Community-Based Projects - Award of Excellence
- Project Developers: Chelsea Boos, Carmen Douville, Erin Ross
- Land Owner: Qualico
- With generous support from: Edmonton Community Foundation, Stollery Charitable Foundation, Sustainable Food Edmonton, Downtown Edmonton Community League, Hole’s Greenhouse, Classic Landscape
Location: CN Bridge spanning 97 Street at 105 Avenue
The LIVINGbridge is an urban intervention on the Station Lands bridge over 97 Street between 104 and 105 Avenue. It was inspired by temporary public gardens that encourage community engagement, sustainable food production, and enjoyment of green space such as Victory Gardens in San Francisco.
Container garden beds were planted with flowers, edible plants, fruit shrubs, and native wildflowers. These drought resistant plants and indigenous edibles lessen water consumption and reduce the environmental impact.
The LIVINGbridge has involved a number of partners in the community through consultation and collaboration. Through urban placemaking, the LIVINGbridge creates space for members of the communities along the garden’s borders to engage. Residents from the Downtown, McCauley and Boyle Street were encouraged to plant, maintain, and enjoy the fruits of the garden, making small-scale food production accessible to members of those neighbourhoods while fostering a sense of ownership of public space.
The site’s location on top of the Station Lands bridge provides a unique vantage point of Chinatown and the downtown core. Meanwhile, the greenery attracts attention to the LIVINGbridge from 97 street below. The project has not only maintained the important existing pedestrian pathway, but beautified and revitalized the area, thereby creating a destination for locals and nearby office workers to rest and relax. The garden has improved the area’s perceived safety and value to the community, neutralizing negative associations and giving rise to spontaneous interactions across socio-economic barriers.
- This is a creative way of doing raised beds.
- This project has the potential to become something important to the community.
- Like the idea of the community taking over abandoned infrastructure with no money.
- This type of project makes cities into better places.
- This project is a star of the competition.
- It hits a lot of points, including indigenous food production and sustainable urban agriculture.
- Edmonton would be a different city if there were hundreds of these projects.