Sept 2023 SRA Newsletter
November 7, 2023
SEPTEMBER 2023 NEWSLETTER
The SRA will be holding an in-person meeting for residents on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 7-9 PM in the community room at the Strathcona Community Centre. We’ll be discussing the items below. If you like to add an item on the agenda, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. A reminder and agenda will be sent to all members the day before. To become a member, click here.
The Future of Strathcona
Continuing the discussion we had at our May meeting about the Future of Strathcona (here are the minutes), we will be discussing these follow-up questions:- Is there value in creating a list of guiding principles (here are some ideas based on the May meeting)? If so, what’s the best way to do that?- What can we do on our own to realize some of these goals? Is there interest in forming working groups on issues like climate change, RT-3 zoning or other issues?- How can we best advocate to the city and province?
One of Strathcona’s most appealing strengths is the willingness of many residents to get involved with projects that build community, from a free table to a block party to the community gardens to the many examples of people stepping up when a neighbour is in need. But some blocks do this better than others. And new residents sometimes need an invitation.It was recently suggested that we find a way to encourage community-building on a block level. And so we’re pondering an idea we’re tentatively calling “Block Builders”. As a Block Builder, you volunteer to organize and manage at one community building activity on your block: a contact list, a potluck, a rummage sale, a block party, a welcome pack for new residents, a clean up day, a recycling day, an art or gardening project…. use your imagination. It’s up to you. Anything that will give you and your immediate neighbours a chance to get to know each other a little better. The SRA can help out with advice, connections, and potential grant money, but you own the project. There can be more than one Block Builder on a block. If this is something that intrigues you, e-mail us at BlockBuilders@strathcona-residents.org – or come to the Sept. 12 meeting.
Strathcona Park Update
Thanks to the 30 folks who signed our petition to bring pickleball to Strathcona Park. Unfortunately, now all four tennis courts are out of commission, due to the mysterious sink hole. Corroded pipes under the courts are the leading suspect, which is why the north courts were recently torn up. We’ve been told that “Park Planners are aware of Strathcona Park as an option” for pickleball, but “the sinkhole threw a wrench in that timeline/scale, which was very unfortunate.” As for other park improvements, planners remain silent.
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