West Meadowlark Park is a residential neighbourhood in west Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The area was originally part of the Town of Jasper Place and became a part of Edmonton when Jasper Place amalgamated with the City of Edmonton in 1964. The neighbourhood is bounded on the west by 170 Street, on the east by 163 Street, on the south by 87 Avenue, and on the north by 95 Avenue.
West Meadowlark Community League was incorporated in 1968 and the community hall was built in 1969. The West Meadowlark Community League area has a fully accessible playground footprint (no sand), basketball standards, shaded picnic structure, spray park and maintains a hockey rink and social skating rink in the winter. We'll be celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2018.
The community has 2 elementary schools (Annunciation Elementary Catholic School and Afton School of the Arts), and 2 high schools (St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School and Jasper Place Composite High School). Residents of West Meadowlark Park have easy bridge access to West Edmonton Mall and the Misericordia Hospital is within our boundaries. West Meadowlark Park is also home to a wonderful array of recreation and sports facilities. City run facilities such as the Johnny Bright Sports Park, the Jasper Place Fitness and Leisure Centre, the St. Francis Xavier Sports Complex and the Bill Hunter Centre are located on the east side of the neighbourhood between Jasper Place High School and St. Francis Xavier High School.
Volunteers are always needed. Help your community, help yourself! Get involved!
The Public School Board has set up a Working Committee to provide feedback to develop several options for a community-driven strategy for the Westlawn school cluster that includes the future of both Westlawn and Afton Schools. In order to do this, they need your feedback. At a meeting in December, the committee will be examining each school site to look at opportunities for new construction or a modernization/addition to existing buildings. We need to know what is important to you when evaluating a site and things to consider for a new or modernized school building.
Please help the committee by providing your feed-back through a short survey. For information on previous consultations and to take a look at the materials and information shared at the meetings go to: Spaceforstudents.epsb.ca then click on the 'survey'.
Where did the green sandbox go?
This year, community sandboxes are not currently being maintained by the City of Edmonton, and are in the process of being removed. They will now be located at participating maintenance yards. The closest to us is Northwest: 14320-114 Ave
All the sandboxes are located outside the fence lines of the facilities for easy access. By reducing the number of sandboxes across the city, City staff can better monitor the amount of sand in the boxes and ensure sand is always available for those who need it. Please note, the lack of free sand from the City does not negate property owners’ responsibilities to clear their adjacent side-walks of snow and ice.
To recap, our community has been struggling with congested non-resident parking in our neighbourhood for quite some time and the problem is worsening with every passing year. The WMCL receives many calls from frustrated residents regarding parking and it has always been a topic of conversation at many of our meetings and gatherings. Last year, we decided to tackle the situation once again because of the importance to our members and to our community. We held a town-hall meeting with our Councillor Andrew Knack and a parking committee was formed. The parking committee worked in conjunction with the City of Edmonton Transportation Department to isolate and identify problem areas, to ad-dress the safety of pedestrians and to provide the best solution for the parking problems and congestion we face in West Meadowlark.
Although we tried to inform the community as best as possible, there appears to be some confusion regarding the 2 hour restricted parking proposal. To clarify; this option does not include resident parking permits which would allow residents to park in front of their homes. This option may be in place in some other neighborhoods in the City, but it is being phased out in favour of the City’s ePark system. The ePark system will be a more cost effective option to the City as it will not need as much monitoring by City bylaw officers. We are fortunate to be working with Transportation at this time because, we have been selected to pilot the residential ePark system in the near future when it is ready to be distributed residentially. With the ePark system, residents will be able to register a maximum number of license plates which will allow residents to park on the street in front of their homes without restrictions, but until that time our only option is to have 2 hour restricted parking for everyone including residents from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.
Unfortunately, there is also some misunderstanding about the street parking in front of residents’ homes. The City continues to maintain that the street in front of our homes is public domain and anyone can park on it. Residents are always encouraged to use their own parking, garage or back driveway, etc. The front street was always meant to be for visitors or other services to park. When our homes were built in the 1960’s many residents had one vehicle per residence. Times have changed as some homes have 2, 3 and even 4 vehicles per house. In our case, not only do we have extra vehicles from home owners on our streets, but we also have a higher concentration of non-residents (employees from the medical facilities, visitors to those facilities, teachers, students, residential visitors, essential services, etc.) entering our neighbourhood every day and searching for parking on our streets in front of our homes.
No restricted parking system will be perfect in order to address the high concentration of vehicles on our streets, but we hope that what we are proposing will be the start to alleviating some of the issues many of our residents have been facing, and we hope that all residents will be patient with the WMCL, our parking committee and the City as we continue to fine-tune the restricted parking measures.
As of this date, we are currently reviewing the opinions expressed by those who called in with their concerns from the bulletin which was distributed in October. The City will send another bulletin to the homeowners on the streets that will be affected by the 2 hour restricted parking signs.
Given the feedback that we have received, we can tell you that we will be scaling back somewhat on the affected areas that we had initially proposed, however, the most affected streets will be going ahead with the 2 hour restricted parking and signs will be placed on those streets.
More information will be available in the December newsletter.
Thank you for your understanding and patience, West Meadowlark Community League
Hey everyone, thanks to all that helped set up and participated in the Halloween Party. Everyone had an awesome time. It was a thrill to see all the super Halloween displays, thanks to the resident's that put in such effort for the trick or treaters.
There are numerous Remembrance Day ceremonies in Edmonton. Let’s take a few moments to remember our Veterans that fought for our country. For more information, go to this link.
There are a few Civics issue that have come up. Please note, the City will no longer be supplying sand for the green sandbox. Sand can be picked up at a maintenance yard. We need your input in the school survey to see how we can modernize our local schools, Westlawn Junior High and Afton School of the Arts. Snow shovelling is always a struggle for some of our residents. If you can, please help those neighbours in need so we can all do our part in keeping our sidewalks clear. Finally, the City Parking Management is still reviewing the opinions expressed by residents. The streets affected will be scaled back from the original bulletin. A new bulletin will be sent to the streets that are in immediate need of the 2 hour parking restriction.
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Theft from vehicles is an ongoing problem in the City of Edmonton and in our neighbourhood. Make sure you lock your vehicle and remove any valuables from your vehicle. If thieves can SEE it they WILL take it. Most vehicle crime is opportunistic and therefore preventable.
Here are some simple tips to follow:
If you are a victim of theft from a vehicle (Theft From Vehicle Under $5000), then make sure to file a report with the EPS at http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/reportacrimeonline
We also have some ALL VALUABLES REMOVED to put in the window of your vehicle. You can pick one up at the hall on Wednesdays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
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