Afternoon at Bower Ponds – Red Deer, Alberta

Bower Ponds, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Children may be back at school and vacations are over but it certainly felt like summer this afternoon. Bower Ponds (Red Deer, Alberta, Canada) was buzzing today. People were out running and walking, couples were having lunch, bikes went zipping by and children played on the playground. A high school class was even out on the water testing their canoeing skills.

Bower Ponds, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

We stopped by the park for a walk around the pond , and more importantly. a trip to the playground. Bower Ponds has an awesome playground, it is on rubber rather than sand, and has the equipment separated into areas according to different age levels.

After a play on the playground we strolled over the bridge and around the ponds. We watched the canoes, and then the littles spotted the ducks. The ducks were feeding away and the littles thought the ducks going upside down was just the funniest thing ever. We sat and watched the ducks for quite a while and then it was time for home. Hopefully we will have a few more summery days before fall truly arrives.

Bower Ponds, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

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Lac Ste. Anne County – Open House Coming Up Saturday September 14th

Lake Isle, Lac Ste. Anne County, Alberta, Canada

I know I have a few residents of Lac Ste. Anne County that pop by the blog on occasion so I thought I would just put up a quick link for the open house coming up this weekend. The details can be found at this link.

This is a great opportunity to see what may be up and coming in the county.

The Open House is on Saturday, September 14th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Sangudo Community Hall.

Paddle River Dam Recreational Area – Lac Ste. Anne County, Alberta

Paddle River Dam Recreational Area, Alberta, CanadaThis weekend we decided to explore a new area. We were up at the cabin, the wind was picking up, so we decided to drive up to Paddle River Dam Recreational Area, This spot just north of Sangudo in Lac Ste. Anne County, perhaps an hours drive west of Edmonton. We were quite impressed with the area with its open views over the reservoir and the grassy fields. The stormy clouds made for dramatic skies making for a great day for photography. This is a great spot and well worth checking out if you are in the area.

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Something to Smile About!

blue grass sod farms central spray & play, red deer, alberta

I have had the images for this post prepped for days, however reality took over the blog and my original post was put on the back burner.

blue grass sod farms central spray & play, red deer, alberta

Red Deer has a fabulous new addition to the city, the Blue Grass Sod Farms Central Spray & Play. This new spray park is purely fun. There are spray areas for big kids and little kids. Little sprays of water and big dumps of water. Hoops of water to run through, a spraying bridge, water canons and flowers that shower. There is so much to do that the kids at the park are playing and behaving, and I also noticed a large number of parents with smiles on their faces. This is good.

(Please click on the images to view the gallery.)

The park is located at 47th A Avenue and 48th Street. There is parking nearby and it is walkable from downtown.

blue grass sod farms central spray & play, red deer, alberta

It’s a cool place to be and a place to cool down.

Response From The City Of Red Deer

City Hall, Red Deer, Alberta

City Hall, Red Deer, Alberta

This morning I received a response from the City of Red Deer regarding the RV issue in the Waskasoo neighborhood in Red Deer, Alberta. Below is a purely copy and paste of the correspondence:

Hello Debra. Thank you for your email, pictures, and blog posts which all outline your concern about RVs being parked in the Memorial Centre parking lot. For your information, The City’s Land Use Bylaw was amended in 2005 to permit the temporary overnight parking (for up to two nights) of RVs at sites such as the Westerner, or churches and schools where events are being held. Council’s decision and the report outlining the rationale is attached.

3.23 Objects Prohibited or Restricted in Yards

(1) No person in lawful possession or control of a site shall allow or permit a trailer parked on such site to be used for living or sleeping accommodation except as follows:

(c) A self-container trailer parked in the parking lot of a church, school, recreation venue site, community centre or major hotel with conference/convention facilities providing:

(i) the occupant has obtained consent from the owner of the site and is attending a function or event in a facility on that site;

(ii) the owner of the site has obtained approval from the Development Authority;

(iii) overnight parking on the site does not exceed two consecutive nights unless approved by the Development Authority;

(iv) overnight parking on the site shall not exceed two occasions per calendar month unless approved by the Development Authority;

(v) no fees shall be charged for overnight parking;

(vi) the owner of the site will be responsible to ensure that all City of Red Deer Bylaws, including the Public Order Bylaw, are complied with.

It is our understanding that a Square Dancing event was held at the Lindsay Thurber School and the RV’s were in the school parking lot with spillover occurring at the Memorial Centre / Festival Hall.  The City was unaware of this event and approval from the development Officer was not sought so we will be following up with Lindsay Thurber and the Square Dance club to advise them of the requirements in case of any future events.

Additionally, while we do not notify the neighborhood for temporary uses such as this, in the future we will ask the Development Officer to add a condition to the approval that an event notice be posted by A-board sign on the site in advance of, and during, the event so the neighborhood is aware it is taking place.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Frieda McDougall | Manager Legislative Services The City of Red Deer

A Larky Poem

"I Love You Rose"

(Please see the comments under this blog to get the reference, especially the last comment as it inspired my creativity. I always love it when other bloggers inspire me. This is one of the best things about the blogging community. Good friends. Good fun. Good times.)

There once was a man named Larky.
Who got in a great big narky.
He wasn’t too smart.
His writing wasn’t art,
And his comments came off as barky!

(I may start a new Wednesday tradition of sharing a limerick! Thanks again for the inspiration!)