Best Wishes to All This Holiday Season

Despite the unseasonal weather, the winter holiday is here! It’s a moment for reflection, enjoyment, and anticipation for the upcoming new year. Amidst a busy 2023, we eagerly look forward to new initiatives and exciting events in 2024. The DRCA Board extends warm holiday wishes to all of our dedicated volunteers and DRCA members.

Rink Volunteers Needed

We are looking for additional volunteers to create and maintain the ice surface on our outdoor rinks at the Recreation Facility. If you would like to help us out, please email volunteer@discoveryridge.com and type Rink into the subject line.

Membership Contest Winner

Congratulations to our DRCA membership contest winner, Andrea B., who won two Cineplex movie tickets. Thank you to all who renewed or purchased a new membership.

As of November 15, 2023, we have 405 members, which is about 25% of our households. The DRCA’s main sources of revenue are memberships and bottle shack donations. With these funds, we operate and maintain our recreation facility (tennis courts and ice rinks) and host community events. Every membership makes a difference. A one-year membership costs only $25/year. Become a member and help support your community.

Discovery Ridge Census Profile

The city of Calgary recently posted a profile of Discovery Ridge based on the 2021 federal census. In 2021, our community had a population of 4,330 people with 68% between the ages of 15 to 64; 17% between 0 to 14 years; and 14% between 65 and 84 years. The profile shows a total number of 1,630 households, but this excludes the new area of Discovery Ridge Point which includes townhomes and single-family homes.

Join Our Monthly Zoom Meeting

If you are interested in joining our monthly DRCA Zoom meeting to find out more about how the DRCA works; ask questions; or join the board, please email us at drca_pres@discoveryridge.com. Our meetings are usually the first Monday of every month from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. A Zoom link will be sent to you.

Discover Christmas Community Market Collective

Check out the Discover Christmas Community Market Collective happening in our very own community strip mall, Cornerstone Square. The ladies from It’s Vintage YYC have organized this collective that will take place this Thursday, November 30th, between 4:00 and 8:00 pm at Wonder Donuts. The market will feature Discovery Ridge resident small business owners and artists who will have their art on display and for sale! Let’s show our support for local small businesses and celebrate each other.

Halloween Photo Contest Winners

Wow! So many fantastic submissions were received. They were all worthy of winning, so we entered all of them into a draw for the prizes. The winning prizes went to: Anna R. (family photo) and Julie W. (grandchild photo). Congratulations!

City Feedback Opportunities

The City of Calgary is currently gathering input on a few initiatives. You are invited to join the conversation at engage.calgary.ca.

Secondary Suites: The City is focused on encouraging people with existing secondary suites to bring them up to the minimum safety standards and get them on the registry. To facilitate improvements to the registration process, the City wants to hear from registered and unregistered secondary suite owners about the issues, challenges, and barriers to registration. They also want to hear from people who rent secondary suites. The information gathered will help create more supports and incentives to encourage people to register their secondary suites. More registered secondary suites will help create more safe and affordable housing choices for renters and owners. To participate in the online survey, visit Calgary.ca/suitesfeedback from November 6 to December 15, 2023.

Recreation in Calgary: Calgarians are invited to help reimagine public recreation by completing a survey at calgary.ca/GamePLAN.

Bottle Shack

Thank you to all residents who donate their refundable items at our local Bottle Shack in the Rec Facility parking lot. The funds from these donations are used for the operating expenses of the rinks, tennis courts, and pickleball courts at the Rec Facility.

Do you have 20 minutes of time to volunteer periodically and want to contribute to the community but can’t commit to an activity all the time? The Bottle Shack unload may be for you! Every 6-8 weeks the shack has to be unloaded to the bottle depot truck that comes to pick up the donations. Residents come down to form lines and we pass the contents along from the shack to the truck. We visit and meet new neighbours while we do it! It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. If you want to check it out, come down tonight, Wednesday, November 29th, at 6:00 pm. Ask for Matt and let him know you are a new volunteer. Alternatively, contact us at volunteer@discoveryridge.com for more information. Thank you! Every set of hands helps!

Wildlife Affected Area Designation Lifted

As the weather has shifted towards winter, the bears have moved on for the season. As a result, the City of Calgary has advised us that the Wildlife Affected Area designation for Discovery Ridge will be lifted on Friday, November 3.

While the City recommends that bins be stored securely and not placed out overnight for pickup to deter all wildlife from scavenging, the City will not enforce this when the designation is not in effect.

Note: This also means that the temporary 9:00 am bin pickup start time has also been lifted. Bins must again be placed out for pickup before 7:00 am.