About the Revitalization
In June 2018, Balwin and Belvedere communities were approved by City Council for the Neighbourhood Revitalization program.
The program uses an asset and place-based community development model to identify strengths and assets of the neighbourhood. Members of the neighbourhoods have powerful and crucial roles to play in the revitalization process by sharing their unique perspectives on what the future of their neighbourhood could look like and what can be done to make this happen. The program includes operating and capital investments in the social and physical infrastructure.
Over the course of 2018-2019 the City of Edmonton worked with Balwin and Belvedere community members (through a strategy development community working group, focused neighbourhood discussions and large public engagement drop in events) to gather input and identify key components of the Revitalization strategy.
Resources to support some of the physical infrastructure development in Balwin and Belvedere falls under the Neighbourhood Revitalization Capital Investment Plan. Capital investments may include replacing old for new infrastructure. Some examples are enhanced lighting, benches, public art, wayfinding features and park redevelopment. Investments in physical infrastructure enhance public spaces such as roadways, alleys, open spaces, and parks, to increase social connection, beautification, economic vibrancy and safety.
Neighbourhood Revitalization Capital Investment follows the City of Edmonton’s Project Develop and Delivery Model (PDDM). As projects go through the strategy, concept, design, build, and operation phases, the PDDM establishes set checkpoints. It is intended to ensure that all City projects have completed necessary checkpoints before being considered for the delivery phase.
The Community Capital Project Team was an integral part of the Revitalization program’s process for capital investment. This team, made up of residents and a non-profit representative, formed early in 2020 and worked on developing and implementing tools to gather feedback from the neighbourhoods.
What We Heard Report (Fall 2020)
completed May 2021
In Spring 2022, all capital projects are currently in the Concept and Design phase. There will be additional public engagement conducted in Summer 2022 where the public will be invited to share their feedback on the early concepts for the park redevelopments. For transportation improvements, there may be additional public engagement starting in 2022 to determine the specifics of improvements to be implemented. In Fall 2022, Neighbourhood Revitalization will return to City Council with a capital profile proposal to request additional funding for the Build and Operation phases of the projects.
The Revitalization Strategy
The City’s project team and the community members presented the Balwin and Belvedere Revitalization Strategy which highlights the neighbourhood’s vision, goals, and community-led projects selected for the first few years.
- Balwin and Belvedere Revitalization Strategy (Detailed)
- Balwin and Belvedere Revitalization Strategy (One-Pager)
- What We Heard Report
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