Spring is in the air and we have many changes to consider for our future. For those who want to impact change in our own community, I invite you to join us for the 2016 Town Hall meeting at the hall at 7pm on April 17th. This is your opportunity to sound your voice on important matters and possibly step up into a leadership role on the community board and fill a critical role. One of the key decisions that will be discussed at the Town Hall is what rink strategy we should adopt. Did you know that is costs $16,000 per year to run our rinks? Our rinks also close when the temperature is too cold or too warm. In 2015/16 many Edmonton rinks were closed more often than they were open, leaving only about 50 days for the rinks to be open. This leads to an average operating cost of about $320 for every day our rink would have been opened. In addition to our annual operating costs, the condition of our rinks is deteriorating every year. Our rinks are becoming unsafe for members to skate. Our rinks likely have a lifespan of 5 to 10 more years, after which they would need to be completely rebuilt at a cost in excess of more than $80,000 per rink. Our rinks were once the pride of our community with members packed in every night. Now, only 10 to 20 members visit the rinks per night on average. We need your help if the rinks are to survive. Our current board members are already tasked with many items; therefore, without a rink committee, our rinks may continue to be closed indefinitely. We need to form a rink committee who will actively discuss and manage fundraising for a new rink, finding a rink attendant, repairing rinks as necessary, and developing a strategy to attract members to our rinks. If you are prepared to fight for our rinks, I urge you to attend the April 17th Town Hall and express your interest. If you are interested but unable to attend the Town Hall, please contact our office to express interest. Jasper Place pool is scheduled to undergo renovations starting late this year. This means that our weekly swim time will be unavailable. The closest City of Edmonton pool to La Perle is at Confederation (just off the Whitemud at 111th St) which is too far for members to access regularly. We are currently looking into options which include accessing St. FX recreation facility and/or Jamie Platz YMCA. All members are able to purchase a recreation pass for 10% discount when they present their membership cards. We are also looking into the option of offering 40% discount at any recreation facility in Edmonton. To voice your opinion, please visit the La Perle Community Facebook page and leave your comment, or email us at laperle.community@icloud.com. The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues (EFCL) is holding the Great Neighbours Race at Hawrelak Park on April 30th. This event is a fundraiser for the 100th Anniversary Project which will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of communities in Edmonton and will be accessible to everyone. To volunteer or participate in this 1K/3K/5K/10K event, please check out their website at http://efcl.org/events--projects/the-great-neighbour-race/ Soccer has a long and successful history here in La Perle. Good luck to all our soccer teams competing in the outdoor season this spring. Cheers, Trevor Eliott

 

Our committees are always ready and willing to have our community members on board to assist in the various functions and programs.

 

Our Community League Day in September and our Family Day in February cannot be run without volunteers on the Social committee.

 

Please consider getting to know your neighbors, helping out when we have our Casinos (paid for hall renos!), and helping the Soccer Coordinator and Membership Coordinator on various registration days.  Call them!!  Let them know you want to help make  La Perle the best community league in this city!!

 

 

 

Are you a student looking for volunteer hours?

 

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