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City closer to changing downtown Edmonton parking lot, putting up paradise

Downtown dwellers are a little closer to having a place to toss a ball around or take a quiet walk.

City officials have applied to rezone a parcel of land on 105 Street and 102 Avenue to become a public park. Tom Beck, a senior planner with the city, said it’s the first step toward building the park people want.

“We think it’s a really important amenity for the people who live in the area now and the many thousands who are going to live there in the future,” he said.

Beck said after the rezoning is complete they can start to work on design and community consultation.

Coun. Scott McKeen, who represents the area, said it’s absolutely essential to have more park space downtown.

“It’s one piece of the park system we need to build downtown to make downtown more attractive to families,” he said.

McKeen said in addition to being good for the area, bringing more people to live downtown is good for the whole city.

“This is about increasing the density in the core so our downtown works better and our city is more financially sustainable,” he said.

The project has a rough budget estimate of $2 million and will be paid for through the downtown community revitalization levy, which is also paying for the arena.

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