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Edmonton downtown park moves a step closer to reality

This downtown parking lot will be turned into an urban oasis next year.

Kevin Tuong / For Metro

This downtown parking lot will be turned into an urban oasis next year.

Downtown residents are excited about another sign the area is becoming a more welcoming place for families to live.

City crews have recently installed a new sign heralding the construction in the year ahead of Alex Decoteau Park at the corner of 102 Avenue and 105 Street.

“Having a sign on the site really gets us to that next step of realization,” said Ian O’Donnell, vice-president of the Downtown Edmonton Community League.

O’Donnell said the park is going to be really valuable to downtown residents, because most live in high rises that offer little green space.

“The need of green space, open space, park space is vital so people have that opportunity to use that park as their backyard,” he said. 

The current design for the park, which will be built over the current ImPark lot, includes an off-leash area for dogs and a community garden. The community league helped the city with the consultations on what should go in the space and O’Donnell said he believes they found the right balance.

“We have been trying to find out what people really desire and what people want to have,” he said. 

In addition to the small park, the city’s long-term plans envision a large park with sports fields and playgrounds in the warehouse district, but firm plans have not yet been developed.

O’Donnell said after the park is developed that will be the next need for the community.

“We will need more green space. We will need an area for children.”

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