Books and Budgets

Books and Budgets

I am happy to share some good news with everyone.  The eagerly anticipated new Capilano Branch of Edmonton Public Library is finally open.  The Grand Opening is planned for November 23 at 10:30 am and I look forward to seeing you in our new, beautiful, and accessible building at 9915-67 Street.

In budget news for Ward 8, both the Rollie Miles Athletic Field District Park Renewal and the 101 Avenue Streetscape projects are in the proposed Capital Budget.  These projects are currently unfunded and will be part of the dialog during Council budget deliberations.  I hope to get support for the next phase of the Rollie Miles Leisure Centre and Park: concept planning and design.  That way it could be considered for construction in the next Capital Budget cycle.

My intention is to push for funding to keep the planning and design work going on the 101 Avenue project so it is ready for when the rebuild of the roadway can begin.  The community has worked very hard on this and I do not want to see it lose momentum.

Including a shared-use path from Gateway Boulevard to 107 Street, along the rail line the Street Car uses, in the proposed South Side Bike Grid would help advance work on this long awaited route.

Folks who use the Strathcona 55 Plus Seniors Facility know the building has space and accessibility limitations for its users.  I am determined to keep the conversation alive on planning for a new facility.

City Council will start weighing priorities on November 28 at 9:30 am in Council Chambers.  Members of the public are welcome to attend or you could watch the proceedings through the Council On The Web live streaming service.

Please feel free to contact me anytime at or at 780-496-8146. Follow me on Twitter@ben_hen



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