Help us celebrate our 100th birthday!
The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL), which represents 157 community leagues in Edmonton, will be 100 years old in 2021. To celebrate this milestone, the EFCL is working with the City on a significant upgrade to Hawrelak Park - one that will celebrate and recognize the amazing contributions community leagues and their volunteers have made to the very fabric and quality of life in Edmonton - while adding park features that everyone can enjoy.
EFCL will be creating a new destination park space in Hawrelak Park. The community leagues have done such a tremendous job of growing recreation, building community facilities, encouraging neighbourhood engagement and shaping the look of where we live, that we wanted to do something worthy of honouring this great contribution. Our intent is to create a welcoming, all-season new amenity in Hawrelak Park which will be a gathering place for all city residents to enjoy.
The proposed Community League Plaza will also recognize the community leagues that have inspired this project. Located on the southeast corner of the lake, this plaza will be a gathering area for small scale events highlighted by the restoration of the stream adjacent to it and a newly created scenic pathway along the stream.
This stream and path will offer seating, view and information areas along the way to a restful pond and secondary mini plaza. Close by will be the City of Edmonton’s planned water play feature and the existing playground.
Urban Systems, the Edmonton firm contracted to design and manage the park enhancement, have created the draft design concepts you see here. Beyond the design, there are the memories that we need to celebrate – both personal and historical.
Share your stories
Please share with us a little about what is in your heart – what does your community league and your neighbourhood mean to you? Do you or someone else in your neighbourhood know the history of your community league? These are all important stories to tell, to share and to be proud of. Preserving the community league history is a very important part of this project, and if you would like to learn more about preserving your own league's history, make sure to attend one of two free workshops hosted by the EFCL in October and November. Click Here to learn more.
Some folks are including their memories as special messages as part of their donation. And if you are wondering what others are saying about community leagues, please visit our Memory Moments page - it's filled with messages that have already been sent in. To submit your Memory Moment, send an email to our communications department.
If you have any questions about the 100 Anniversary Project or would like to get involved, please contact Nora via email or call 780 437 2913.