You may have recently noticed a few signs for Somerville and some construction around Tuscany to the north and west as well as the large Somerville yard in the SE corner of Stoney/Nose Hill on the way to Bowness. What's it all about? It is the ATCO Urban Pipeline Replacement Program.

It is a bit hard to tell what construction is the widening of 12 Mile Coulee Road and what is the pipeline work, but at the end of the day the expected conclusion is the decomissioning of the gas pipeline that runs east/west across Tuscany and new pipeline will be installed around the community. The project is an ATCO Project so if you know more info please feel free to comment. 

 

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As we mark the mid-point of August 2017 I wish you all had the opportunity to enjoy this absolutely amazing summer. I can't remember another year full of so much sunshine and outdoor days. 

 

It has felt like a summer of taking a deep breath and a bit of relaxation after a difficult two years. The real estate market is showing signs of recovery. With a step forward, back, sideways and forward again, the adjustments ebb and flow depending on the supply and demand in various micro markets around the city. Folks first jumped on detached homes and continue to do so with attached homes and especially apartments still lagging behind.

 

That being said, the current political climate, unemployment rates, migration levels and impact of the fall's lending policies continue to keep folks from getting too excited.

 

The Calgary Real Estate Board released the mid year report earlier today and it is a very good summary of our market and the various economic factors that fuel our market. Have a read. 

 

In terms of buying and selling, right now is very much a time of adjusting expectations and ongoing review of market conditions.  I'm very curious how the sales numbers unfold once we all return from our summer break and realize we only have a few weeks before the winter begins to show itself. 

 

Remember, that if you are getting ready to list this fall or winter, now is the time to work on those minor repairs, paint the trim and touch up the curb appeal.

 

As always, please contact me directly if you wish some personal advice. I'm always happy to help.

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Field Station is a Community Cultural Development public art project for transit riders and residents of the Tuscany, Royal Oak and Rocky Ridge neighbourhoods in Calgary, Alberta. 

 

Sign up for any of the events.

 

1. Faces of the Forest

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26th, 2017. 10am - 12noon.
Meeting place: Tuscany LRT Station, outside of the upper lobby.
Join Artist Patricia Lortie and Naturalist Jean Wallace for a fun and interactive experience exposing the many faces of Tuscany’s forests. Participants will create with found natural materials in a multi-media activity accessible to all ages, including young families. Wear your runners, as we’ll take a 5 minute walk from the Tuscany LRT Station to the northern edge of the 12-Mile Coulee to begin the event. During the excursion, the group will explore narrow foot paths beneath the tree canopy. Maximum group size: 25 participants.

 

2. Weaving Between the Trees

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27th, 2017. 2pm - 4pm.
Meeting place: Rocky Ridge / Royal Oak Neighborhood, details to be shared by email.
Join Artist Patricia Lortie and Naturalist Jean Wallace to explore the natural landscape of Rocky Ridge + Royal Oak neighborhoods. Participants will explore the practice of weaving using found natural materials in a multi-media, creative activity accessible to all ages. The exercise is especially suited to families with older children. Wear your runners, as the group will explore narrow foot paths beneath the tree canopy. Maximum group size: 25 participants.

 

3. Drawing on Transit

MONDAY, AUGUST 28th, 2017. 10am - 12noon.
Meeting place: Tuscany LRT Station, inside the upper lobby.
Join Artist Isabel Porto to explore Calgary’s history through an interactive excursion on the C-train. Participants will trace the city’s development through drawing exercises. While open to all ages, this excursion is best suited to adults and families with older children. Participants will ride the train together to / from downtown, with all spaces being fully accessible. Train tickets will be provided for the event. Maximum group size: 18 participants.

 

4. (Text)ure

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 15th, 2017.
Explore the wilderness right in your back yard. Text your neighbour. Post an image. No devices needed. Artist Claudia Weigelsberger will lead the Tuscany Youth Council in capturing the mood and textures of the natural spaces of Tuscany and Rocky Ridge. They’ll create works on paper using found materials, to keep as souvenirs of their trip, and send messages to their neighbours using landscape art techniques.

 

5. Printed in Place, Naturally

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th, 2017. 2:30pm - 4:30pm.
Meeting Place: Tuscany Neighborhood, details to be shared by email.
Artist Eveline Kolijn will lead participants in a printmaking and painting activity inspired by the natural environment. Using natural pigments, participants will create an original composition drawn from the local flora. This excursion is family-friendly and open to all ages. Maximum group size: 25 participants.

 

6. Drawing on Transit

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th, 2017. 2pm - 4pm.
Meeting place: Tuscany LRT Station, inside the upper lobby.
Join Artist Isabel Porto to explore Calgary’s history through an interactive excursion on the C-train. Participants will trace the city’s development through drawing exercises. While open to all ages, this excursion is best suited to adult and families with older children. Participants will ride the train together to / from downtown, with all spaces being fully accessible. Train tickets will be provided for the event. Maximum group size: 18

 

7. Printed in Place, Naturally

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th, 2017.
Artist Eveline Kolijn will lead fourth grade students from the Tuscany School in a printmaking and painting activity inspired by the natural environment. Using natural pigments, participants will create an original composition drawn from the local flora.

 

8. (Text)ure

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19th, 2017.
Explore the wilderness right in your back yard. Text your neighbour. Post an image. No devices needed. Artist Claudia Weigelsberger will lead local students in capturing the mood and textures of the natural spaces of the Rocky Ridge + Royal Oak Neighborhoods. They'll create works on paper using found materials, to keep as souvenirs of their trip, and send messages to their neighbours using landscape art techniques.

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I drove by the construction at the Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility the other day before Country Hills was closed down for a few days. It is located in the NE corner of Country Hills Blvd NW and Rocky Ridge Rd NW at 1130 Rocky Ridge Rd NW. The rec centre is awesome to see and am looking forward to opening day.  Scheduled to open in early 2018 the facility will provide anticipated new facilities to keep us all active and busy. The design details both the exterior and interior use spaces. 


According to the City of Calgary website proposed amenities include:

 

25m, 8 lane competition pool
Spectator viewing area
Leisure pool with a wave system and water slides
Hot tubs and steam room
1 multi-purpose ice rink
1 leisure ice rink
3 full gymnasiums with multi-purpose flooring
Fitness centre with cardio and strength training equipment
Fitness/aerobics studios
Running/walking track
Large and small rooms for use as studios, classrooms and meeting spaces
3,000 sq. ft. library with access to print and digital materials, hold pick up, public seating and study space
Art making, studio and gallery space
300 seat theatre (approximate)
Childcare/child-minding
Food services
Physiotherapy/medical clinic
Outdoor basketball court
Pathways and nature trails/interpretative
Outdoor play structures
Skateboard park

 

I'm really hoping there are some diving boards too. :) 

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Whenever I drive by, I peek over to see what's new at the construction site for the new Tuscany Fire Station. It is quite the structure and I hope the men and women soon to be working there won't be too busy. To have a fire station directly in the community will reduce response time and that's everything good for those who may need it.  One engine will be stationed at the Tuscany Fire Station with 20 firefighters hired.

 

I am also looking forward to seeing the 'innovative outdoor gym facilities".

 

 

 

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