Edmonton Dog Parks and Off Leash Areas

July 22nd, 2014 by Terry Paranych
Edmonton Dog Parks and Off-leash Parks

There are few things that bring as much joy as seeing dogs in their element.

This has been one hot summer in Edmonton, and we’ve barely gotten halfway past the mid mark!

Being dog lovers, we’ve been talking to other dog fans about the weather (how Canadian), and we all agree that there hasn’t been a better year for getting outdoors.

The Paranych Team thought it would be a great idea to share some of our favourite places in the city where you can take your pooch for a run, a walk, or even a swim—and beat the heat this summer.

Here’s a thought: The City of Edmonton has over 40 parks for people and dogs. If you want a great guide with tips to get you started, Edmonton’s Guide to Dog-friendly Parks is available here..

Also, since we share many of these spaces with cyclists, hikers and Edmonton families, it’s good to know the rules and responsibilities. An obedient, socialized, well-behaved dog is an amazing friend and will make you popular with dogs and people alike.

Here is our list of the Best Edmonton Dog Parks (off-leash parks as listed by area):

Northwest & West End

Buena Vista Great Meadow is not always easy to get to, simply because Google seems to get it wrong (making it even more of a secret off-leash area!). Buena Vista is accessible either by the Valley Zoo entrance or William Hawrelak Park. It’s got mixed use trails and open areas to suit all types, a definite favourite in Edmonton.

Callingwood is another popular park, but you should know that only the bushy trails are technically off-leash areas. The open areas are not off-leash. Head to 172 St. from 70 Ave. and onward.

Northeast

Hermitage is a fantastic park area with multi-use shared spaces, brush, trails, a fishing pond and a picnic area. Found in the northeast heart of the river valley, there are even designated off-leash areas right along the river, safe for dogs to wade in. You can access it from 129 or 137 Ave.

Southwest

Terwillegar Park is one of the best designed parks for mixed use trail and open off-leash area in Edmonton. The series of trials and brush will keep bigger dogs shaded from the sun while still allowing them to get exercise and social time. Access is available from Rabbit Hill Road, and it’s easy to find.

Southeast

Jackie Parker Recreation Area is one of the top off-leash parks, but the truth is there are many to choose from in southeast Edmonton. In Jackie Parker, there are loads of narrow wooded trails for dogs and families to enjoy and downed trees to jump over and under—medium-sized dogs love this place. There is also a large open area dog run. You can access this park west of 50 St. not too far from the Mill Woods Golf Course.

We don’t want anyone to think that this is the definitive list for the best of Edmonton’s dog parks. These are just some of the areas we enjoy. But with over 40 parks to choose from, everyone will have their favourites, so it’s best to grab the City of Edmonton Dog Park Guide, if you want to see what else if out there. Why don’t you share your favourite spots? We’d love to hear what cool special off-leash areas might be out in River City. Let us know!

And if you need any help finding the right parks, schools or neighbourhoods in your search for the perfect Edmonton home, get in touch with us. We’d love to have a conversation.
The Terry Paranych Team

 

K-Days: Top 5 Reasons Your Family Should Go!

July 15th, 2014 by Terry Paranych
Fairway at K-days Edmonton

Photo Credit: CTV Edmonton News

Under the seemingly endless summer prairie sun, there is no shortage of activities outside for families to enjoy. As a father of two (whose kid’s just finished school for the summer), our list of fun things to do will be growing this week; one of Edmonton’s biggest 10-day festivals mainstays bursts into bloom in just 3 days!

Edmonton’s K-Days Festival, which runs from July 18-27, 2014 is Alberta’s Midway, complete with tons of activities. There’s a lot of stuff to figure out, so here is our top 5 reasons why Team Paranych and our families will be hitting K-Days this year:

1. Parade

 

Westjet at K-days Edmonton

Photo Credit: Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Before you hit the festival grounds on opening day, the K-Days legendary parade has been going on for a century, and the host of costumes, floats and performers has delighted children for just as long. Check the parade route map and find your spot!

2. Kids Town/Kids Stage Event

Kids Town at Kdays

Kids Town Debuts this year!

The world is a very big place to a child. That’s why K-Days brings the world to a child size at Kids Town. From city life, to farms, arts districts, and even construction zones, children are encouraged to interact and learn how the world works in a space that’s built for them. The nearby stage events bring the biggest names in children entertainment to the stage, and offer meet and greet times for all those big little fans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Fairway Rides & Games for All Ages

K-Days Ferris and Fire!

Photo Credit: Edmonton Attractions

One of the most memorable parts of K-Days is the fairway. Scores of carnival rides line the route, from mild to extreme, catering to young children, older children and adults. There are also games for everyone along the fairway.

 

4. Live Music (for the older kids)

Bachman and Turner at K-days in EdmontonThroughout the week, big name acts will be sharing the stage with Canadian and Edmonton-based bands. Some of the headline acts for K-Days includes Loverboy, The Village People, Everclear, Tim McGraw and Bachman and Turner just to name a few.

 

5. Fireworks

Fireworks at Edmonton K-Days

Photo Credit: Denise Francisco

Every day K-Days brings fire to life with a fireworks finale that makes it worthwhile to stay out just a little later. This is one of our biggest highlights, but because of the time that the show begins, it might be a challenge for families with younger ones to hold out for it. There have been nights where they feel like they go on forever, in a good way!

This year’s K-Days is going to be even bigger than ever, and we didn’t even have room to include the new foods that are coming this year. Well, just make sure you leave some room when you go, and we’ll see you there!
The Terry Paranych Team

Closures and Opportunities for Edmonton Area Schools

July 2nd, 2014 by Terry Paranych

 

Edmonton Area School Closures and Rebuilds

Earlier this year, The Province of Alberta earmarked $20 million dollars for Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) to build a brand new school that would replace these Edmonton area schools:

  • Westmount (Westmount Inglewood and Coronation schools)
  • Highlands (Highlands, Montrose and Mount Royal schools)
  • Greater Lawton (Lawton, R.J. Scott and Rundle schools)

Throughout the year, the board of trustees had consultations with parents in each of these communities. Last week, the EPSB administrators recommended that Lawton, R.J. Scott and Rundle schools should be closed for a new .

The EPSB leadership were clear that the majority of Lawton parents wanted a new school and not just a modernization of an old school.

Today, the EPSB board makes the final vote.

A few parents in Lawton spoke up against the proposal, and it can be hard on a community when an issue like this comes up for parents. I’ve seen things get emotional when it comes to community matters, and it can create disagreement among members of the community.

One of the great aspects of a new school is knowing that your children will get access to modern amenities and technology. The school board has been talking about the schools in these area lacking in basic heating at times in the winter, so a new school would help to provide comfort and, over time, cost less. New schools are designed for better power efficiency, and enhanced education. Often those old long hallways with pockets of kids hiding are replaced with common open spaces that make it easier for administrators and teachers to monitor children.

What Does a New School Mean for Homeowners?

School districts have become an important part of deciding where to live in a community, and it can influence how a REALTOR® may see your property. Having property near a school that shines (or even in a district that shines) is often at the top of the options for families with children or teenagers. The Fraser Institute keeps score of schools for the Edmonton area (as well as the rest of Alberta), although some do argue about how they get the results, so use wisely.

Often investors look at these factors to gauge how high they would be willing to bid on new properties, and Ken Corsini conducted his own research, and found that some highly-ranked schools in the US were sheltered from declining values by 2009, while lower valued schools experienced measurable losses.

Having good schools near a home can add premiums to the value of a property, but it’s not a simple calculation. Quality of the school, distance from the home, current home value, all of these factors come into play. In fact, it might be easier to look at it the other way around. Knowing the school and district data, what might a family or an investor be willing to pay above the list price?

Either way, the residents near Lawton school have a new school coming to them, and they should be happy with the results.

Canada Day 2014!

June 24th, 2014 by Terry Paranych

Happy Canada Day!

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On behalf of the Terry Paranych Team, I would like to wish you a safe and happy Canada Day. You know folks, I can’t say this enough: I love living in Canada and (of course) working in Alberta. Whether it’s the booming Canadian housing market, or the promising future of Alberta’s Capital Region there is so much opportunity here!

This Canada Day, take advantage of the growing Edmonton real estate market and take a step towards homeownership! Get in touch with The Paranych Team and ask how we can help you buy an Edmonton home.

Do you want to spend your next Canada Day hosting a BBQ in your new Edmonton property? Whether you’re in a move-up property or relocated to another part of the city, we’ll help you get there by selling your Edmonton home.

Cheers,

Terry Paranych

CMA Charity Golf Tournament for Little Warriors

June 17th, 2014 by Terry Paranych

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This Friday, June 20th marks the 24th Annual CMA Golf with Champions Tournament. It’s going to be an event filled with great golf, great prizes, great eats, and great company. The golf tournament, dinner and charity auction will be at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and golf resort.

One of the prizes is a lease on a Bentley or Aston Martin. I think anyone would find good use for that, this summer.

A number of high-profile Albertan and Canadian Champions will be joining us, too. Some of them include:littlewarriors-logoSmall

  • Mark Kennedy, Olympic Gold Medalist Curler
  • Amanda Lindhout, Humanitarian, Journalist, Author
  • Beth Iskiw, Olympic Curling Champion

The Annual Golf with Champions is CMA’s ongoing committed event for the Little Warriors of Edmonton.

Little Warriors focuses on creating national education on the prevention of child sexual abuse. In addition to providing awareness, Little Warriors also takes action by providing support information, resources, and treatment of child sexual abuse.

Little Warriors plans to use the proceeds to grow its adult education program that works to prevent child sexual abuse at the source. This programs trains 3,000 adults per year, and estimates that this program alone potentially protects thousands of children. It hopes to develop specific canadian content for its program learners.

The Paranych Team has been involved with Little Warriors and their education and treatment efforts for over a decade. We continue to support Little Warriors (and organizations like them) because we know how much of a difference they make in the lives of children and the communities they serve.

Oh, and one other thing about Little Warriors: For years, it has worked to establish a home for itself. This year, they have purchased the ranch that will become the permanent Be Brave Ranch—the first of its kind in Canada.

This is an exciting time for Little Warriors, and I invite you to join us for the golf tournament, if you haven’t already registered. There is still time to get yourself, or a foursome, in!

Click here and register! 

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