Green Shack is back!

The Green Shack is a free drop-in for kids that happens all around the City of Edmonton.

Each day of the week, they offer programs to get active adn experience a variety of crafts, games, sports and free play.

It’s targeted for children ages 6-12, but all children accompanied by an adult are welcome to play along.

🗺️ Alex Decouteau Park
📍 10230 105 Street
⏰ 10:30am – 1:30pm
📅 Monday – Friday
🗓️ July 2 – August 22

For more information, visit edmonton.ca/Greenshacks

River Valley Bike Ride

Come roll with us and explore the beauty of the River Valley! 🚴

Who: DECL members and friends of DECL
What: Explore the river valley bike trails
When: June 17, 2024
Where: Meet at the DECL space 10042 103 St at 6:15 pm

🚴‍♀️ The ride has space for up to 15 riders. Please register at info@decl.org

How We’ll roll:
🚲 Approx. 20 km ride
🚲 Ride will traverse three or more bridges
🚲 Hydration stops along the way
🚲 It will take 2 – 2.5 hours
🚲 This is a leisure ride, not a race

What to bring:
🚲 A helmet
🚲 Your bike or e-bike
🚲 Water, snacks and appropriate clothing

PLUS you can log your kms in the Community League Bike Challenge! Link in bio to register and start logging.

If weather is a factor, we will make the decision to cancel at least 2 hours in advance and everyone on the list will get an email.

Bowling at Banquet

DECL member outing 🎳

Can you spare some time for our next member outing?

🗓️ June 17
⏰ 11:30am – 1:30pm
📍 The Banquet Bar (ICE District location)

You can meet at the DECL space at 11:30 and walk over or just meet us there at 11:45.

Bowling costs $2 and shoe rental is $2.

Confetti Fourdays

Last year, “Confetti Fridays” brought the community into Michael Phair Park every Friday of the summer to enjoy live music, drag queens, and DJs.

This successful event series was rooted in the celebration of diversity and inclusion and was created as an initiative to bring vibrancy to Edmonton’s downtown. The series was hosted by Michael Phair – Alberta’s first openly gay city councillor and a long-serving 2SLGBTQ+ advocate– in the downtown park named after him.

This year, the event series is coming back as “Confetti Fourdays” and kicks off Edmonton’s Pride Month festivities. The series aims to bring the same energy and inclusiveness with free live performances over the lunch hour but will instead run consecutively from June 4-7 before Michael Phair Park closes for construction for the remainder of the summer.

Date: June 4-7
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Michael Phair Park

This year’s performance lineup is as follows:

June 4th, 12-1pm: DJ Kris Harvey
June 5th, 12-1pm: D’Orjay the Singing Shaman with Bramwell Park
June 6th, 12-1pm: Brasstactics
June 7th, 12-1pm: Pheromone Killz and Stretcher H
June 7th, 4-7pm: HAPPY HOUR BEER GARDENS with DJ Mr. Kou

An addition to this year’s event is an extension of Friday’s programming into an after-work happy hour. From 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on June 7th, people can continue enjoying Confetti Fourdays into the evening with live music from DJ Mister Kou and El Quetzalito Food Truck.

Pride Pancake Breakfast

Mark your calendars and celebrate Pride with DECL!

Join the Downtown Edmonton Community League at our Pride Breakfast on Saturday, June 8th at the DECL Community Space (10042 – 103 st). We will be serving a pancake breakfast from 9am – 11am.  This is an opportunity to share a meal and build relationships with members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and their allies. It is a time to celebrate diversity, culture, and to amplify voices.

Get breakfast for a Toonie. All proceeds will go to the CHEW Project. You can also get a “hanging breakfast” – for an additional toonie, you can pay for us to provide a plate to a member of our vulnerable communities who may stop by that morning.

Volunteer at the breakfast!

Be a part of the action and volunteer with us for the Pride Pancake Breakfast. If you’re interested in supporting this community event with your time, please email info@decl.org.

Downtown Spark VIP party

DECL members get the VIP treatment one day only at #DTspark

Being a member has its perks! the Downtown Edmonton Community League has a special VIP patio available at the Downtown Spark 90s Video Dance Party.

🗓️ May 24
⏰ 5pm-10pm (last call at 9pm)
📍 Alex Decoteau Park

What you need to know

  • The first 150 DECL members get one drink ticket and one DECL beer cooler.
  • No membership? No problem! If you live in the downtown area, we can help you register for your FREE membership.
  • Minors are allowed on-site. So are your furry friends.
  • Drink tickets can be used for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Flipside BBQ food truck will be on-site alongside the Campio Beer Garden.

🎁 Each member gets to enter a prize draw for a gnarly gift basket.

For more information about Downtown Spark, visit https://www.edmontondowntown.com/spark/

Walking Wednesday

Mark your calendars for our newest event

Got neighbours who might like to get out and walk with us? Spread the word!

Walking Wednesdays are our newest initiative. Meet your neighbours, go on a leisurely stroll around the neighbourhood and end up for a nice beverage at a local cafe. 

🗓️ May 8
⏰ 10-11am
📍 Meet at DECL, 10042 103 St.

This is open to all, but we recognize that some folks who may be interested, might not be subscribed to our email list. If you know of someone in your building who might benefit from this type of daytime activity, Please feel free to spread the word. 

New Membership Portal

Exciting features include auto-renewals and digital membership cards.

We’ve moved our memberships to a new system, called Communal, in partnership with the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues. On Communal, you can actively manage your account, access your digital membership card, and sign-up for automatic renewals.

What you need to do:
We will create a new Communal account using the email address we have on file. Once complete for all members, we will use the platform to send out an email with instructions to complete your profile. You will get an email from Communal with instructions to begin the set-up process.

Communal is our new membership portal.
On Communal you can actively manage your account, access your digital membership card, and sign up for automatic renewals. Join today! (a $5 service charge will apply)

Please watch for an email from Communal and click on the link when provided.
Once you’re in, we encourage you to update your profile for future communications and indicate your volunteer interests.

If you have questions about accessing your account, email memberships@decl.org.

AGM 2024

Bylaw amendments and open board positions notice

Join us for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2024 at our community space (10042 103 Street).

Thursday, April 25, 2024
Registration 6:30 p.m.
Meeting 7:00 p.m.

We are pleased to welcome Dinu Philip Alex (Alex), Director of Operations of the Edmonton Downtown Business Association as our special guest speaker. He will share information about the DBA’s Core Services program which includes Downtown Shine, the Downtown Night Patrol and the Downtown Ambassador Programs.

This event is open to all Downtown Edmonton residents and DECL members. To find out if you live in the boundaries of Downtown, check here.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the business of the league over the past year, including 2023 financial statements and to approve and adopt the bylaws recently amended and approved by the Board. Light refreshments will be served, there will also be a cash bar available.

We have open seats for an Executive position and Directors on the DECL Board. Following election, the new board members can communicate their preference to the President for open positions that will be filled at the first meeting of the new Board in May.  Those positions include:

  • Secretary (Executive)
  • Programming committee chair (events)
  • Safety chair
  • Directors-at-Large

If you’re interested in being a board member and want to find out more, please email us at info@decl.org for more information.

Please review the bylaw amendments
The DECL bylaws had not been amended since 2014. Starting in July 2023, the board began a bylaw review process. Current Board Members Alandra Ross, Asheika Sood, and Chris Buyze, as well as past board member Sam Goertz, reviewed them in full and suggested edits that were then successively reviewed with the board as a whole. The board used suggested bylaws from the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) to supplement DECL’s existing bylaws and EFCL staff provided oversight.

Some significant changes include the addition of an Institutional Associate Membership category (more info to come); clarification of Director election, appointment, resignation, and removal; the addition of a section on dispute resolution; clarification of general meeting procedures; and clarification on auditing procedure.

All members are asked to read and review the proposed bylaw changes so you are prepared to vote whether to approve/adopt them at the AGM.

Spring Fling Pool Party registration

IMPORTANT information about the Spring Fling Pool Party

Register in advance to avoid line-ups and get the most out of your swim time.

Register for a FREE 3-day trial pass online and upload a photo (for security reasons). If you can’t do this ahead of time, don’t worry! Someone at the Don Wheaton YMCA will help you. To avoid line-ups, we strongly recommend you do this ahead of time.

  • Once you have created your profile: Select YMCA Memberships and Passes > Don Wheaton Family YMCA. If you are brining your family, select 3 Visit General Trial. Adults can also choose 3 Visit Plus Trial (the Plus change rooms are for adult use only during weekdays). Family members who live in the same household with you can be registered under your own profile Name. All household members must have a picture attached, including underaged members.
  • When you get the “How did you hear about this trial” question, please select: Community League promotion.
  • Proceed to check out (you won’t be charged for this trial, it will show $0, however you do need a method of payment on file.)

You can then use your 3-day trial pass during any 3 days in the same week.

Once you register, you will get a card that grants you access to the universal, men’s and women’s locker rooms. Please bring your own towels for the event.

Underground parking is available on the east side of the building (102 Street). Pull a ticket and you will get it validated before the party finishes.

🗓️ April 7
⏰ 1:30-3:30 PM
📍 Don Wheaton YMCA
FREE for DECL members
$5 for non-member guests*

Once again, we will have food, snacks and prizes at the event. Come down and meet your neighbours!