“Riley Park needs a drinking fountain, so we collaborated with the community to make it happen. We just got a letter of support from the Calgary Cricket League, ACAD is throwing their support behind it, we’ve raised half of the funds in six months and we’re still going strong. We engaged students from elementary schools in the area, the colleges, the neighbourhood… I think it’s pretty cool.
So far we have not spent one penny beyond our costs at the student awards. We’re doing this all on the monumental support from the volunteers–they really came together.
If people would like to donate and get a tax receipt, they can go to WaterForRiley.org.” Deborah Sword (left) with Gena Rotstein (right) at the Framed on Fifth Neighbour Day Garden Party.
From left to right: Annie MacInnis (Executive Director of the Kensington BRZ), Chris Dobbin (CEO of The Dobbin Group), and Ward 7 City Councillor Druh Farrell look up to the newly unveiled Lido sign from Battistella’s Lido project on 10th Street NW.
The namesake (and actual sign itself) are from the Lido Cafe which operated for over 60 years in that location before being redeveloped into the condo property it is now. A diner, personal residences, boutique hotel, and so much more are slated to move into this exciting space.
The landscape of Sunnyside and Kensington changes so fast, it’s hard to remember sometimes what it looked like before. Two years ago, I shot a photo of the 10th street strip, knowing that it would look remarkably different. I wonder what it will look like two years ago from now, or twenty years from now.
10th Street NW on April 19, 2014
“Happy New Year – 2016 could be a BIG year for The Sunnyside Project.
In the past I have alluded to having some re-development plans for The Sunnyside Project. I am formally starting down this path in 2016 and it is important for me to have dialogue with the immediate neighbours and community. There will be a formal Community Engagement process but I want to start communicating with my Facebook friends.
I realize the important history of the Sunnyside Grocery and the many good memories and therefore want to be transparent with my plans and seek your input at an early stage. Change and managing expectations is tough so I realize that I will not please everyone with my plans but hopefully you will hear me out before you pass judgment on the plans. I have also learned the importance of pursuing passions and that we each have been placed on this earth to do something that only we can do with our unique DNA and life experiences. Through the Sunnyside Project I hope to pursue my passions for architecture/design and reasonably priced housing while facilitating community, supporting urban agriculture, supporting the visual arts and exploring my intrigue with some of the new Green Building technologies.
When I purchased the property, I did not have all of these passions but after meeting people in the community, my mind has been opened to many new ideas and I have been exposed to some of the things (and most importantly people) that make Sunnyside the special place that it is.
Even though I have only owned the property since June 2014, I have had a lot of personal enjoyment with it and it will be sad to move on to the next phase. My dream though is to create something that while different, will be even more beneficial to the residents of Sunnyside in the long-term.” To learn more about this exciting project, visit: www.facebook.com/sunnysidegrocery