The City of Edmonton reminds all Edmonton property owners that property tax payments are due June 30, 2012 . This deadline does not apply to property owners who are on the monthly payment plan. The last day to pay property taxes in person before the deadline is Friday June 29, 2012. An additional tax payment table (cash not accepted at this location) will operate at City Hall on June 29, 2012 for taxpayers’ convenience
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Nominations for Front Yards in Bloom are open until Thursday June 28, 2012 and residents are encouraged to nominate the exceptional front yards of Edmonton. Edmonton’s Front Yards in Bloom program honours residents who are making the city more attractive and contributing to the livability and vibrancy of our communities. Nominations are being accepted in 3 categories – natural, edible or just plain pretty- until June 28, 2012 via: Online at www.frontyardsinbloom.ca E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 311 Fax 780-423-2883, with Attention: Front Yards in Bloom Volunteers will visit each nominated yard to deliver a certificate, and sign or decal. The top yards are then chosen to receive awards, with winners announced during the Edmonton in Bloom Awards on August 9, 2012 at City Hall.
The pool at Grand Trunk Fitness and Leisure Centre will reopen at 6pm on March 16, 2012. It was closed when two youths complained of throat irritations after using the water slide. They received medical assistance and were transported to hospital. The City has fully tested the mechanical systems in the pool area of the fitness and leisure centre and determined the pool is safe for public use. As a precautionary measure, the water slide will remain closed. Safety officials with the City of Edmonton continue to investigate the incident to determine the exact cause
The Arctic Shores exhibit at the Edmonton Valley Zoo is now complete – come and check out this northern Arctic wonderland! Take a tour of Arctic Shores with an interpreter and learn all about Inuit and Arctic animal life. Children will enjoy making an Arctic animal craft or face painting with Arctic animal airbrushed art. Get closer to the animals living at the zoo and check out the new home of the zoo’s resident seals and sea lion. Learn about the new and exciting changes still to come at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. An Inuit Elder will be on hand to show you living tools, share stories and help you build your very own Inukshuk. Complimentary cupcakes will cap off the festivities.
Grand Trunk Fitness and Leisure Centre is ready to re-open its doors. Following the completion of routine maintenance work and upgrades, the aquatic area opens on Friday, March 16, 2012. Closed since February 1, the work at Grand Trunk included maintenance of pool systems, tile work in the change rooms and on the pool deck, touch-up paint, and new flooring in some sections. The upgrades and maintenance work at Grand Trunk (13025-112 Street) are part of the City’s continued commitment to providing Edmontonians with high quality recreation facilities that help us all lead healthy and active lifestyles. For information on admissions to City recreation and leisure centres, please visit www.edmonton.ca/attractions
City closes all outdoor rinks and toboggan hills With spring thaw underway, City of Edmonton Park Rangers remind citizens that all ice is unsafe. People and pets should stay off all lakes, creeks and especially, the North Saskatchewan River. Though ice surfaces may appear thick enough to walk on, they are hazardous. It is never safe to go on the North Saskatchewan River, even when it is frozen. City Park Rangers advise citizens to stay off ice surfaces in the following areas: Mill Creek; Whitemud Creek; All creeks that feed into local ponds or the North Saskatchewan River; All man-made or natural ice surfaces including Hermitage Park ponds, Lake Beaumaris, and all other storm management ponds and lakes; Storm water run-off ditches and ponds located in and around Edmonton. All City of Edmonton outdoor rinks and toboggan hills are currently closed. Closed rinks include Victoria Park Oval, Rundle Park, Hawrelak Park Rink, Jackie Parker Rink Park, Mill Woods Campus Rink Park, Castle Downs Rink and City Hall Rink. Closed toboggan hills include both hills at Rundle Park, Gallagher Park, Whitemud Park, Government Hill Park, Emily Murphy Park Hill and Castle Downs Hill.
The Edmonton Valley Zoo’s seals and sea lion are set to welcome Edmontonians to their new home, Arctic Shores. The new Arctic habitat, which opens March 16, is the first of several projects transforming the Edmonton Valley Zoo. Arctic Shores recreates an Arctic shoreline, including northern landscapes, such as the pingo, and incorporates a new aquatic home for Hula and Makani, the zoo’s seals, and Nauticus, the sea lion. “The Edmonton Valley Zoo is a place of learning and discovery cherished by many Edmontonians. The new Arctic Shores habitat is part of an overall transformation of the Zoo to become more sustainable and offer a more intimate experience for visitors,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “Many thanks to the Province for their contribution to the construction of this unique facility.” Visitors to Arctic Shores will be able to get up-close views of the seals and sea lion through an underwater viewing area as they swim, work with staff in the training area, or slide in and out of the underwater access way to their indoor pool. The Government of Alberta contributed $7 million to the $16.7 million project through the Municipal Sustainability Initiative. “I have no doubt the seals, sea lion and other animals will thoroughly enjoy their new home and everyone who visits the Edmonton Valley Zoo will enjoy watching them” said Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs. “This project is a great example of MSI being used to build not just a better zoo but a better Edmonton as well.” The seals and sea lion’s quality of life is much improved with the new indoor/outdoor pool and shoreline. With more room to swim, play and interact with each other – and the public – the animals have already settled into and began to explore their new home
Mayor’s Awards honour people and projects that improve life for people with disabilities Have you been wowed by someone providing outstanding service to a person with a disability? Impressed by a facility that shows innovation in designing for accessibility? The Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities is calling on you to nominate these leaders for a Mayor’s Award . Each year, Mayor’s Awards are given to individuals and organizations in Edmonton who demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the quality of life of persons with disabilities
The demolition of the York Hotel has begun. The removal of this building continues the City’s progress in the transformation of downtown, and creates an opportunity for new construction to complement the up-and-coming Boyle Renaissance area. The City had talked to non-profit groups and developers about using and redeveloping the space or preserving the façade of the building, but it was too expensive. The building is no longer safe to lease out or leave vacant and it does not meet the City’s criteria for historical designation. “We had hoped to preserve as much of York as possible to anchor this corner of the Boyle Renaissance redevelopment project,” said Gary Klassen, General Manager of the City’s Sustainable Development department. “We’re pleased to announce that the City has preserved some of the original exterior brickwork for incorporation into future development in the area. Now that the site is being cleared for a fresh start, the City is actively seeking potential partners who are interested in developing the land.” Councillor Jane Batty acknowledged the colourful history of the York Hotel. “In its prime, this building was a community gathering place for generations.
Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre aquatic area will re-open on February 6, 2012 following the completion of required warranty maintenance work. As part of the construction process, a warranty shutdown was required to ensure that all mechanical, filtration and chemical systems in the aquatics area were working as designed. Now that the maintenance work is done, we welcome Edmontonians back to swim and splash in the pools at Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre. Operating hours, facility schedule and program information is available online at www.edmonton.ca/TCRC .