Community Programs

The multi-purpose area of Thorncliff Park, located on the grounds between Thorncliffe School and St. Justin's School, is owned by the City of Edmonton but managed by the Thorncliff Community League (TCL).  TCL maintains the grounds and manages the activity spaces which include a model car race track, skating rink, basketball court, and the recently established community garden.  The Thorncliff Community League partners with Thorncliffe School in many ways, but the League is a member of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues.

A mission of TCL's is to offer children and youth programs, free of charge for Thorncliff residents of all ages, and this summer we plan to bring back the weekly drop-in soccer program and youth basketball program. Everyone is welcome no matter if you are a beginner or a skilled player. Information on programs offered is noted below. If you have any questions about TCL programs or are interested in helping us to explore opportunities for starting new ones in Thorncliff, please contact Randy Niederhaus, President and Community Programs Director at info@thorncliffcl.ca or call 780-405-8866.

SUMMER FAMILY DROP-IN SOCCER PROGRAM

Our free Summer Drop-in Soccer Night is over once again for the summer. It's wonderful to see the children and youth grow in size and talent with each passing year. We've really become a close nit group over the past four years. Each summer we host a friendly yet competitive game of soccer every Thursday evening from mid-June to mid-September. Participants enjoy fresh watermelon or freezies and lots of cold  water provided to quench their thirsts. Many thanks to everyone who volunteers their time to run this program and thanks to the kids who come out to play week after week, summer after summer. More photos of the kids enjoying the program can be found in the photo gallery on the Home page. 

THORNCLIFF COMMUNITY GARDEN - Sowing Seeds of Opportunity

The Thorncliff Community Garden (TCG), officially opened in May 2017, includes 16 6'X12' garden beds built by TCL volunteers. In 2018 we introduced a community watering schedule and experienced tremendous growth. We produced all kinds of vegetables like zucchini, peppers, beans, beets, lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, peas, corn, you name it!  Red and yellow tomatoes grew plump on the vines.  It's so gratifying to watch this once barren space become a sea of healthy greenery each summer. 

The 2019 growing season now is just about over and the rain sure made the plant life full and green this year but the harvest suffered a little due to lack of sun and consistent warm temperatures. Nevertheless it was another successful year. 

Members of the community who rent a 6ft X 12ft garden plot have the privilege of enjoying nutritious ORGANIC vegetables at a cost of $25 per growing season. They enjoy the pride that comes from growing their own vegetables. Gardeners eagerly share their gardening knowledge and experience with our novice gardeners and we have created a new community within a community.  Our children love the experience of watching the plants produce a harvest and the sheer pleasure of plucking and eating freshly picked vegetables from their own family garden. To see more photos of the community gardeners at work, visit our photo gallery on the home page.

To find out how you can join the Thorncliff Community Garden next year, please call Randy at 780-405-8866 or write to us at info@thorncliffcl.ca.

CITY OF EDMONTON SUMMER GREEN SHACK PROGRAM 

The City of Edmonton Summer Green Shack Program returned to Thorncliff Park this summer weekdays  from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm during the months of July and August. This is a fully supervised daily summer free drop-in program offered in the safety of our own neighbourhood park. The program is targeted to children age 6 to 12 but adult accompanied children of any age are welcome to attend. It's really a great program that offers summertime fun for children in our community. For information on last year's program, scroll further down on this page.

THORNCLIFF SKATING RINK CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
Once again, area residents enjoyed the best of the winter season at the Thorncliff Community League skating rink located in Thorncliff Park.  Our volunteers worked hard to keep the ice in fantastic shape.  Our rink was one of the first outdoor community rinks to be built in the 2018-19 winter season.
We are pleased that a good number of hockey players and skaters took advantage of our outdoor rink. The timer for the lights did not work this past season so evening skating under the lights was available on Friday and Saturday for everyone's enjoyment and safety.
Many thanks to Randy Niederhaus, our President and Programs Director, for his tireless efforts to maintain the rink, to Glen Kennedy who helped build the rink, and to Thorncliff School for paying for the water for the ice and electricity for the evening lights.  What a team!

LOCAL YOUTH PITCH IN TO GIVE THE BASKETBALL COURT A NEW LOOK

It didn't take Margaret and her energetic crew of local youth time to get down to work and paint new lines on the basketball courts in May 2018. Last summer, TCL introduced a new youth basketball skill-building program for youth 7-15 years, and it just didn't seem right not having the court look its best.  So Program Co-Lead, Margaret, and her crew of rising basketball stars rose to the challenge and got the job done in no time.  And to add the finishing touches, Randy painted the basketball poles black and hung new nets on the basketball hoops just in time for the program start date.  Many thanks to these fine young volunteers for their awesome work.

2018 SUMMER CHILDREN'S BASKETBALL PROGRAM

In June 2018, TCL introduced a pilot youth basketball skills building program for youngsters age 7 to 15 years.  Lead by Darwin Caluza and Margaret Mbwaka, with awesome assistance from rising young basketball stars Roy and Lisa, the program ran every Sunday afternoon through August 26. Under the direction of the team leads and their assistants, it didn't take long for our young basketball enthusiasts to start warm-up exercises and practice basic skills like dribbling with both hands, doing lay-ups, and all kinds of other basketball skill-building drills.  Whether novice or semi-skilled, all participants learned new skills and techniques they could easily put into practice right away. See our photo gallery on our Home page for more photos from the basketball program. Unfortunately, we lost our coach in 2019 so the program is no longer offered. If anyone is interested in being a basketball coach for Thorncliff youth, please contact Randy Niederhaus at 780-405-8866.
 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 THORNCLIFF GREEN SHACK PROGRAM!

THORNCLIFF KIDS ROCK! Children and youth attending the 2018 Thorncliff Green Shack Program won FIRST PRIZE in a city-wide contest to paint the best picture on the front of their summer green shack.  We’re very proud of the art the kids created, featuring the four seasons of the park: spring, summer, fall and winter.  Also shown are the two other sides of the shack painted by the kids.
Below is a photo taken on the last day of the 2018 program and the three people who spent time with the kids last summer. The 2018 Green Shack Supervisor, Banmi (middle) was an amazing instructor and Thorncliff was very fortunate to have her with us. Many thanks to Randy (left) and Thea (right) who provided a daily snack to registered participants courtesy of Thorncliff Community League and Victory Church on the Rock.  When asked what the children liked to eat the best, granola and yogurt seemed to be a big hit.  When asked what activity the kids liked the most, “finding the flag” was a definite favourite!  Many thanks to the City of Edmonton for bringing this program every year in Thorncliff. The Thorncliff Community League faithfully support the Summer Green Shack program each year  through a $1,000 donation.