The City of Edmonton is holding a final public engagement session for the Exhibition Lands Redevelopment on Thursday, giving residents a final look and chance to provide input on the plans.

3D model of Exhibition Lands, image via City of Edmonton

The Exhibition Lands encompass 200 acres of redevelopment opportunity that has opened up with the closure and anticipated demolition of the Northlands Coliseum, Racetrack, and Casino, along with the surrounding parking lots and other underutilized properties.

Northlands marker sign, photo by Jason Woodhead via Flickr

In previous engagements, the city presented a number of options and collected input on what citizens liked and disliked about each. The resulting plan being presented represents a culmination of those preferences and ideas.

Plan highlights, image via City of Edmonton

Highlights of the proposed plan include:

  • Re-linking the split Wayne Gretzky Drive
  • Relocating Coliseum LRT Station further north
  • Constructing a new LRT Station near 115 Avenue
  • Reconnecting 115 Avenue across the LRT right-of-way (ROW), extending the road north and east, reconnecting with 116 Avenue across Wayne Gretzky Drive
  • Reconnecting 120 Avenue across Wayne Gretzky Drive and the LRT ROW
  • Expanding Borden Park and providing greenspace linkages throughout the area
  • Mixed-use transit villages at the new LRT stations
  • New residential development opportunities
  • New employment and education nodes
  • A new LRT car storage and cleaning facility

A number of ideas were cut from the final plan, most notably the proposal to bring 118 Avenue to grade at the LRT tracks. The Edmonton Expo Centre is also expected to remain as-is, albeit with surface parking reduced and reconfigured.

Coliseum and LRT line (2016), photo by Dave Sutherland

The public engagement event will be held on January 23 at the Bellevue Community League (7308 112 Avenue NW) from 5:30 until 8 pm.

SkyriseEdmonton will continue to follow this project at is progresses. More information can be found in our project Database file linked below. What do you think of the proposed Exhibition Lands plan? Leave a comment below, or join the conversation in our Forum!