Summerlea Plants a Pop-up Garden

If you’ve been at the Summerlea Park lately, you may have noticed a new feature. Summerlea is participating in the City of Edmonton’s Pop-Up Community Garden Program. The pilot program was set up by the City to ease the worry about food security.

To participate in the program, the Summerlea Community Garden Committee submitted an application form, which included a statement about how the garden would contribute to the food security of our community.

Our response was as follows :

  • The pop-up garden will raise awareness about the potential for growing our own food. Most residents live either in houses with small yards shaded by mature trees or in condos, which makes growing vegetables difficult. The pop-up garden will demonstrate the value of community gardening, especially during the harvest season.
  • The children of the neighborhood will be exposed to vegetable gardening.
  • The produce from the three extra garden boxes will go to the Food Bank or Mustard Seed or whoever is most in need. A portion of the September harvest will be reserved for our annual celebration in the park.

Since we made the application, two more families joined the garden, leaving one planter purely for the community. As of June 4, all planters have been sown.

We are still working on our application to the City for a permanent community garden, and we’re currently at the project charter stage. Help is always welcome. If you want to join the group, or just get on our mailing list, send an email to communitygarden@summerlea.ca.

Playground Opens Tomorrow

The City of Edmonton has just announced that as of May 22, our playground, along with many other facilities, will re-open. Here’s the announcement.

The pandemic precautions still apply. The City tweeted “Play safe to stay safe. When using these spaces, maintain 2m physical distance, gather in groups of 50 or fewer, only share common equipment w/ members of the same family or cohort, stay home if you feel sick, bring your own sanitizer & use before and after activity.”

Here is the City’s Playground page. And here’s a printable chart on what you can do in these spaces that have just opened up.

If you would like to learn more about the City’s plans and announcements for the recovery, visit the City’s COVID-19 page.

Summerlea Update and Response to Covid-19

Town Hall

On February 24, we had a town hall meeting with City planners and project personnel and Councilor Andrew Knack on the topics of the West Edmonton Mall rezoning requests (overflow lot rezoning and signage) and the City’s proposed relocation of the LRT station from 87th Avenue at West Edmonton Mall to the overflow lot.

Thank you to everyone who came out for the meeting. Your continuing interest makes a big difference to the success of the community.

Since the town hall meeting, the community league board has been working with other leagues and gaining support to not rezone the overflow lot. Furthermore, the City of Edmonton has told us that they rejected the proposed signage changes and asked WEM to resubmit a more reasonable proposal. The rezoning application will not be addressed at a city council meeting until sometime after April.

COVID-19 Response: What Do We Do Now?

In response to COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing, the Annual General Meeting and the Big Bin Event that were scheduled for May have been postponed until further notice.

You may also have noticed that the playground is closed.

However, we are all encouraged to get outside, as long as we maintain a 2 meter distance from others not in our household.

The Edmonton Public Library has fun ideas using resources for kids and grown-ups on their EPL at Home page. And there’s a new city-wide art project called Window Art (#YEGWindowArt) that we can all participate in.

Local businesses are finding innovative ways to serve us and for this they deserve our support. From arts and entertainment to vehicle repairs and maintenance, you can find them here at Things that Are Open.

Check our new Things to Do page for more information on these activities.

The community league is taking a look at how we can organize to foster neighborhood engagement. More information to come. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, let us know at info@summerlea.org.