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The evolution of Downtown from 2009 to present. 

Stanley A. Milner Library Reopens

Major transformation of Edmonton's largest and busiest public library is complete. It features an expanded Shelley Milner Children's Library, a 10,000-square-foot Makerspace, a multi-storey interactive simulation wall, an Indigenous gathering space, the Muttart Theatre, and a striking new design for the building's exterior.

Royal Alberta Museum Opens

Western Canada’s largest museum opened its doors in Downtown Edmonton. Within its 400,000+ square feet, it contains galleries devoted to Human History, Natural History, Children’s exhibits, Bugs and Feature exhibits.

100 Street Funicular Opens

Getting to the River Valley from Downtown Edmonton was made easier when the 100 Street Funicular opened in December 2017. The landmark project includes the funicular, elevator, promenade, bridge and Frederick G. Todd Lookout.

Norquest and MacEwan Expansions Complete

Downtown’s two largest post-secondary institutions complete major expansion projects: MacEwan University’s Allard Hall and NorQuest College’s Singhmar Centre for Learning. Together these projects represent an investment of more than $350 million and 650,000 square feet of space.

Alex Decoteau Park Opens

Downtown’s first new park in decades opened at 105 Street and 102 Avenue. The park features a fenced off-leash dog park, community gardens, in-ground fountains, open green space and public art. The park honours Alex Decoteau, Canada’s first aboriginal police officer, Olympic athlete and veteran of the First World War.

Downtown Bike Network Opens

7.8 kilometres of protected bike lanes, shared roadways and paths open in Downtown Edmonton. The bike network helps and inspires Edmontonians of all ages to try new ways of getting to and around Downtown.

Grand Opening of the Armature

The Armature, Edmonton’s first City-led “green street” on 96 Street from Jasper Avenue to 103a Avenue is formally opened in the Quarters. As the neighbourhood develops, it will contain all-season parks, urban plazas, shopping, eating and entertainment areas, and will serve as a hub for all commercial and social activities in the area.

Rogers Place Opens

Rogers Place, the 18,347 seat arena home of the Edmonton Oilers and Oil Kings opens in September. The major Catalyst project is expected to bring 2.5 to 3 million visits to Downtown each year. The project also contains the new Downtown Community Rink.

Capital Plaza and Capital Boulevard Complete

108 Street (Capital Boulevard) from 99 Avenue to 104 Avenue is upgraded with an enhanced streetscape to signify and celebrate this ceremonial street, linking the Alberta Legislature Grounds with MacEwan University.

Capital Plaza opens at the Alberta Legislature Grounds, transforming a surface parking lot into a spectacular and stately gathering place.

Capital City Downtown Community Revitalization Levy Approved

The Capital City Downtown Community Revitalization Levy Plan (Bylaw 16521) is approved, establishing a funding source for a series of Catalyst Projects.

Jasper Avenue New Vision Phase 1 Opens

Jasper Avenue was reconstructed between 100 Street and 102 Street, featuring wider sidewalks, high quality materials and custom street lighting. Project was done in conjunction with repairs to the Central LRT Station structure.

Boyle Street Plaza Opens

The Boyle Renaissance project transformed a city block at 103a Avenue and 95 Street and provides the Quarters area with a community centre, child care, family resource centre, outdoor park space and 150 affordable housing units.

Quarters Downtown Community Revitalization Levy Approved

The Quarters Downtown Community Revitalization Levy Plan (Bylaw 15800) is approved, establishing a funding source for the City’s transformative investments.

Art Gallery of Alberta Opens

The 85,000 square foot, architecturally striking Art Gallery of Alberta opens on Churchill Square.

Capital City Downtown Plan Approved

The award-winning Capital City Downtown Plan (Bylaw 15200) is approved by Council, establishing new policies, new zoning and an ambitious agenda of Catalyst Projects to transform Downtown Edmonton.

Quarters Downtown Urban Design Plan Approved

The Quarters Downtown Urban Design Plan establishes the vision for The Quarters Downtown area.

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