The Oliver Community League board has voted against the proposed land swap. What should you know?

The Oliver Community League board voted at our January meeting against 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 and its associated rezoning into a high density residential development.

We have heard you loud and clear, Oliver residents, at various public City of Edmonton and Oliver Community League meetings. Rest assured: the protection of public spaces is of paramount importance to the Oliver Community League.

By voting against the suggested land swap, we have voted for the enhancement and protection of public spaces for current Oliver residents and future generations. We value both Oliver Park and the former St. John’s School site as green and public spaces in Oliver.

Our vote, however, is just one step in this process - while the Oliver Community League’s position informs our advocacy direction, City Council remains the ultimate decision maker. Make sure you reach out to our Councillor, Scott McKeen, to express your opinion regarding the proposed land swap.

As the suggested land exchange ties into other discussions pertaining to community facilities, such as the future of the community league hall and the public pool, we will continue to advocate for the importance of parks and public spaces in Oliver. Keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming opportunities to continue the conversation as we brainstorm together the future of our neighbourhood!

The Oliver Community League board members

This update is also available on our website.

Notice of a Public Information Session - City of Edmonton
Suggested Land Swap Map - City of Edmonton

The #OCLTree Christmas pageant winner receives prize

Congratulations to Miranda, the winner of our Christmas #OCLTree pageant 🎄

Miranda received her $30 Elm Café gift card from the OCL Santa himself 🎅🏼
Thank you to all those who participated in the contest!

Miranda receives her gift card in front of Elm Café 🎅🏼
Miranda's tree, the winner of the #OCLTree Christmas pageant 🎄

We need your feedback by Jan. 31 about the upcoming OCL-SNAP event!

The Oliver Community League is partnering with SNAP to create a print which reflects Oliver’s strengths, assets and future progress.

This collaborative piece will evolve out of community-led conversations. We need your input! You have until January 31 to complete our short survey.

Oliver-based artist Kiona Ligtvoet will create a print at an event at the SNAP print shop on Friday, March 15, where community members will have an opportunity to replicate and take the artwork home.

Join the Oliver Book Club’s next discussion on Jan. 21

The Oliver Book Club’s meeting tomorrow, Monday, January 21, will discuss The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng.

Get your free membership to the Edmonton Public Library for a hard copy or e-book version. Join the club by emailing us at

6 p.m., MEC community room, 11940 104 Ave.

Advertise with The Yards, our community magazine!

The Oliver Community League, in partnership with the Downtown Edmonton Community League, jointly create and publish The Yards magazine.

The Yards is distributed widely throughout our communities, with over 28,000 copies mailed out four times a year, covering community news, emerging stories, interesting history and timely events.

We publish The Yards with the support of many of the businesses in our neighborhood. Our Spring issue will be mailed out on March 1. If you are interested in advertising with the magazine, please check out the media kit information below (available in PDF upon request) and contact Yards Publisher Simon Yackulic at with your ad by February 1.
The Yards Magazine 2019 Media Kit - Key Facts
The Yards Magazine 2019 Media Kit - Advertising Rates & Sizes
The Yards Magazine 2019 Media Kit -  Print Product Specifications

Imagine Jasper Avenue Drop-In Information Session on Jan. 31!

Jasper Avenue’s transformation to Edmonton’s premier Main Street — a people place — is slated to begin in spring 2020 with pre-construction work by EPCOR anticipated to begin in fall 2019.

Imagine Jasper Avenue began as a vision to redevelop the section of Jasper Avenue from 109 Street to 124 Street into an innovative, vibrant and relevant streetscape that would balance the needs of the community, commuters, businesses and visitors.

The project, which began in September 2015, was driven by City policies, public interest and road condition and informed by four phases of public engagement.

Imagine Jasper Avenue -  Drop-in Information Session on Jan. 31, 5-8 p.m.

You can skate in Oliver and Edmonton Core

This winter, we encourage Oliver residents to use both the Oliver Arena and Downtown Community League Arena.

This webpage provides information on the Downtown Community Arena. Members of the Oliver Community League can access the arena during the community league time with their membership cards. Oliver residents can also access other outdoor rinks, including Victoria Park Oval, Victoria Park IceWay, and Hawrelak Park (City of Edmonton) and the south grounds of the Alberta Legislature.

Useful Links:

City of Edmonton brings you Winter Green Shack programs

Games, crafts, sports, music drama and other special event programs are available for free to children between the ages of six and 12, or supervised by parents under the age of six.

Every week, upcoming activities are posted on the side of the Green Shacks. The Green Shacks closest to Oliver for the month of January are located at Laurier Heights Park (14405 85 Avenue) and the Westwood Community League location (12139 105 St).

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

Photo Credit: City of Edmonton

Enter the 2019 Winterscape photo contest!

Winters in Edmonton aren't always fun - they can be cold, dry, and isolating. Embrace the snow and snap a picture of your creative winter scene for a chance to win! Ready to jump in? Here's how:

Step 1: Create a Winterscape. We have three categories: Winter Garden, Winter Art or Winter Play.

Step 2: Take the photo.

Step 3: Submit your picture. You can submit your own creation, or as part of your local school, community league or workplace. You can also submit on behalf of a group or for a neighbour!

Submissions are open online January 17-February 28. Submit online here.

Top winners will be recognized at the Edmonton in Bloom Awards.

Draws are made every week so get out in the snow and start creating.

New rules aimed to make condo living better

The Government of Alberta recently announced new rules that are aimed at making life living in condos easier for Albertans. Rules will start to come into effect this summer on July 1, with the remainder kicking in on January 1, 2020.

The new regulations will improve meeting and voting rules, access to condo documents, fairness of bylaw fines, protections for condo owners’ investments, management of reserve funds and requirements for insurance and rental deposits.

For more information on the new rules, visit this page.

Dec. 14 Announcement - Photo Credit: Government of Alberta
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