Thank you for your feedback about the Living Wall demonstration project. Based on positive input from the community, noise monitoring and demonstrated ability of the plant material (willows) to survive Edmonton's climate, we will be moving forward with the living wall on the rest of 91 Street from Mill Woods Road to Whitemud Drive.
Construction of the expanded Tweddle Place dry pond, followed by extension of the wall, will begin in fall 2016.
As a demonstration project, the City of Edmonton is building a three metre tall living wall along a portion of 91 Street just north of Mill Woods Road. It is part of a larger flood mitigation program planned for the Millbourne area. The program will result in the removal of the existing berm along 91 Street from Mill Woods Road to Whitemud Drive to enable expansion of the existing dry ponds on the east side of 91 Street in this section. The berm must be replaced with a suitable sound and visual barrier.
A living wall is an environmentally friendly alternative to walls made out of concrete or other hard materials. The wall is composed of earth, wood and willow shrubs and has proven effective in Europe and eastern Canada and now, Edmonton. The living wall concept aligns with multiple City sustainability objectives, including , increasing biodiversity, improving air quality and green infrastructure innovation.