Another week, another Weekender – welcome! Our stories from the last seven days are a real mixed bag, including a waterslide park retrospective, tips for beautifying your backyard and a feature on one of Calgary’s most popular public parks.

This week in CREB®Now

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Six easy ways to spruce up your backyard for summer

This summer, many Calgarians will likely be spending more time in their backyard than ever before as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. This is all well and good if you were already a landscaping and outdoor-design expert, but if your yard has seen better days, we’re here to help.

A photo of Bonzai in all its glory during the summer of 1985.
Courtesy of Wayne Henuset

Fleeting fun: remembering Calgary’s Bonzai waterslide park

Everyone should read this feature, it’s got everything you could possibly want in a story: fun historical tidbits,’80s hair and fashion, a potent dose of nostalgia for longtime Calgarians… Oh, and waterslides, obviously.

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Local leisure: Confederation Park one of many Calgary green spaces seeing rise in visitors due to COVID-19

Calgary’s parks are having a banner year for visitors thanks to COVID-19, as fresh air and a dose of nature continue to be one of the best cures for pandemic-related anxieties and cabin fever. They are not, however, a cure for COVID-19 itself, so if you’re sick, please stay home.


The renovated kitchen in Van Rosendaal’s first home, where she still lives. Courtesy of Julie Van Rosendaal

My First Home: Julie Van Rosendaal, cookbook author & food columnist

If you’re a fan of her recipes or her drool-inducing food shots on Instagram, you’ll want to check out the story of Julie van Rosendaal’s quirky first (and current) home in Ramsay.

The funnies

You think you’ve seen it all and then THIS comes along. Eccentric doesn’t even begin to cover it…

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Have a great weekend!