Nov 052012

Anyone who drops by the Hammond Community Centre this week or next will notice lots of activity. Landscaping folks from the municipality are working on the gardens, digging out the gnarly old roots and prepping and re-planting the beds.

Cyndy, who has spear-headed the whole community centre project, drew up a “wish list” of things we’d like: new light standards, soil and bark mulch, etc. We had planned to do the gardening work ourselves, but were happily surprised to find that the Parks and Leisure department has jumped right in. We’ll still be donating some plants, but the landscaping folks will be providing the bulk of the plants and labour and have drawn up a great-looking garden plan. They have also extended the paving to make the doors to the main hall easier to access, and will be adding turf to widen the walk-way between the pool and the community centre.

Thanks again to Dave Speers, our contact guy at Parks and Leisure who helps make all this stuff happen. He’ll also be helping us with the next stage of the project, which will include more painting, some new signage, etc.

And huge thanks again to the indefatigable Cyndy – holy smokes, does that woman get stuff done or what?

 Posted by at 9:49 pm
Oct 022012

Last night the Hammond Neighbours Ad-Hoc Self-Appointed Disorganized Organized Committee (HNAHSADOC) got together for a potluck dinner and chat about recent and upcoming events. Dinner featured left-over pop, chips and candy from the July party, big bowls of popcorn, and, yes, some actual real nutritious food. (We feel it’s important to set an example regarding good nutrition.)

Most of the usual suspects were in attendance, plus a couple of new faces. Dave Speers, our handy-dandy municipal liaison and go-to guy was there, as was Tony Cotroneo, Recreation Manager Youth & Neighbourhood Services. Here’s what we talked about:

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 Posted by at 9:39 pm
Aug 282012

On August 24 and 25, a bunch of Hammond residents, members of the Katzie nation and folks from the District of Maple Ridge got together to clean up an overgrown  empty lot on the corner of 118th & 203rd. Lo and behold, on August 23, the municipality sent out a backhoe and a dump-truck and cleaned up the empty lot for us! We were able to put all our efforts into clearing the overgrown brush in the adjacent Katzie cemetery.

I’ve long been curious about the Katzie cemetery, and was honoured to have the opportunity to go inside. It’s a lovely, peaceful enclave, protected from traffic noise on 203rd by a tall cedar hedge. While the cemetery has a great deal of historical significance, it is still in use. I talked to people who had generations of relatives buried there.

With the empty lot now clear, it’s possible to enjoy the view of the cemetery. We hope to work with the Katzie and the municipality to install some kind of landscaping and benches.

Nothing brings a community together like a work project, and nothing is as satisfying as looking at the results of a job well done.

Thanks to the Wok Box for the free lunch coupons!

 Posted by at 10:33 pm
Jul 102012

At the Hammond Neighbourhood Party, we put up a bunch of posters and asked people to write down their ideas for the neighbourhood. I’ve created a page for each individual board.

 Posted by at 7:41 pm