Oliver Community League supports council’s decision to reject suggested Oliver Park land swap

On April 29, 2019, Council listened to a community that wants forward-thinking planning and the preservation of its green space.

The Oliver Community League is thrilled that council voted to save Oliver Park by rejecting the suggested land exchange of the former St. John’s School site on 120 Street for an equal portion of the Oliver Park on 104 Avenue and 118 Street.

Since October 2017, OCL volunteers spent over 500 hours time doing independent research and community engagement with various stakeholders including residents of Oliver, developers, local businesses and City of Edmonton departments.

Our parks aren’t for sale. Even with Oliver Park, Oliver has the lowest green space per capita in Edmonton. We are excited to work together with administration to explore the vital next steps, and create an Oliver the community can unite around.

While this is a great result for Oliver, the work is not done. Our community has been requesting that a needs assessment for green space be completed for years, and the proposal we saw today was partially here due to the lack of an assessment. We call on council and administration to begin this as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or comments, please email us at

Council's decision on April 29, 2019

Council’s decision and OCL in the media

We’ve had a busy public hearing media week.

Council’s decision on the suggested Oliver Park land swap and the advocacy work done by Oliver Community League volunteers was featured by CTV Edmonton, Edmonton Journal, CBC Radio and 630 CHED.
Oliver Park at 10326 118 St. in Edmonton on Aug. 25, 2017 - Photo credit: David Bloom, Postmedia

Oliver, meet your newly elected 2019-20 board

Oliver residents elected a new board at the 2019 Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday, April 24.

Here are your newly elected board members:

  • Robyn Paches, President
  • Luwam Kiflemariam, Vice-President
  • Kirsten Mah, Secretary
  • Derek Macdonald, Civics Director
  • Jade Arnaout, Communications & Engagement Director
  • Allison Rosland, Membership Director
  • Les de Zwaan, Programs & Events Director
  • Justin Keats, Garden Director
  • Lisa Brown, Hall Redevelopment Director
  • Marc Workman, Social Advocacy Director
  • Adrian Bruff, Geoff George and Sara Toderian, Directors-at-Large

We’re still looking for a Treasurer and a Volunteer Director. If you’re interested in a one of these roles, please send an email to Luwam Kiflemariam, OCL Vice-President

The newly elected 2019-2020 Oliver Community League board

Oliver and Downtown Edmonton Community Leagues hosted the Edmonton City-Centre 2019 Provincial Election Forum

On April 9, 2019, the Oliver Community League together with the Downtown Edmonton Community League, hosted an election forum for candidates in the 2019 Alberta general election. Many members of the community were on hand to hear candidates answer questions from both the moderator as well as questions from the public in attendance.

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the forum, and a special thank you to the candidates who attended the forum: David Shepherd, candidate for the New Democratic Party (NDP), Bob Philp, candidate for the Alberta Party, and Chris Alders, candidate for the Green Party of Alberta.

From left to right: Edmonton City-Centre Provincial candidates Chris Alders (Green Party), David Shepherd (New Democratic Party) and Bob Philp (Alberta Party)

Get involved with our OCL committees!

Civics Committee: June 10
This highly engaged committee meets on the second Monday of the month (unless otherwise posted) to discuss developments in Oliver.
7 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 9907 114 St.

Social Advocacy Committee: June 13
The committee aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged community league members - ultimately benefiting all Oliver residents.
7 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 9907 114 St.

You’re invited to our Oliver pub crawl on May 17

Join your neighbours this coming Friday, May 17, at our monthly OCL walking pub crawl.

Have a drink, meet with old and new friends, and have a fun spring night out!

Our meeting point is Oliver Park at 8 p.m.

Stay tuned for our final schedule on the Facebook event page!

Oliver residents enjoying the January 2019 pub crawl

The first annual Grandin lookout Block Party is taking place on May 29

Love your neighbours!

If you live in Oliver, especially near 99 Ave. and 114 St., come meet your neighbours at the first annual Grandin lookout block party, Wednesday May 29, from 4-8 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 9907 114 St.

There will be plenty of music, food, and local camaraderie.

Green Shacks will be in Kitchener Park until May 24 this spring

The City of Edmonton’s Green Shacks are guaranteed fun for kids and adults alike.

The spring Green Shacks will be in Oliver until May 24, 2019 (before coming back in July) on the following days and times:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 1-5 p.m.

For more information, please visit the City of Edmonton’s Green Shacks webpage.

Green Shacks - Photo credit: City of Edmonton

The spring 2019 public skate schedule is now available

You can now access the spring public skate schedule for City of Edmonton community arenas, including the Downtown Community Arena is available here.

Oliver Community League members have access for the Downtown Edmonton Community League skate time.

Enjoy free public swims this summer at City of Edmonton Outdoor Pools

Public Swims at City of Edmonton outdoor pools will be free this summer, including at the Oliver Outdoor Pool, located at 10315 119 St. NW.

From June 8 to June 29, public swim times will be:

  • 3-8 p.m. Monday to Friday,
  • 12-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

From June 30 to September 3, public swim times will be 12-8 p.m. seven days a week. For a complete schedule, visit the City of Edmonton’s schedule.

In addition to the pool, the Kitchener Park (102 Avenue – 114 Street) Spray Park will start operating May 25 and run until September 18. The spray park will operate from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, weather permitting. For more information, please visit this webpage.

The Edmonton Bike Swap is on Saturday, May 11

The Edmonton Bike Swap is happening on Saturday, May 11, at the Edmonton Expo Centre, located at 7515 118 Ave NW. It's a safe spot to buy, sell or donate a bike (or two).

Drop off will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., buying will occur from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and donations will be accepted from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit the Alberta Bike Swap website.

Edmonton Bike Swap 2019

You have until May 17 to share your feedback with Edmonton Public Schools

Edmonton Public Schools (EPSB) hosted city-wide engagement sessions May 6-9 on alternative programs.

EPSB offers more than 30 alternative programs in schools across the city; they want to hear your ideas on how we should place alternative programs in schools and how we get students to these programs.

Help the EPSB by sharing your thoughts and ideas. make sure you complete this survey by May 17!

Summer Camps are coming!

The City of Edmonton is offering hundreds of camps at recreation centres, neighbourhoods, and river valley parks across the city. Get involved with sports, outdoor adventures, science, arts, and more – there’s something for everyone! Don’t wait. Registration is open now!

Visit the website at, call 311 or drop by any City of Edmonton recreation and Leisure Centre to get started.

City of Edmonton Summer Day Camps

Alberta Health Services share window and balcony safety tips

City of Edmonton - 2019 Census
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