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Situated along the North Saskatchewan river valley, Parkview community is a quiet, well-treed residential area in west-central Edmonton. Parkview Community centre, established in the mid 1950's, has recently been upgraded providing a modern, multi-use venue for both community events and third party rentals.
If you are a regular visitor to our community centre, you may have noticed some significant changes to the grounds and building over the years.
Several years ago, the revitalization committee started the ball rolling with a new playground, landscaping, and parking areas. This was followed by new flooring and lighting, and the addition of windows, doors, and a covered patio area. Later in another volunteer initiative the kitchen was enlarged and upgraded, the skate change room received a facelift, a universal washroom was added to the foyer, and the existing washrooms were upgraded. Then just last year, the sound quality of the main hall was brought up to performance quality with the addition of sound baffles on the walls and stage curtains.
All of these changes and enhancements are keeping our centre beautiful, modern, and relevant to the variety of activities and programs that the league hosts on a regular basis.
So, what comes next? The facilities committee and board of directors has identified the lobby and front entrance as the next area in need of an upgrade. Included on the list of items to be addressed are a new suspended ceiling, lighting, flooring, and most importantly the beautiful but aging mosaic that covers half of the east wall of the foyer.
The mosaic is a fixed feature art piece created when the centre was built in the mid 1970's. Composed of glass, tile and stone, the mosaic depicts a lively and colourful scene of musicians and dancers. The mosaic was designed by a local artist; materials were donated by a business in the city. Other than that, the history of the mosaic – how it came to be and who actually did the work – remains a mystery.
The mosaic is an eye catcher and conversation piece. It identifies Parkview community and the centre as a friendly and festive meeting place, and impresses our many visitors. After thirty plus years, the mosaic has an increasing historic and artistic value but sadly, it is steadily deteriorating and in dire need of restoration. Many of the tiles have now fallen off and disappeared leaving empty patches of cloth mesh backing exposed. Preliminary consultation with arts people have brought up questions and speculation as to the mosaics history, whether the mosaic can be restored and/or otherwise preserved, the cost involved.
The league would love to hear from you if you have any historical information regarding the mosaic, or would like to be part of a working group to explore options for restoration/preservation of the mosaic. Please address your inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
PARKVIEW COMMUNITY LEAGUE BY-LAWS
By Ray Friedman & Bryan Sandilands
The original by-laws of the Parkview Community League, drafted in 1963, are in desperate need of revision. Many elements need to be rewritten, to accommodate notices via email, for example. Some clauses were relevant for the time but have little to no flexibility in an era of extensive commitments to other things in our lives. For example, procedures actually require monthly meetings of the general membership, not just the board. Proxies were not allowed in 1963 but are commonplace today, but we cannot yet allow for them. Should the board have the power to fill vacancies, for example? In other cases, the Annual General Meeting needs to have more power (e.g., to ratify board policy decisions.) There is a new Societies Act we must adhere to. There is also a new Tripartite Agreement between the City and the Federation of Community Leagues that sets out other requirements.
We need to have the new Proposed Bylaws ready to be discussed, and debated before the next AGM. Only a meeting of the full membership can approve Bylaw changes and it requires a 75% quorum of members to be present. So please, read the draft of the revised by-laws, compare it to the existing Bylaws (links below), and join the conversation.
RECREATIONAL FACILITIES PLANNING - Participate in a survey to assess the needs/wants of our community!
We would like to begin a preliminary conversation about land use and recreational facilities planning for the Parkview Park. The League has an opportunity to refurbish and / or redesign a portion of our park space and would like to ask for your thoughts on current and future facilities. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VT3LYXH Thank you for your time and feedback.