Lake Bonavista Community Association Survey
December 13, 2017
Lake Bonavista Community Association Survey
Together we can make our community shine! Get involved….as your VOICE matters!
Do you have a Holiday Wish List concerning improvements to our community? Ways to promote community spirit? Ideas to provide more community services? Improve / expand / replace existing facilities?
The Lake Bonavista Community Association Board is asking for your input as we develop priorities for the next year and beyond.
Online survey: Survey is now closed
October 10, 2017
August 24, 2017
THANK YOU TO ALL THE AMAZING VOLUNTEERS FOR HELP MAKING OUR STAMPEDE BREAKFAST ON JUNE 17 A WONDERFUL SUCCESS!
June 16, 2017
Please join us for our annual Stampede Breakfast from 9am to 11am.
Bouncy castle and obstacle course, face painters, games, line dancers and of course Breakfast!
Thank You Community Clean Up Volunteers!
May 30, 2017
Thanks to all the amazing community volunteers that came out on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
It was a very busy day and they all worked hard to keep the day running smoothly.
USED TOY & CLOTHING SALE CANCELLED
May 24, 2017
The Used Toy & Clothing Clothing Sale for this Sunday, May 28th, has been CANCELLED.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Outdoor Soccer Annual Meeting
February 27, 2017
The Lake Bonavista Outdoor Soccer Program will be holding their Annual Meeting this March.
Date: Tuesday, March 14th
Location: Bonavista Room (upstairs)
Spring 3 vs 3 Hockey Registration!
January 12, 2017
Spring 3 vs 3 Hockey registration opens January 16th for BREAKERS only.
General Public registration opens February 1, 2017
**Please note: if you are not a Breaker player and you register before February 1st, you will be removed from the registration, and subject to a $45. admin fee.**
Dec 14th BOARD MEETING CANCELLED
December 14, 2016
**The Board Meeting scheduled for December 14th, 2016 has been CANCELLED**
The Board Meetings will resume in the new year - January 18th at 7pm
Board of Directors meeting.
November 16, 2016
Please note: The Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Nov 16th will be held upstairs in Bonavista Room at 7:30pm.
Annual General Meeting
September 29, 2016
Annual General Meeting
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Where: Multipurpose Room - 1401 Acadia Dr. SE
September Board of Directors Meeting Date Change
September 19, 2016
The Board of Directors meeting scheduled for September 21st is now moved to SEPTEMBER 28TH at 7:30pm in the Multipurpose Room.
Anderson Noise Barrier Construction
July 20, 2016
Transportation Infrastructure will be building a noise barrier on the south side of Anderson Road S.E., extending from east of Lake Linnet Green S.E. to west of the Lake Emerald Crescent and Lake Emerald Road S.E. intersection. This project was initiated by residents who put in a noise complaint and as this project is supported by more than the required 67% of adjacent property owners, The City is moving ahead with building the noise barriers.
Once we identify that the existing noise levels are exceeding our threshold, 65 dBA, we use traffic noise model to predict noise levels using 20 year forecasted traffic volume. The height, varies between 2.7 and 3.4 m, and length of the noise barrier is based on projected noise levels. The City did noise measurements on both the north and south sides of the city block, from Bonaventure Drive S.E. to Acadia Drive S.E., and this section is the only place that warranted a noise barrier.
Noise barrier construction is set to begin in August and be completed in fall 2016. During construction, it can be expected there will be some partial lane closures on the south side of Anderson Road S.E. daily from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Once construction begins please keep children and pets a safe distance from the site. The temporary fencing will be put up around the construction site, but will not protect residents from sound disruptions or mitigate the impacts of construction.
2016/2017 Hockey Season Opens tomorrow!
May 31, 2016
Please see attached documents on registration for the 2016/2017 hockey season
Frank McCool Arena Renovation
April 13, 2016
Frank McCool Arena Renovation
Built mostly in the 1960s and 1970s, The City's arenas have long been an important part of the amateur ice sport scene in Calgary. Some arenas are in need of upgrades to ensure continued use of the facilities and improve customer experience.
Frank McCool Arena will be closed for approximately one year beginning this spring. Upgrades enhance customer experience and help to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities. Work includes:
- Upgrades to existing change rooms
- Addition of two new flex rooms
- Relocation of official change room
- Bleacher replacement
- Addition of a wheelchair accessible viewing platform
- Upgrades at Frank McCool Arena will enhance customer experiences and help to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities.
- City arenas are an important part of the amateur ice sport scene in Calgary. Upgrades respond to user demand while improving the functionality, efficiency and accessibility of our arenas.
- Users are encouraged to attend neighbouring City of Calgary arenas during the closure (i.e. Ed Whalen/Joseph Kruczka and Rose Kohn/Jimmy Condon Arenas)
- Calgary Recreation staff are working with sport groups to accommodate historical bookings at alternate locations, where possible.
- The City of Calgary promotes strong neighbourhoods by investing in community hubs where people can meet, connect and be active.
- The contractor adheres to The City's Community Standards Bylaw, 5M2004 for hours of operation, material storage and construction best practices, including dust mitigation. If you have questions, please contact 311.
- Once the contractor is in place (mid-April), a letter will be delivered to residents directly adjacent to the access road that runs parallel to the alley of Lake Tahoe Gr. S.E. The letter will advise residents of construction duration and who to contact if there are concerns (contact 311).
- On March 24, 2016, a notice was sent to anyone who booked the arena over the course of the previous year advising them of the closure.
Spring Yard Waste Drop off at City Landfills
April 11, 2016
With the mild winter and above-average temperatures this spring, many Calgarians are ready to tidy up their yards and get their gardens ready for the new season. Spring cleaning means plenty of yard waste that can be given a second life as compost.
Calgarians are encouraged to drop off their yard waste for free at City landfills so it can be composted instead of thrown away.
From April 1 to May 29, all three City of Calgary landfills will waive fees for residential loads of leaves, branches, plants and other garden material. The yard waste will be composted at the sites, turning it back into a useful resource. For more info phone 311.
Here are four tips for Calgarians to know about the spring yard waste drop-off program before they come to the landfill:
- Make sure your load only contains yard waste like leaves, branches and plants (no sod - it can't be composted at City sites). Charges will apply if the load contains other items.
- Residents are encouraged to leave their yard waste loose or put it in paper yard waste bags, which can be composted as well. If yard waste is loose, residents should make sure to secure and cover loads before transporting them.
City landfills are open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.:
- Spyhill Landfill - 69th St. and 112th Ave. N.W.
- East Calgary Landfill - 17th Ave. And 68th St. S.E.
- Shepard Landfill - 114th Ave. and 86th St. S.E.
For faster service, visit the landfill on a weekday or before 9 a.m. on Saturday or Sunday when wait times are shorter.
This program is for residential customers only.
Hockey Calgary Boundary Review Announcement
December 4, 2015
Hockey Calgary regularly partakes in boundary reviews to ensure that the program remains sustainable. The Hockey Council of the Lake Bonavista Community Association will be involved with the upcoming boundary review through representation on the Hockey Calgary Presidents' Council. They have a seat at the table, and will work in the best interests of Association members.
There are no plans for any changes at the moment, but following this review process some changes are expected to programs city-wide.
Link to Hockey Calgary Boundary Review Announcement
Link to Current Hockey Calgary Maps
Beginning in January Tumble Time will run on Mondays!
December 1, 2015
Starting JANUARY 4th, 2016 Tumble Time will also run on Mondays!!
Update on the Wind Mobile Tower Proposal
November 19, 2015
Update on the Wind Mobile Cell Tower Proposal
On November 18th, the Board of Directors met and reviewed feedback regarding a cell tower proposal from Wind Mobile. Approximately two dozen members of the community attended the meeting and took part in the discussion. Overall, the majority of the feedback in Lake Bonavista was against a new cell tower being constructed on LBCA leased land. There was also concern expressed about the potential for new cell towers to be built in other parts of the community, even though this is outside the control of the community association.
The Board voted unanimously to oppose construction of any cell tower in the community of Lake Bonavista. This means there will be no cell tower built at the recreation centre. At the meeting, it was also decided that letters would be written to key stakeholders in the community, such as local stores and churches, to let them know the LBCA is against new cell tower construction throughout the neighbourhood.
Cell Tower Summary Report
November 13, 2015
Summary Report for the Cell Tower proposal
Cell Tower Information
October 5, 2015
Proposed WIND MOBILE 30m Telecommunication Tower
Wednesday October 14th, 2015 5-7pm
Lake Bonavista Recreation Centre
Please join representatives from WIND Mobile and the City of Calgary to discuss a proposal to build a Telecommunication Tower at the Lake Bonavista Recreation Centre.
Additional information relating to this proposal will be on hand and available for review, along with representatives present to discuss this proposal and provide answers to community member questions, at the Public Open House.
Proposal: 30m Telecommunication Tower
Tower style: Shrouded monopole (antenna hidden)
Location: West side of Recreation Centre
This proposed tower will provided enhanced cellular service to the community of Lake Bonavista and surrounding area
With respect to this matter, residents are invited to provide written comments by October 30th to the contact information shown below. Please include a return address.
Lake Bonavista Community Association
1401 Acadia Dr SE
Calgary, Ab T2J 4C6
5pm-7pm Open House Cell Tower Information Session
7pm Lake Bonavista Community Association AGM including Crime in the Community Discussion
Mike Budd Bantam Conditioning Camp
August 10, 2015
Mike Budd Bantam Conditioning Camp
Price $155 Bonafund
$165 Non Bonafund
Six Ice Times
Thursday September 3rd - 8:45pm- 9:45pm
Tuesday September 8th - 7:30pm- 8:30pm
Thursday September 10th - 7:30pm- 8:30pm
Saturday September 12th - 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Thursday September 17th - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturday September 19th - 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Register online at www.lakebonavistacommunity.com
Board of Directors Meeting Cancellation
June 16, 2015
The Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 17, 2015 has been cancelled.
The next Board meeting will take place on September 16th, 2015.
Fall Power Skating and Hockey Skills Program Registration BEGINS June 8th, 2015
June 2, 2015
Power Skating and Hockey Skills Sept 28-Nov 23 8 classes No class Oct 12
Come and work on your skating and hockey skills! This program is a great compliment to your hockey program and will take you to the next level. This is not a learn to skate program. Participants must have prior skating experience.
REGISTRATION FOR Lake Bonavista BREAKERS BEGINS JUNE 8TH. GENERAL PUBLIC CAN REGISTER JULY 1ST.
Board of Director's Meeting Date Change
May 4, 2015
The Lake Bonavista Community Association Board of Directors meeting scheduled for May 20th, has been rescheduled to
TUESDAY, MAY 19th at 8pm in the Fitness Room.
To Lake Bonavista Hockey Participants
April 27, 2015
To Lake Bonavista Hockey Participants and Families,
We are writing to update you about the overall financial situation of the Community Association and specific impacts on the hockey program.
The Lake Bonavista Community Association (LBCA) is a non-profit organization that faces many fiscal challenges, including upkeep of an aging facility.
Recently, we were disappointed when the Province shorted our association over $75,000 on a key grant needed to fix the recreation centre roof. A funding shortfall of this size means a portion of our reserves will be depleted and need to be replaced over time.
We are also planning ahead for ongoing lifecycle maintenance of the facility which will cumulatively cost more than $2 million.
The LBCA Board of Directors is in the process of reviewing all aspects of revenue and expense in order to ensure long term financial sustainability of our organization. For example, last month nominal rate increases were approved for all facility use, including ice and room rentals.
In the past, the hockey program benefited from the use of full-time office administrative help without these costs being specifically covered by the program. Administrative support is provided by the LBCA in areas such as registration, scheduling, and accounting.
The LBCA is no longer in a financial position to operate without recovering a portion of these costs and will be implementing an administrative fee for programs. Hockey program revenues are approximately $400,000 per year. The administrative fee of $20,000 is approximately 5% of revenue, or $50 per player.
If the hockey program can find cost savings in its budget to offset this administrative expense (e.g. meals, ice time, misc. expenses), the fee increase for players could be much less than 5%.
Our fees are very low compared to other hockey programs. Even with a maximum 5% increase, or $50 per player, our fees remain among the lowest in Calgary.
As fellow parents, we understand and empathize with concerns about rate increases. If fee payment poses a hardship for your family, there are financial assistance programs available in Calgary through the Flames Even Strength Program (FESP) and KidSport Calgary.
The LBCA Board of Directors is responsible for approving the comprehensive budget of the Community Association, including the budgets of each individual program. 2015-2016 hockey rates will be finalized shortly by the LBCA Board, and will be communicated both on our website and in the Bugle.
We welcome your input at any time about Community Association matters.
The Board of Directors of the Lake Bonavista Community Association
Message from the LBCA Board of Directors
April 10, 2015
A message from the LBCA Board of Directors
Rainy season is here and we are worried about the roof;
It needs fixing and the community association is short funds.
Why do we need to replace the roof?
Our roof has been a big issue over the years and replacing it is critical. Many of you will recall two years ago when a section of the roof blew off, leaving behind a temporary hole over the arena. Or perhaps you've seen buckets in the lobby collecting dripping rain water. Last spring, staff worked overtime to save soaked carpets when the preschool upstairs was repeatedly inundated with water.
This year, we plan to complete the fourth and final phase of the roof project, and requested $300,000 from the City of Calgary (CCG grant) and $125,000 from the Province of Alberta (CFEP grant).
While the City provided their grant for the roof, the Province awarded only $48,500, shorting the community by one third, or $76,500.
What can we do about it?
It's election time and soon we will have a new MLA for Lake Bonavista. If you feel reliable provincial funding for our community is important, please be sure to let candidates know your opinion. Your voice matters and can make a difference, not just for our neighbourhood, but for the communities we serve.
Given the state of the roof, we have no choice but to proceed with the last phase of repairs. To deal with the grant shortfall, we will be forced to temporarily dip into our reserve fund, and take a hard look at finances, specifically increased program fees for members, community fundraising or service reductions.
Who pays for recreation centre upkeep?
Like your home, our recreation centre is over forty years old and in need of regular, often costly, maintenance.
Because fees from programs like soccer and hockey don't bring in enough money to cover building upkeep, the community association relies on grants from the province and city.
Why was our community shorted grant funds?
According to the government we lost out, "due to the high volume of applications received and the limited funds available".
- CFEP grants have not been cut overall in the provincial budget, and according to their website, total funds approved this year are currently well below budget
-Several community associations received the full $125,000 they requested this year (e.g. Applewood Park, McKenzie Lake, Oakridge)
-One community association, Glenbrook, received $195,000; that's $70,000 more than the official grant maximum