The Beacon Heights Community League board of directors decided to keep our rink closed for the season in the interest of public safety. We simply do not have the volunteers required to manage the rink with the current Covid restrictions in place. Also, the ice is very labour intensive to create and maintain in the hopes of the restrictions being lifted enough to allow us to skate safely. We know this is a difficult time for many and the rink is a physical outlet for many kids and adults. This was a well-discussed and thought-out decision, difficult as it was to make. We all look forward to getting back to normal next year.
On August 17th, the Beacon Heights Community League Board of Directors made the tough decision to suspending all programs and facility rentals at the Jubilee Park Rink Building.
The strict physical distancing requirements and cleaning protocols, as recommended by the EFCL and the City of Edmonton, make it impractical at this time for the league to use the facility for anything other than basic league operations.
Although we currently do not have the staff or resources in place to maintain the recommended standards and have determined that appropriate building capacity in public spaces is 12, we will re-evaluate on an ongoing basis and look for solutions to resume programming as soon as we are able to safely do so.
We understand that this may cause disappointment or inconvenience to our members looking to use our facility and to those who enjoy our programs as it has for us.
Thank you for you patience and understanding as we work toward solutions that will allow us to safely open and allow public use of our facility.
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To our loyal followers and members,
It is no secret that we here in the Community League are striving to better ourselves to serve our members in a way that is more deserving. We have made many efforts to getting new ideas and programs and projects underway in order to do so. The biggest project we have started is of course, the renovation of the building at Jubilee Park.
Known for over 50 years as the “rink shack”, this building has long served as a hub of our community. Countless minor hockey games and thousands upon thousands of hours of shiny and family skating have taken place here. For the last few years, this building has taken on another identity and that is the main centre for our Community League.
With the loss of our hall, we have lost revenue as well as a space to use for functions and gatherings. But our current board have done a tremendous job to creating a welcoming space at this “rink shack” for our events and programs.
We recognized that there is a need to improve this facility to fit the ever growing and changing needs of our members.
A few years ago, we casually asked members at a Family Day event what they would like to see in a building. The top 3 answers were “accessibility (washrooms and everything else) commercial kitchen and a larger space for programs”.
With this feedback, we searched and found an architect to come up with a design for a renovation. We presented this design at Community League day and asked again for more feedback. While we were pleased with the concept and ideas presented, we wanted more. We needed more. Not just for our board members, but for our community members as a whole. This neighbourhood has grown and changed over the 100+ years of its existence. We deserve a space that is truly our own and like us, one of a kind.
So what does this mean?
Well, we decided to get another idea. Another plan. And we need you, our amazing members, to once again speak up. Share your ideas and concerns. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and very welcome. We want to create a space deserving of the hard working people in Beacon Heights, Bergman and Abbottsfield.
Please take the following survey and give us that feedback. Or post it here. Share it with your friends and family in the area. The more feedback we get, the better picture we can create and share with an architect that wants to build for us a space that will be greatly enjoyed for generations to come.
Thank you all for your time in reading this post and taking the survey