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Creating vibrant, welcoming and safe places for people who live, work and play in our Downtown.

Downtown Edmonton is changing. Projects, including the refurbished Legislature Grounds, Ice District and LRT projects, are attracting more development, businesses and people. As Downtown grows, the size, quality, location and connectivity of public places, including our open spaces, parks and plazas, becomes more important.

We are developing the Downtown Public Places Plan to:

  • Turn Downtown public places into comfortable, memorable, attractive destinations and spaces
  • Improve and leverage existing and new connections between Downtown and the River Valley
  • Provide strategic direction for open space development, design and programming in Downtown
  • Focus on the quality, functionality, connectivity and supply of open spaces
  • Provide design recommendations for developments impacting open spaces

Project Timeline

Phase 1

Understand the Context - Completed

Thanks for sharing your ideas about Downtown Public Places.

We thank all of you that participated in one of the Phase One drop-in engagement sessions. Your input will be invaluable as we work towards a new public places plan for Edmonton’s Downtown. 

If you weren’t able to attend a session, presentation materials are still available for review under Project Documents.

Phase 2

Analyze the Site

March - July 2018

Phase 2  Engagement: Visualize

June - July 2018

Objectives

  • Work with the public and stakeholders to review the analysis and evaluate the draft framework

Phase 3

Develop the Plan

May - December 2018

Phase 3 Engagement: Finalize

September - October 2018

Objectives

  • Gather feedback on the proposed draft plan
  • Prioritize public place improvements to inform the implementation plan

Engagement History

Drop-in Events

The project team was on hand to collect thoughts on how we can create great open spaces, parks and plazas at the following drop-in events:

Date: March 8, 2018
Location: Enterprise Square

Date: March 3, 2018
Location: City Market, City Hall

Date: March 1, 2018
Location: Boyle Street Plaza

Date: February 28, 2018
Location: Edmonton Tower

Why Public Places Are Important

Having exceptional public places in Downtown will help Edmonton:

  • Attract families and talent
  • Grow civic pride and identity
  • Improve public health, safety and vibrancy
  • Create opportunities for chance encounters and memorable experiences

Downtown public places provide space for Edmontonians to socialize, celebrate, recharge and live life. These places need to act as the playgrounds, resting spots and social spaces for residents, workers and visitors, while also providing premiere locations to host international and local festivals, events, commerce, arts and culture.

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For More Information

Email downtownpublicplaces@edmonton.ca

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