Improvements to 107 Avenue, from 101 Street to 122 Street, will help enhance community connections.
Virtual Ideas Workshops - June 2021
Thank you for joining the Virtual Ideas Workshops on June 23 and 26. Participants were provided an overview of the project and ideas for the streetscape opportunities, alley pilot, gateway features and the art park for their feedback.
Input received at the events and the online survey will help shape the design for each element. Further public opportunities to view the designs and share feedback will be available later this year.
107 Avenue is a significant commercial roadway intersecting several communities in Edmonton. The Central MacDougall/Queen Mary Park segment of 107 Avenue is described by some within the community as where the world meets in Edmonton.
107 Avenue acts as a main street in the area, populated by businesses, services and multi-unit residences. The area is rich in character, welcoming generations of newcomers to Edmonton and provides the community with a strong cross-cultural influence.
Improvements to 107 Avenue have been identified through the Neighbourhood Revitalization Program. A comprehensive Urban Design Analysis for the communities was completed and shared with Edmontonians in February 2017. Following extensive consultation with a variety of community stakeholders, this analysis suggested improvements that would support the overarching goals of the program which include:
Developing safer communities
Create beautiful neighbourhoods
Build a dynamic economic environment
Connect our community
The project area is from 101 Street to 122 Street within Queen Mary Park (west of 109 Street) and Central McDougall (east of 109 Street).
The alleys along 107 Avenue are unique, with each block intersected by an alleyway entrance. This project will identify one alley to animate and design to create a welcoming space. The project team will be using Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles while providing opportunities to program the alley for events.
Gateway Elements are unique entrance features used to define the neighbourhood and are specific to each community. These gateway features are intended to visually welcome people to the area and create visual connections between the neighbourhoods, 107 Avenue and the downtown area.
Another key initiative identified through the Urban Design Analysis was the 107 Avenue Public Space. A potential art park at 10425 107 Avenue has the potential to provide residents with a community destination. This project will provide a concept plan for the park that will be considered for construction in the future.
The intent of these improvements is to:
Enhance area attractiveness
Retain residents and businesses in the community
Strengthen the character and diversity that exists along 107 Avenue
Incorporate the area’s history, community connections and cultural influences
These are to be reflected, incorporated and celebrated as part of the design for the initiatives in this area.
The 107 Avenue Revitalization Project is funded through the Neighbourhood Revitalization Program. Streetscape upgrades, gateway elements and alley improvements are for design and construction. The public space is currently funded for concept design. The potential art park will be considered for construction in the future.
A comprehensive engagement process will be undertaken to understand opportunities and issues and to learn what residents, stakeholders and the public think about location, design and other critical elements for the 4 initiatives.
With public events postponed and physical distancing a priority, we are committed to delivering project information and meaningful online public engagement opportunities. We look forward to connecting with you and hearing your perspectives as we move toward creating the neighbourhood design for 107 Avenue's future.
Stakeholder Advisory Group
A stakeholder advisory group, made up of neighbourhood residents as well as representatives from area businesses, groups and organizations, will be formed. This group will provide local knowledge and share ideas on the best way to engage with the community specifically on the 107 Avenue Revitalization Project.
2021 - 2022
Construction anticipated to begin
Detailed design for streetscape improvements, gateway features and alley upgrades
Spring - Fall
Concept and preliminary design for all 4 initiatives