Waste & Recycling Services Update – August 2020

Safely Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous items such as propane tanks, oil and chemicals don’t belong in your carts. If a container has a hazardous symbol, bring it to a household hazardous drop-off location, even empty containers. Other hazardous items include bear spray canisters, paint and paint cans, automotive batteries, nail polish and remover, and gas or oil.

  • Store items in a safe place out of reach of children and pets until you can dispose of them
  • Place leftover chemicals in a clearly labeled, sealed container – use the original container if possible
  • Take these items to a City landfill or designated fire station for safe disposal
  • Reduce your hazardous waste by choosing greener alternatives, like shaving soap instead of aerosol shaving cream

For details and locations, visit www.calgary.ca/hhw.


City of Calgary Crowchild Trail Upgrades: July 2020 Update

We’d like to provide you with a few updates relating to the Crowchild Trail Upgrades Project and give you an overview of the construction activity that will occur from now through to the end of this summer:

1) Finishing Touches: Crowchild Trail & 5 Avenue N.W. Intersection

Begins August (approx. one month)

Now that this project is nearing completion, we’re coming back to this area to put some final touches on the intersection.

To avoid disturbing residents overnight, our crews will be taking advantage of the lighter traffic volumes and staging work between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Those who walk and wheel will be temporarily detoured to opposite sides of the road so they can cross safely, and drivers will experience lane reductions and the temporary re-routing of turn lanes. Detour signage will be on-site.

2) 10 Avenue S.W.

Begins August (approx. one month)

Over the next few weeks we will begin the process of removing the detour we’ve had in place along 10 Avenue S.W. throughout construction. Please proceed through the area cautiously.

3) Crowchild Trail

Ongoing – End of the summer

Last month we finished paving along northbound Crowchild Trail (between Bow Trail & Memorial Drive) and the additional lane is now open. This past week we finished paving along southbound Crowchild Trail (south of the Bow River) and now the lanes are in their final configuration. As soon as the fresh pavement has cured, we’ll get the new lane lines painted. Then, we’ll do some final landscaping and clean up in the area and we’ll be out of there.

4) Add-On Rehabilitation Work

Ongoing – End of the summer

As previously mentioned, in an effort to increase efficiencies and avoid multiple disruptions to citizens, we’re rehabilitating the following structures while we’re already in the area:

  • Southbound Crowchild Trail Bridge (over Bow Trail) & Westbound Bow Trail to Southbound Crowchild Trail Ramp
    • The major rehabilitation components have been complete. We’ve got some minor work left to do, some clean up, and then we’ll move out of this area.
  • Westbound Memorial Drive Bridge (over Crowchild Trail)
    • Most of the necessary work under the bridge has been completed and our crews are now working up top.

We anticipate this work to go on until the end of this summer. Associated lane and ramp closures will continue until then and signage will be on-site to direct people travelling through the area accordingly.

We will continue to work closely with you as we near completion. We will also continue working closely with our City colleagues to ensure appropriate detours are in place for people who drive, walk and wheel and that emergency accesses are maintained. The most timely information will continue to be available on our project page.

City of Calgary
Crowchild Trail Upgrades




City of Calgary – FREE Summer Programs 2020


Free, family summer activities coming to your community > Join the fun

Our Free summer programs look a little different this year. Pre-register youth, families or older adults for an outdoor activity or a free performance in the park. We’ll be following guidelines for public health, ensuring we can run these programs safely. Visit Calgary.ca/free for details.
Free programs include:
🌳 Nature play
🎵 Outdoor family entertainment
🍃 Exploring parks together
🌅 Youth leadership programs

Waste & Recycling Services Update – July 2020

Use grass clippings as mulch on your lawn

The next time you mow your yard, leave your grass clippings on the lawn instead of putting in the compost.

Grass clippings will quickly break down, returning nutrients to the soil for a healthy yard. Grass mulching will help you save time and effort from bagging up grass clippings, buying paper yard waste bags or needing to apply fertilizer to your lawn.

  • Cut grass when the surface is dry and keep mower blades sharp.
  • Follow the 1/3 rule: mow your lawn often enough so that no more than 1/3 your grass is cut. You may need to raise the height of your mower. This frequent mowing will produce short clippings that will break down quickly.
  • You can leave clippings on the lawn with almost any mower (push, electric or gas). Using your existing mower, simply remove the bag and leave the clippings on the lawn. Mulching mowers cut grass blades into smaller pieces, allowing the clippings to settle into your lawn without clumping. They are sold at most yard and garden stores, nurseries and home supply stores.

For more tips, visit calgary.ca/grassclippings.


2020 Summer Bees

Join Us in Whispering Woods and the Centennial Natureground!


With this year’s 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in April with the theme of Climate Action, May’s annual International Day for Biological Diversity with the 2020 theme Our Solutions are in Nature, and June’s World Environment Day 2020’s call for urgent action to protect biodiversity – all in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems like the perfect year to join in with communal stewardship right here in Brentwood – with plenty of space to keep 2 metres apart.

SUMMER TUESDAYS: Join us for Biodiversity Bees!

Yes, we’ll be at it again – even if physically distanced!  If you live, work, attend school, play, shop, volunteer, or visit in Brentwood – or would like to – please join us this summer for another season of social stewardship through biodiversity conservation in the Centennial Natureground and Whispering Woods – tucked away in the NW corner of Brentwood.  This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, each attendee will need to Bring Your Own Everything, such as gloves, tools, snacks, sunblock, insect repellent, small collection bucket [such as an ice cream pail], and your drinking water. The only things shared will be the larger collection container for litter and weeds, along with distanced and delightful conversation.

Please join us and become part of the unfolding stories of inspiring community building and care in our local natural areas – especially welcomed in these crazy times. We will be meeting on all 11 Tuesdays between the Solstice and Labour Day from June 23 to September 1st. We’ll start with six evenings [6:00-8:00 p.m.], taking advantage of the early summer’s lingering light, followed by five mornings [9:00-11:00 a.m.] in August and September. The final gathering will also be our annual season ending Celebration, though instead of a Potluck, it will be a Bring Your Own Everything Picnic [11:00 a.m. onwards].

  9-11 a.m. 6-8 p.m. BYOE PICNIC
August 4 MORNING
September 1 MORNING 11:00 a.m. Onwards

Calgarians have repeatedly demonstrated delight in getting to know their neighbours through shared activities of all sorts. You are heartily encouraged to enjoy such camaraderie by joining these fun and festive Community Biodiversity Bees.

  • Bring your families; Bring your friends!
  • Make an outing of the occasion and enjoy the full opportunities provided by the area’s recreation, gardening, and gathering spaces.
  • Play. Socialize. Learn. Help. No experience required!
  • Strengthen and Sustain your community through conversation, collaboration, and celebration.
  • Keep Your Distance throughout and BYOE!

Meet at the Prairie Amphitheatre in Whispering Woods, just off Brenner Drive NW, or in the adjacent Centennial Natureground on the west side of Dr. Coffin School, at 5615 Barrett Drive NW. Dress for the weather, and for gardening. We will be working in both Whispering Woods and the Centennial Natureground. Arrive and assist as you’re willing and able, and please remember to bring your own everything, as mentioned above.

Environmentally yours, Polly Lee Knowlton Cockett

Grassroutes Ethnoecological Association, naturegroundnews@gmail.com



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