X-country ski lessons

The weather forecast is looking great for the weekend, so we are once again offering x-country ski lessons for beginners or those in need of a refresher. A two day session is planned for Saturday, Feb 20 and Sunday Feb 21. Register online.

Our community trails are expected to be groomed Wednesday, just in time for the warmer weather. Take it outside and enjoy Donna Birkmaier Park.

Beginner Learn to Cross Country Ski Lessons

BCA is pleased to be able to offer beginner lessons in cross country skiing. Lessons will cover the basics of equipment, grip waxing,  stance, balance, movement on skis, diagonal stride, double poling and a gentle introduction to downhill on x-country skis. Lessons will consist of two one hour sessions at Kinsmen Park. Pre-registration is required as class size is limited to 8 participants. We have scheduled the first sessions based on current weather forecasts and will offer more sessions in the future if demand and conditions are favourable. All participants must have their own ski equipment and masks are required, instruction takes place out doors. For more information and to register- Briarwood Online Registration > Home (briarwoodca.com)

Briarwood Outdoor Rink is OPEN!!

Thank you for your assistance and patience while our volunteers worked to get the ice prepared. The rink is now open until 10:00 PM daily. As with everything else, things are a little different this year due to Covid-19: 

  • Based on the current COS guidelines we are not able to place our BCA hockey nets on the rink until at least December 18 unless advised different. Residents are asked to not bring nets and if any nets are left at the rink we will have to remove them. Please see the COS Public Service Announcement (PSA) on our website regarding both indoor and outdoor rinks.
  • At this time BCA will not be providing supervised public skating times due to lack of volunteers. If you are interested and are prepared to follow the requirements for skating supervisors as outlined in the attached PSA then please contact us at briarwoodca@gmail.com and if we have enough volunteers to cover a minimum of 6 hours per week we will reconsider.

Please observe the rink rules posted at the rink was well as the additional Covid-19 protocols. 

We remind residents that this venue is entirely run by volunteers and operating costs are paid by BCA. If you are enjoying this venue and have not yet purchased a BCA membership for 2020-2021 please consider purchase of one using this website.

Happy skating and stay safe!!

City of Saskatoon – Public Service Announcement

https://www.saskatoon.ca/news-releases/covid-19-update-changes-programs-and-services-3

Rink ice is almost ready, but not yet!

Our hardworking volunteers are in the process of flooding however it is imperative that everyone stay off the ice and ensure that ice and snow is not thrown on the surface. Despite all the effort to develop a smooth skating surface we have had several instances of ice and snow being thrown on the rink while the water was still freezing and now we are now trying to remove these lumps without damaging the ice which is proving almost impossible. We need your help to ensure that unsupervised children are aware of this and ask that any adults who witness these actions please intervene. We hope to complete flooding in the next few days however any repairs to the ice will require additional time and the final product is going to be inferior.

Thank you for your assistance and patience.

Briarwood Outdoor Rink – Update!!

Thank you to everyone who came out today (Saturday Nov 21) to help with the liner installation. Due to the large group and calm conditions it went extremely well and we are now in the process of flooding. As a result, it is extremely important that everyone stay off the ice surface until flooding is complete and we post notice that the rink is available for use. As with most other activities, there will be specific rules posted regarding Covid-19 and we ask that everyone adhere to them this winter. We would also like to remind residents that the rink is operated entirely with volunteers and if you are interested in helping with rink maintenance or with rink supervision this winter please contact us at briarwoodca@gmail.com.

Thanks again and stay safe!!

Briarwood Community Association

Briarwood Outdoor Rink – Volunteers Needed!!

As residents may have noticed, we have had our outdoor rink boards installed for a few weeks and we are now planning to install the liner and commence flooding this weekend. We are planning liner installation for 1:00 PM Saturday November 21 and we require a group of 12 – 15 people to assist with rolling out the liner and holding it in place until we get the puck boards and board caps in place to hold the liner until flooding commences. This should not take more than 1 hour. As well, in preparation for installing the liner we have to do some snow removal at the rink site and we are planning to meet at 10:00 AM Saturday November 21 for that work and could use a small number of people to assist with that work as well. Please email us at briarwoodca@gmail.com if you can help us out this weekend with either task. 

For those of you who do not already know, the rink location is behind the Briarwood Community Centre (ball diamond) at 602 Briarwood Road.

Due to risk of Covid-19 transmission we ask that you not attend if you are not feeling well or have any cold symptoms. As well, even though we will be working outside and should be able to maintain 2 metre distancing we would still recommend bringing and wearing a mask.

Thank you!!

Annual General Meeting

Date:              Thursday October 8, 2020

Time:              7:00 PM

Location:      VIRTUAL MEETING VIA ZOOM!!

Agenda:  

Due to the ongoing public health restrictions and risk of Covid-19 transmission we are holding our first “Virtual AGM”. However, participants will still have the opportunity to provide feedback and provide suggestions for future initiatives we should consider. We will have a brief presentation outlining 2019 BCA accomplishments and will also outline the issues we are currently facing due to the Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. We will present our 2019 Financial Statements and 2020 Budget for approval and election of open positions on BCA Board of Directors.

We will conclude with a short presentation from our guest speaker, Jay Magus (City of Saskatoon) who will outline future transportation initiatives that will impact Briarwood including:

· Wess Road Closure

· 8th Street CP Rail Overpass

· Taylor Street extension

· Meadows Parkway

These are all near term (expected within 5 years)

Please contact us at briarwoodca@gmail.com or on Facebook and we will provide the Zoom meeting invitation. We look forward to seeing you VIRTUALLY!!