You are all so clever! Here are some of the name suggestions we received during the naming competition in May 2017 for the Whyte Ave Alley.
(Grant) Notley Nexus
Grant Notley represented Edmonton very well during his life. In particular, he reflected values shared by a large part of this community.
Alley McAlley Face
Because it's the best name. Also because you would get about 500,000 tourists due to the internet cultural reference (see Boaty McBoatFace).
Joseph Mcdonald Alley
Strathcona is a community built on land donated from Joseph Macdonald's River Lot #11 farming claim. Macdonald was the Metis son of "Big Donald" Macdonald, one of the earliest fur traders in the Edmonton area (first visited Fort Edmonton 1806), and his Metis wife Jeanne Beaudry.
It merges both colour and freedom into a great collective space.
It's the cree word for brightly coloured; very clearly, fluently.
To honour the history of the land and continue the efforts of reconciliation.
The alley is an urban playground. My proposed name reflects the first physical playground built in Edmonton.
The Edmonton and Calgary Gyro Service Clubs were formed in 1921. The development of playgrounds became a natural fit.
The first Gyro Playground in Edmonton opened in 1922 at Patricia Square (95 Street and 108 Avenue). The location has since been renamed Giovanni Caboto Park.
The alley looks colorful, and a happy space with the new paint. It will add to Whyte Avenue which has always been the "pot of gold" community for social gatherings, coffee dates, dinners out, and boutique shopping.
Spur Line Lane
Whyte Avenue was originally named after Sir William Whyte who was a railway executive for the Canadian Pacific Railway. A spur line is a branch line off a main railway. And this alley is a branch off Whyte Ave - hence Spur Line Lane.
The Back Way
I have been a busker and a patron on Whyte Ave for twenty years. I have been down this alley countless times. I have always referred to it as taking the back way. Often having a guitar and usually also a bicycle with me, it commonly is a bit of a squeeze to get through the crowd on the Avenue to get up the block to where I prefer to perform. The Back Way has always been a trusted route to more easily get up the block for myself and others.
My late husband Rene, and one of ours dogs, Axl, both passed away in May 2013. We walked together every day. When I saw the picture of the alley the name just came to me.