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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. Results from that feedback can be found in the What We Heard report.

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

To achieve the project objectives, high level spatial quantitative and qualitative data has been analyzed within the Downtown.

View the Analysis Report.

Phase 2 Engagement: Visualize - Complete

The draft policy framework and concept plan was presented to the public and stakeholders during Summer 2018. 

Thank you to all for participating in the Phase Two engagement and providing feedback on the​​​​​​​ Concept Plan (29MB).

Your feedback will be significant as we help shape Edmonton’s Downtown. Results from that feedback can be found in the ​​​​​ What We Heard Report (10MB).


Phase 3

Develop the Plan - In Progress

We have revised the concept plan and recommendations based on feedback in Phase 2. We have integrated them in a draft plan with strategic directions, plan-wide policies, and site-specific actions.  

View the Draft Plan, the Boards and Handouts shared at the drop-in engagement events. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Phase Three engagement. Results from feedback can be found in the What We Heard report (15MB).

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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