Highlights of the City of Edmonton and the community member’s efforts in Alberta Avenue and McCauley

By Erica Marie

Alberta Avenue and McCauley are some of the oldest neighbourhoods in Edmonton. Inhabited by residents who are passionate about the success of their neighbourhood, the community members and the city of Edmonton work hard to preserve the area’s character and foster connection amongst the people. They are executing revitalization strategies and promoting social engagement through neighbourhood events.

 

Although many new areas have been sprouting up within Edmonton, a unique sense of community can be found in established neighbourhoods. These buildings and houses are filled with generations worth of stories. Street lights, playgrounds, and local shops elicit memories from neighbours who have witnessed the community grow.

ALBERTA AVENUE

Established during the First World War, this is one of Edmonton’s oldest neighbourhoods. Located north of Downtown, it has become the centre for art activities and winter festivals such as the Kaleido and Deep Freeze Festival.

City’s Efforts

 

Community’s Efforts

  • Alberta Avenue Street Team: Residents of Alberta Avenue help keep their main streets clean and safe five days a week by picking up litter and managing public washrooms and graffiti.
  • Eats on 118: Featuring local restaurants, the community invites you to enjoy delicious food while getting to know your neighbours and owners of local businesses.
  • Rat Creek Press: A not-for-profit community newspaper showcasing news, updates, and events in seven neighbourhoods of north-central Edmonton, including Alberta Avenue

City’s Efforts

Community’s Efforts

  • Alberta Avenue Street Team: Residents of Alberta Avenue help keep their main streets clean and safe five days a week by picking up litter and managing public washrooms and graffiti.
  • Eats on 118: Featuring local restaurants, the community invites you to enjoy delicious food while getting to know your neighbours and owners of local businesses.
  • Rat Creek Press: A not-for-profit community newspaper showcasing news, updates, and events in seven neighbourhoods of north-central Edmonton, including Alberta Avenue.

Community Highlights

  • Deep Freeze: A winter event by Arts on the Ave, filled with light installations and ice sculptures. Enjoy the festivities with music, art, and treats from some of Edmonton’s talented artists and local coffeehouse.
  • Best Restaurants: Featured in EDify’s March edition of Best Restaurants of 2022 are Alberta Avenue’s culture-rich restaurants – Swagat Indian Bar, Green Onion Cake Man and Otto Food and Drink.

MCCAULEY

Named after the first mayor of Edmonton, Matthew McCauley, this neighbourhood consists of a demographically diverse population. It is home to many religious buildings, the Commonwealth Stadium and Chinatown. Situated just north-east of Downtown, it is one of the most walkable neighbourhoods in Edmonton.

City’s Efforts

  • McCauley Neighbourhood Renewal: Feedback from the community was just received this month and will be used to shape the renewal design for streets and public open spaces in Boyle Street and McCauley. The construction is estimated to begin in 2023.
  • McCauley Revitalization Strategy: Approved by the Edmonton City Council in 2010, some of their objectives include improving the area’s safety, providing sustainable housing, and creating a cultural experience in the neighbourhood.

 

Community’s Efforts

  • Safer McCauley: Their initiative aims to make the community safer, connected, and vibrant by focusing on crime prevention strategies in the neighbourhood’s physical and social environments. Encouraging social cohesion, community culture, and proper surveillance are just some of the practices they are putting in place.
  • Light Up McCauley: A neighbourhood-wide lighting campaign to prevent crime, highlight the neighbourhood’s space and enhance the beautification of the area.
  • Boyle McCauley News: A non-profit newspaper made up of people who live and work in Boyle Street and McCauley. They feature stories on the issues affecting the community and highlight the positive aspects of the neighbourhood.

City’s Efforts

  • McCauley Neighbourhood Renewal: Feedback from the community was just received this month and will be used to shape the renewal design for streets and public open spaces in Boyle Street and McCauley. The construction is estimated to begin in 2023.
  • McCauley Revitalization Strategy: Approved by the Edmonton City Council in 2010, some of their objectives include improving the area’s safety, providing sustainable housing, and creating a cultural experience in the neighbourhood.

 

Community’s Efforts

  • Safer McCauley: Their initiative aims to make the community safer, connected, and vibrant by focusing on crime prevention strategies in the neighbourhood’s physical and social environments. Encouraging social cohesion, community culture, and proper surveillance are just some of the practices they are putting in place.
  • Light Up McCauley: A neighbourhood-wide lighting campaign to prevent crime, highlight the neighbourhood’s space and enhance the beautification of the area.
  • Boyle McCauley News: A non-profit newspaper made up of people who live and work in Boyle Street and McCauley. They feature stories on the issues affecting the community and highlight the positive aspects of the neighbourhood.

Community Highlights

  • Family Day Festivities: The McCauley Community League hosted a Family Day event last month featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, skating, and live fiddle music.
  • Pop-Art Installations in Giovanni Caboto Park: In November of last year, The Works Art and Design Festival presented colourful light installations by indigenous artists Brittany Cherweniuk, Sharon Rose Kootenay and Jayson Symington.

 

These neighbourhoods actively encourage community participation by organizing events, communicating through various platforms such as social media and the local paper, and promoting businesses in the area. This embodies the true sense of a community that cultivates connection within its residents and creates a safe place to live.

 

For more information on the Edmonton CDC’s involvement in these neighbourhoods, click here.

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