Ward Boundaries Review- 2020
City of Calgary is conducting a review of Ward Boundaries. The Riverbend Community Association would like to highlight our position on the proposed revisions to Ward 12 boundaries and how that will affect Riverbend.
We strongly believe that any changes to ward boundaries need to ensure that Riverbend continues to be grouped with Quarry Park and Douglas Glen. Since 2012, when the 18th Street extension was built, Riverbend has been well connected to our neighbours to the south. Our residents work and access services and businesses in both Douglas Glen and Quarry Park in a far greater frequency than those in Ward 9. The activities going on in Quarry Park and Douglas Glen communities are more relevant and impactful to Riverbend Residents than activities going on north of Glenmore trail. These issues include the South Hill LRT station, development in Quarry Park and Douglas Glen, and traffic on 18th and 24th streets from Douglasglen through our community.
We propose that Riverbend continues to be grouped with these geographically and demographically similar communities. We believe, when community issues and needs are aligned across the ward, we can be sure that Riverbend's priorities are reflected in ward decisions. Further, we believe that Riverbend, through its community centre building, is able to support broader community engagement within the ward by offering programs, events and rental opportunities to our neighbours in Douglas Glen and Quarry Park who do not have a community facility.
As such, Riverbend Community Association does not support Option A in the 2020 boundaries review. Our preference would be to keep the boundaries as they are, but if changes are required, Option B, which keeps Riverbend, Douglas Glen and Quarry Park together, would be preferred. We believe there’s a lot of value in maintaining consistency and established relationships instead of continuingly moving wards back and forth.
What can you do? Have your voice heard on this important matter!
Share your feedback online https://engage.calgary.ca/wardboundaries and/ or write a letter to our current Ward 12 Councillor- Shane Keating’s office.
Riverbend Community Association- Board of Directors
Riverbend is currently part of Ward 12
In this option Riverbend would be moving to Ward 9
In this option Riverbend would be moving to Ward 9, but together with its neighbors