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106 Street Fest coming to Edmonton as community leagues ban together

There’s a new urban trend in Edmonton that isn’t confined to the city core.

Community leagues strapped for money, volunteers and time are banding together in order to get bigger things done.

The latest venture is a partnership between five community leagues south of the river to form 106 St. Fest.

Strathcona, Queen Alexandra, Allendale and Pleasantview and Empire Park are all pitching in ideas on how to get people to explore the north-south corridor by leaving the car at home.

“The purpose is to celebrate all the resources and services we have in the community,” said Emily Vespi, co-organizer of the event, which kicks off on May 23.

But even more so, the event is about reminding people that 106 Street is a major corridor for citizens and encourages people to take their bikes or walk along a street known for projects like its winter bike program.

“We’re celebrating 106 Street as a route to get to those things in our communities,” Vespi said.

Habib Fatmi, community development advisor with Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, said brainstorming and event planning helps people feel welcomed in their communities.

“It’s the idea of living local. We encourage people to get to know your neighbours and when they get together, great things happen.”

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