Facility Coordinator Position Available

Job Listing! Facility Coordinator Position Available.

DECL is looking for someone to help manage our Community Space! This 80 person facility is available to the Downtown community-at-large, and we need someone to help us achieve our goals and work along side the Board of Directors to manage the space. A successful applicant would be responsible for:

– Managing the rental of the space, including taking inquiries and booking the space
– Manage all aspect of the rentals – rental agreements, liability insurance, rental monies, etc.
– Create and manage a strategy for increasing rentals of the space
– Establish and build relationships with current and prospective users of the space.
– Clean the facility as required
– Work closely with the Board on any issues related to facilities management of the space.
– Attending regular board meetings and provide regular updates to the board

The position is a part-time commission based role. Applicant ideally currently resides Downtown or close proximity to.

A successful candidate will have:
– Demonstrated ability for creative/strategic thinking and innovative problem solving and analytical skills
– A solid understanding of print and digital media strategy
– Excellent communication (oral and written) and public speaking skills
– Be comfortable working in a fast-paced and exciting entrepreneurial environment
– The ability to travel and to attend events outside of normal business hours
– Ability to work closely and collaboratively with a volunteer board and organization
– A passion for Community Building

If you’re interested, please email your resume to my_decl@telus.net by end of day, Friday, June 19, 2015.

Outdoor Community Swim Program

We are pleased to announce DECL’s participation in the Outdoor Summer Community Swim Program, at locations around central Edmonton, FREE with your DECL membership!

FREE community swim times are as follows:

Oliver Outdoor Pool —
June 14 – Sept 6, 2015: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool —
May 31 – August 28, 2015: Sunday & Tuesday 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Monday & Wednesday 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mill Creek Outdoor Pool —
May 30 – Sept 6, 2015: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fred Broadstock Outdoor Pool —
May 30 – August 29, 2015: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

To purchase a current $5 DECL Membership, please visit efcl.org.

Annual General Meeting 2015


Join us at our community space for our Annual General Meeting 2015!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Registration is at 6:30 pm
Meeting is at 7:00 pm
DECL Community Space, 10042 103 Street

We will be discussing downtown issues, going over the business of the league, as well as hearing updates from some of our committees, partners, and special presentations!

Our special guest speakers this year are:

1) Todd Babiak of Story Engine. He’ll be talking about the City of Edmonton’s new branding strategy. Todd is the founder of Story Engine, an award-winning author, and the brains behind ‘Make Something Edmonton’

2) EPS Superintendent Graham Hogg. Inspector Hogg will be talking about the changes to Downtown Division, and EPS’s preparations for the new Arena District when it opens.

We will have a few board positions opening up. If you’re interested in getting involved in your community, passionate about Downtown, and have 2-3 hours a week to commit to volunteering activities, please consider joining our board. If you have questions or would like to submit yourself for nomination, please email us.

Also, you can volunteer for the league by joining a committee:
– Development Committee
– Safety Committee
– Parks Committee (including Alex Decoteau Park Steering Committee)
– Policy Committee
– Programs Committee (volunteer for events)
– Membership & Volunteer Committees

$5 2014-2015 DECL memberships will be available at the door.

Come on down, get to know your neighbours, get to know what’s happening in your vibrant downtown community!

Light refreshments will be available. Cash bar.

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Pogo CarShare Promo

Have you heard of Pogo CarShare? Pogo is Edmonton’s new car sharing service. Affordable, convenient and flexible for one-way trips.

We are excited to announce a partnership with Pogo CarShare to provide discounts to DECL members!

Use promo code ‘DOWNTOWN’. Sign-up is FREE and first trip is also FREE*!

*(up to 30 minutes, valid before April 30, 2015, free trip will issue via refund)

Regular General Meeting – March 12

Join us for another General Meeting for DECL members. We will be getting together to discuss the on-going business of the league and downtown issues at large.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
6:45 pm – Registration & refreshments
7:00 pm – Meeting
DECL Community Space (10042 103 Street)

It’s your chance to find out what’s going on in your community, share your thoughts, questions, and ideas, and meet your neighbour!

Representatives from the City of Edmonton will be on hand to discuss the final design for Alex Decoteau Park to be built in the Warehouse Campus Area!

We will also be getting a quick update from Ward 6 Councillor Scott McKeen.

$5 2014-2015 DECL Memberships will be available at the door. Light refreshments & cash bar will be available.

Note: Our Annual General Meeting will be held on May 12, 2015. Details to come!

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Holiday Mixer – December 11

Join us for our annual Holiday Mixer, a time for downtown residents and community league members to celebrate living downtown and meet other members of your neighbourhood. A time to be merry!

Thursday, December 11, 6-9 pm
DECL Community Space, 10042 103 Street

This year’s festivities will again be ugly sweater themed! Wear your boldest and brightest holiday fashions!

If you’d like to bring some holiday baking, feel free to share! Light refreshments and seasonal beverages provided. Cash bar also available.

You must be a DECL member to attend. $5 2014-15 memberships will be available.

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Regular General Meeting – November 19

Join us for our second General Meeting for DECL members. We will be getting together to discuss the on-going business of the league and downtown issues at large.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
DECL Community Space – 10042 103 Street

6:45 pm – Registration & refreshments
7:00 pm – Meeting

It’s your chance to find out what’s going on in your community, share your thoughts, questions, and ideas, and meet your neighbour!

Godfrey Huybregts, Communications Consultant for the Edmonton Galleria Project, will be our special guest.

$5 2014-2015 DECL Memberships will be available at the door. Light refreshments & cash bar will be available.

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CornFest 2014

CornFest 2014

Join us for our Annual CornFest on Saturday, September 6, 11 am – 3 pm at Beaverhills House Park!

Enjoy free Alberta corn-on-the-cob, crafts for kids, and music. Greenspectacle.com will be transforming corn husks into beautiful fashions. Come on down and meet your downtown neighbours!

This event also kicks off our annual membership drive. Find our DECL booth and get your 2014-15 $5 membership! Renewing members will be entered for door prizes!

If you’d like to help out by volunteering, please contact us.

I Heart Yegdt!

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Alley of Light Pocket Park Moves Ahead


Update on the Alley of Light

Although much time has been spent on getting the strip park behind Sobey’s redeveloped, the first stage will begin in the next few days!

The City of Edmonton has awarded a contract to Paving Stone Plus and construction will likely begin in the week of July 28-August 1.

The work to be undertaken includes removal of existing paving stone, concrete curbing and paving, granular surfacing and amenities and will be replaced with new lock stone, concrete verge with standard and LED light up bollards, retaining walls, power distribution box, security lighting to match 104 Street, bistro chairs and tables (seating for 64), garbage receptacles, shrub and tree planting with bark mulch and irrigation.

It will take some time before all of the work is completed.

Michael Phair
Edmonton on the Edge/Alley of Light

Sobeys Closure Leaves Us All Raw

The decision and announcement by Sobeys yesterday to close their popular 104 Street store downtown was met with shock and bewilderment. Having a walkable grocery store downtown is often heralded as the success of revitalization efforts in our core, that drawing residents back to live downtown was hitting a certain threshold. Our downtown was becoming a neighbourhood in its own right.

Sobeys Urban Fresh concept was a new ‘urban format’ for the chain, one we all embraced when it was announced in 2006. Sobeys has been an important community partner in the past for us, and why we are sad to see it leave. With the announcement of many stores closing Canada-wide, including two ‘Urban Fresh’ concept stores in Toronto, it’s hard not to question corporate motives for this decision.

This closure, while upsetting, will not stop the growth and revitalization of our downtown. As we hope for an equal or better grocer in that space to anchor 104 Street and serve downtown, there certainly will be further opportunity to fill voids in food retail in Edmonton’s downtown as it develops and matures.