June 20, 2014 12:12 pm

Calgarians to mark flood anniversary with Neighbour Day

Darcy Verhun (back row, centre) with family members, friends, and co-workers who pitched in to help with the flood cleanup at his Rideau Park home in S.W. Calgary.

Courtesy of Darcy Verhun

Communities across Calgary will be marking the first anniversary of the 2013 June floods with BBQs, block parties and community cleanups.

Neighbour Day on Saturday, June 21, celebrates the spirit of Calgary during the floods and the cleanup.

“We’ve had a tough year,” says Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “But it’s also been a year of triumph as we showed the world who we are and how we help each other.”

“Get to know your neighbours – it’s the most rewarding thing you can do.”

Here’s a list of many of the events this weekend.


Downtown 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 313 –  3rd Street S.E.
  • Block party featuring free food and live entertainment for all Calgarians.

Beddington Heights 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Beddington Blvd. from Beddington Trail to Berkshire Blvd.
  • Repairing and repainting the fence along Beddington Blvd. with a BBQ to follow.

Bowness 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Bowness Crescent
  • Boots and Hearts thank you party open to all those who helped with the flooding. Family fun zone, beer gardens and live enterainment.

Canyon Meadows 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • 844 Cantabrian Drive S.W.
  • Face painting, balloon tying, bouncy castle and community walkabout and food.

Chaparral 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • 225 Chaparral Drive S.E.
  • Stampede kickoff with food, games and a horse ‘n carriage ride.

Cliff Bungalow- Mission 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • 2201 Cliff Street S.W.
  • Mission Possible 2 with free BBQ, live music, face painting and games.

Crossroads 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Crossroads Furniture Mart parking lot
  • Vista Heights community cleanup. Residents are asked to help clean up a local area and drop off refuse as as well as hard to recycle items.

Erlton 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Talisman Centre
  • Community BBQ with DJ, beer gardens and family activities.

Haysboro 5 p.m.

  • Haysboro Community Centre
  • Community parade followed by sports games, live music, food trucks and dance, all at the community hall.

Hidden Valley 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • 10504 Hidden Valley Drive N.W.
  • Run the Loop fundraiser followed by Sports Windup BBQ with bouncy houses and music.

Highland Park 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • 3716 – 2 Street N.W.
  • Community breakfast, community cleanup and BBQ celebration at Buchanan School (3717 Centre Street).

Lincoln Park 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Park on Lincoln Way
  • Cultural diversity celebration with potluck meal, traditional clothing and music from residents’ home countries, street hockey, sidewalk chalk competition and talent show.

Marda Loop 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • 3130-16th Street S.W.
  • Community BBQ to say thank you for resident support during the flood.

Montgomery 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Shouldice Park
  • Community hot dog roast

Scarboro – Sunalta 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • 134 Scarboro Avenue S.W.
  • Coffee and muffins at Scarboro United, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Clothing and toy drive from 11:30 A.M. to 2 p.m. and BBQ lunch at Sacred Heart Church.

Thorncliffe-Greenview 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • 5600 Centre Street North
  • Community breakfast, community cleanup and BBQ at Buchanan School.

Tuxedo Park 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • 202 – 29th Avenue  N.E.
  • Community breakfast and community cleanup, followed by BBQ at Buchanan School.


Capitol Hill 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • 1531- 21st Avenue N.W.
  • Community garden build from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with BBQ to follow.

Check your community association website for more information.













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