St. Andrews Ground Renewal
For some time now a number of parishioners have expressed concerns regarding our grounds and building exterior, ranging from icy sidewalks and overflowing parking to overgrown vegetation and peeling paint. Various individuals have offered solutions to one part or another but as the issues piled up, a more comprehensive approach was needed. The largest areas of concern had to do with public safety and looking as welcoming and open as we are. An additional challenges included community parking restrictions subsequent to Foothills Medical Centre “losing” 1200 stalls.
What is to be done?
Regrading of the south side of church (parking lot side) to accommodate ground level walkway and stairs, as well as raised green space, eliminating the need for an unsightly barrier and aging retaining walls.
Four foot sidewalk and stairs with proper handrails on south/parking lot side of church to provide for more direct access to our most used entrance thus avoiding the sloped icing problem on city sidewalk.
Increase parking lot by at least 2 stalls (at it’s NW corner), accommodating extra parking along back and north/lane side, plus providing handicap drop off/parking at the base of the ramp. We want to do what we can to show the community we are working to alleviate parking concerns.
The total budget for the current plan is $25,000.
Please see the plan and handout attached on the right of the page
Who is involved?
An Outdoor Spaces Committee was struck in the spring with Pat Mosca as chair. Along with Pat, the committee bringing forward a plan for improvements includes Dick Ridley, Terry Nail, Pauline Booth, Sue McGregor, Tom Greaves, John and Ruth Mauel, & Gordon Wells.
Neighbours will see a more welcoming, locally active, fresher face.
Ultimately, the decision to proceed (or not) will be made by the parish at the Annual Meeting of Parishioners (AMP) on February 5, 2017.
On the south side and west/behind Church.
If we decide to proceed at our AMP on Feb 5, 2017, and we can establish financing, ideally we can book the work for early spring.
To make our St. Andrew’s Anglican Church safer, more accessible and more welcoming.
South Side from parking lot
South Side Entrance