance and climate change). In retrospect to the amount of greenery and relating UGS availability in cities and urban areas we delineate a linkage between the World Health Organization’s UGS values with a reduced amount of social and environmental discontent.
An example of an ideal compact city is Ljubljana, Slovenia, awarded the 2016 European Green Capital, in which almost 560 m2 of UGS is available per inhabitant and virtually all its residential zones lie within a 300 m radius from public green space .
The WRA’s community garden committee is working hard to get the funds needed to build the Vimy Victory Garden, a community garden in our very own Vimy Ridge Park. We’re applying for a variety of grants and have approached the city for support – stand by for more news on that! - but we also need to fundraise in the neighbourhood to demonstrate our community’s commitment to the project.
So we’re launching a “Covid-19 Safe” GoFundMe Campaign and asking our friends, neighbours and supporters to consider making a donation. Your contributions – whether big or small - will go towards building the 20 allotment plots, 2 community plots, 2 composting stations, a garden shed and the plumbing we need to get building and growing!
Please feel free to post the GoFundMe link below on your own social media feeds and encourage your friends and neighbours to donate. With your help we can make the Vimy Victory Garden happen!
The Community Garden Committee