The City of Edmonton is turning 108 Street, the street leading up to the Legislature building, into a premiere address called Capital Boulevard.
The vision is for the five city blocks of 108 street (between 99 Ave and 104 Ave) to become a visual and physical extension of the Legislature grounds, extending into downtown Edmonton. The boulevard acknowledges and celebrates Edmonton as the capital of Alberta.
Attractive urban design
Capital Boulevard is one of the catalyst projects of the Capital City Downtown Plan and advances the goal of creating a vibrant, well designed, sustainable and accessible downtown.
All of the necessary renovations are complete.
The street features:
- broad tree-lined sidewalks
- enhanced road and sidewalk lighting
- mid-block pedestrian crossings
- high quality street furnishings
- mid-street islands with plans for permanent art installations
The enhanced appearance and improved walkability contribute to making the downtown an attractive place for working, living, learning and visiting.
The City is working with The Places- Art and Design in Public Places to source art to be placed in the centre islands. After it is designed and constructed, the art will make the islands focal points for the street. The City is working to have the temporary art (provided by The Places) installed in late 2015. The permanent art will likely be installed in 2016 and 2017.
Decorative pieces mounted to the top of the streetlight poles were designed by Keith Walker through the Edmonton Arts Council’s Per Cent for Art Program and were installed in November 2014.
Once complete, Capital Boulevard will surely become one of the city’s premiere and most visually attractive streets.