Downtown Edmontonians to welcome first green space in 30 years
After 30 years of seeing no new green space in the core, downtown residents will soon have a brand new park for growing, playing and relaxing.
Alex Decoteau Park, located at 105 Street and 102 Avenue, is slated to open sometime in the beginning of August, according to Martina Gardiner, director of open space planning and design.
“I’m a little biased — we’ve been working on this for ten years — but I’m very excited, and I know our partners in the community are excited,” she said. “There aren’t really any spaces like this in the area for outdoor endeavours during the day.”
The park, which replaced a surface parking lot, will feature a community garden, a fountain, trees, benches, and a first of its kind off-leash dog run for Edmontonians.
What makes the dog space unique is that it’s made out of turf that features a layer of deodorizing material underneath, Gardiner said.
Edmonton’s first downtown park in 30 years officially opens
Downtown Edmonton’s first new park in 30 years officially opened Saturday morning, honouring Canada’s first Indigenous police officer.
The $4.3 million Alex Decoteau Park was transformed from an old parking lot at 105 Street and 102 Avenue.
“It’s a really big deal,” said Martina Gardiner, director of open space infrastructure for the city. “I think what this is- is a catalyst project. We haven’t seen something happen in downtown of this magnitude, scope and scale in thirty years.”
“When you look at downtown it’s very grey. There’s a lot of asphalt, a lot of concrete, a lot of buildings.”
“As soon as a green space pops up it really brings life into the area.”
The park is named after Alex Decoteau, the first Indigenous police officer in the country. The former Edmontonian represented Canada at the 1912 Olympics and served in the First World War. Decoteau was killed in 1917 during the Second Battle of Passchendaele.