Matt Berry Facility Project

June 2017 Update
The Steering Committee met on June 2nd with representatives of Colliers Project Management to officially kick off the project management phase of the project. Colliers brought a princess along with them, who led community children in games and arts & crafts. 

Our next public consultation will update residents on the project, and we continue to seek input, ideas and new volunteers. Children welcome at the consultation, activities provided. Further information or ideas to mattberryrep@gmail.com .

Matt Berry Facility
Public Consultation
September 26, 7:00-9:00pm
Centrepointe Church
5940-159 Ave

Of particular interest to residents is that we will be conducting a door-to-door campaign in August. If you live adjacent to the Matt Berry Park (facing 162 ave; in the cul-de-sacs on 162 ave; on 62 street or 63 street backing on to the park; on 159 ave backing on to or across the street from the park; or on 59a street backing onto the park) then watch for our team of door-knockers! They will want to hear your opinions about the facility. Make sure to have your voice heard!
    
May 15, 2017 Update
The committee members continue to meet regularly. Colliers has been chosen to be the project planner, and we are entering negotiations to retain their services to guide the project from design to completed construction. The City planning department is meeting to update the map of the entire Matt Berry green space by confirming locations for Francophone School Board school and community league building space.

Our next public consultation will update residents on the project, and we continue to seek input, ideas and new volunteers. Children welcome at the consultation, activities provided. Further information or ideas to mattberryrep@gmail.com .

Matt Berry Facility
Public Consultation
September 26
7:00-9:00pm
Centrepointe Church
5940-159 Ave

Of particular interest to residents is that we will be conducting a door-to-door campaign in June and July. If you live adjacent to the Matt Berry Park (facing 162 ave; in the cul-de-sacs on 162 ave; on 62 street or 63 street backing on to the park; on 159 ave backing on to or across the street from the park; or on 59a street backing onto the park) then watch for our team of door-knockers! They will want to hear your opinions about the facility. Make sure to have your voice heard!
    
March 2017 Update
The residents of Matt Berry and Hollick-Kenyon provided a great turnout of 75 people, who came out to the Public Consultation on February 21, 2017 to learn about a new community facility proposed at 59A St and 161 Avenue. The committee working on this project included residents of Matt Berry and Hollick-Kenyon, and some board members of the McLeod Community league.
 
​The committee began its work in the fall of 2015, originally planning to build a small indoor soccer centre at the Hollick-Kenyon Park site, at approximately 54 St and 159 Avenue. This project was not able to proceed for two reasons. First, the site, despite having a parcel of Community League licensed land, is not suitable for development because a private land owner operates a junk yard in the immediate vicinity. Second, the City of Edmonton indicated that a soccer centre would be considered a destination, and not suitable for a neighbourhood park. Neighbourhood parks are intended to only be used by residents in the immediate vicinity (accessing approximately 4500 residents within a 10 minute walk.)
 
​Based on early consultation with City of Edmonton, the committee determined to shift, and decided on using the Matt Berry parcel of land. This parcel is approximately a 1 ha site located immediately north of the existing Matt Berry Playground.
 
​Over the past two years, the committee has raised the issue in the community newspaper, surveyed residents twice and held a public consultation. They have also look at similar buildings, and navigated the City processes.
 
Public consultation to this point has produced three mandates for the committee:
• A spray park, likely to be located off Licensed Land, and on City Land,
• A skating surface, likely to be located on Licensed Land, and
• An indoor gym suitable for activities such as pickle ball, basketball, floor hockey, yoga and martial arts; as well as community meetings, programs and events like a parent & tot group.
 
McLeod Community League has committed to fund a portion of the project management budget. They are putting out a Request for Proposal to hire a project manager to help guide the process from planning through construction, with a competed project by 2020.
 
If you are a resident who would like to be on a mailing list to keep informed of this project, please send your email address to  mattberryrep@gmail.com . Your contact information would solely be used for this one specific purpose. Also, keep reading the community league newspaper and follow us on Facebook. New committee members are always welcome.