AGM November 5th, 2020 at 7pm

Valley Ridge Community Association (VRCA) will be holding its AGM on November 5th at 7pm.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions our 2020 AGM will be held virtually.

Special guests include our MLA, Demetrios Nicolaides and our City of Calgary Ward 1 Councillor, Ward Sutherland.

VRCA members have been sent the login information. If you are not a member to VRCA but would like to attend the AGM please email communications@vrca.community to request the login information. Non-members can attend but cannot vote or speak. However, you can become a member at anytime by emailing memberships@vrca.community.

VRCA has two vacant directors positions to fill at the AGM – The Director of Community Events and the Director of Planning. If you are interested in learning more about these positions please contact our president, Dave McCarrel at president@vrca. community.

Hope to see you virtually on Nov 5th!

Construction Update: Minor Traffic Delay Expected Thursday April 16, 2020 on Valley Ridge Drive

Alberta Transportation has advised us of a temporary lane closure affecting Eastbound/Westbound Valley Ridge Drive at the intersection of Valley Ridge Blvd. This closure will occur sometime between the hours of 9am and 3pm tomorrow, April 16th.

Only one closure is anticipated lasting approximately 5-10 minutes. Minimal traffic disruptions are expected. The closure is to allow for the installation of a cable at the intersection.

Please obey all traffic signage and to watch for construction personnel who are working in the area.

Temporary Closures in Bowness Park Apr 6-20, 2020

Dear Valley Ridge residents:

The West Calgary Ring Road project team has advised Valley Ridge Community Association about some upcoming temporary closures in Bowness Park:

“As part of the Bow River Bridge twinning project, we will be building an in-river berm on the south shore of the Bow River. In-river work is only permitted during specific time periods set out by the Water Act to avoid impacts to fish and fish habitat and protect fall and winter spawning species.

This work will involve high volumes of construction vehicles, so to complete the work safely in the limited time allowed for in-river work, there will be no vehicle access to Bowness Park from April 6 – 20, 2020.

During this same time, the pathway west of Stoney Trail connecting Valley Ridge and Bowness Park will also be fully closed with no detour available and no access to the pedestrian bridge to or from the west.

Bowness Park will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists east of Stoney Trail and access to the pedestrian bridge to and from the east will remain open.”

For more details please visit westringroad.ca > Bow River Bridge.

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Valley Ridge Community Association News: AGM, Outdoor Rink, and Soccer

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Valley Ridge Community Association, Board of Directors, meet on the third Wednesday of every month at the Lodge of Valley Ridge.
This month, on Mar 18th, we held our meeting by teleconference due to CORVID-19 precautions.
The Board passed a motion to postpone our AGM which was originally scheduled for April 6th.
Our bylaws allow the postponement of our AGM for up to six months due to extraordinary circumstances.
This will likely move our AGM to sometime this fall.

Outdoor Rink

Due to the public health emergency restrictions issued on March 17th, all City of Calgary operated outdoor playfields and surfaces including outdoor rinks have been closed.
VRCA has also implemented these restrictions and closed our outdoor rink.
Due to the spring-like conditions, the ice surface likely would have been done within a week anyway.

Soccer – Message from Christa McKegney, Director of Sports:

With regret, both the VRCA Board and the Soccer Committee have agreed to cancel the spring soccer program due to COVID-19 health concerns.

We hope to reschedule soccer for Sept-Oct, assuming that this pandemic is under control.

We will be putting a survey on SurveyMonkey for our soccer families and other residents of Valley Ridge to ascertain the desire for a fall soccer program.  As we hope T Ball will be running at the same time, we will suggest some alternative days and times for soccer.

Please keep an eye out for the survey and pass the link along to anyone you feel might be interested.

Our next steps:

1. Christa will begin manually refunding our families for the soccer fees.  Once you have been refunded, you should receive an automatic email and should see your refund returned to the credit card you originally provided within 10-15 business days.
2. We will not be refunding the VRCA membership fees, as per our policies.

We hope everyone stays safe and healthy during this time.

Valley Ridge Community Association
Board of Directors

VRCA Plannning Committee Update: WCRR

 VRCA Planning Committee Update: WCRR

Sound Attenuation Measures

On January 23, 2020, The Hon. Demetrios Nicolaides, MLA for Calgary-Bow and Minister for Advanced Education and the Planning Committee arranged a site visit in Valley Ridge with The Hon. Ric McIver, MLA for Calgary-Hays and Minister of Transportation. Also attending were Shane De Lorey, AT’s  Project Director for the WCRR, and two VRCA board members, Grant Knowles and Michael McGee. The visit was held at the home of residents on Valley Meadow Close who back south onto the TCH. The purpose was to demonstrate to the Ministers the impact of the close proximity of construction activities on residents of Valley Ridge. Based on discussion, we understand the sound study will be complete by this spring and will be the driving factor to advancing construction of any sound barriers as early as this spring or summer. Further, Minister McIver stated that while AT “will continue to use provincial noise guidelines for the WCRR . . . if members of the community would like to work with the City of Calgary or other stakeholders to acquire noise attenuation at a higher level of service, AT would support these efforts.” The City’s noise guidelines are more stringent compared to AT’s. MLA Nicolaides is in the process of arranging a meeting with our Ward 1 Councillor, Ward Sutherland, and the VRCA sometime in March or April.

New, West Storm Management Pond

Some residents of Valley Pointe Way will be aware of a new storm management pond to be constructed by EllisDon’s contractors this spring or earlier, weather dependent. Figure 2 shows the location of the new pond immediately west of the existing, smaller storm management pond. This new pond is required to manage storm water run-off from the new and expanded TCH, once complete. We understand this project will involve a significant excavation. We will further advise and inform residents with additional details as they become available.

Fig. 2: New, West Storm Management Pond

Pathways

The new pathway connection to Bowness Park below the Bow River Bridge Twinning project was opened on February 18. A set of stairs has been constructed to provide access to the Park during construction. We now understand that EllisDon’s contractor will be maintaining and clearing the stairs of snow during the remaining winter months. AT also received permission from the City of Calgary to construct a temporary haul road through the south perimeter of Bowness Park for the duration of construction on the new bridge.

For further information visit:

 

and westringroad.ca

Submitted by: VRCA Planning Committee

All That Glitter – VRCA Fall Social

All That Glitters – VRCA Fall Social

What a fantastic night!! The food – beverages – the auction items – the door prizes and of course the company we kept. The fall social was a huge success and that is due to the support of our volunteers, donors and neighbours.
The following individuals and companies made the evening the huge success that it was, and we cannot possibly thank them enough.

Gérard Lalonde – Pottery
Spelliscy I Riddell Law Office – Estate Planning Package
COBS Bread Crowfoot – Bread for a year, Bread gift basket, and sweet treats for the evening
Gerard J. Chiasson Remax Mountain View – Pamper Yourself Basket
Calgary Climbing Centre Rocky Mountain – Two adult lessons and one-month membership
Stoney Trail Veterinary Clinic – 2 – Wellness Exams

Swede’s Wildhorse Consulting Ltd. – Crafty Cocktails beverage box
The Lodge at Valley Ridge Retirement Residence – The Great Baker Gift Basket
Valley Ridge Golf Club – Two green fees with power cart
Burwood Distillery – Tour and tasting for six people
Christa McKegney – One-hour massage

Montana’s BBQ & Bar – Wine basket and gift certificates
David McCarrel – two nights accommodation at a 2-bedroom condo at the Panorama Mountain resort
Crowfoot Safeway – Gift certificate
Michael Lipnicki Fine Pianos – Piano tuning gift certificate
Beacon Hill Chiropractic & Massage – Evolution Chair and one-hour massage

Perfect Performance – Wireless Bluetooth headphones
Estate Yard Care – 2 apple watches
Pixie Gardens – 2 18” front door winter display containers
Kristie O’Brien – Quilt

Valley Ridge Glass – Mirror
Get Real Baking – 12 Cupcakes
Hippo Overland Gear – Tablecloth and cutlery bag
WINSPORT – One-month membership
Data Outsource – Netflix and Chill Basket

Hudson’s Crowfoot – Shirt and gift certificates
Stephanie Chow – Beautycounter Products
Montgomery Auto Service – Auto 1st Aid Kit
Allan’s Flowers – Gift Certificate
Kids Bikes Canada – Balance Bike

Relaxation & Rejuvenation Massage Therapy – Gift Certificate
Skinsation – Gift Certificate
Bon A-Pet-Treat – Doggie Treats
Carol Markell – Fresh baked cheesecake
Lina Holroyd Wolf – Wall or Vehicle Vinyl Design/Lettering and Installation
Chair Flair – Decorations and Set up

Look up these great sponsors the next time you are looking to support your local neighbours. They are making a difference to our community.

Shari Burton
Director, Community Events