SOCIALLY it will promote residents to lead healthy lifestyles, and build a sense of community
by offering attractive, welcoming and safe public spaces to convene.
ECONOMICALLY it will be designed as a mixed-use community
so there will be 10,000-12,000 jobs on site.
The design also balances costs and benefits, offering amenities
which contribute to a high quality of life,
but while ensuring that the cost of the homes is available for all
and not just an exclusive few.
ECOLOGICALLY it will be designed to reduce our daily impact on the environment
by being transit-friendly, walkable, and built to use less resources
such as heat, power and water.
With about 74 hectares (183 acres) of parkland and open spaces,
Blatchford’s jewel is its connection to nature.
The new city park, right in the middle of Blatchford, will offer all Edmontonians
a place to enjoy, and be the only city park easily accessed by LRT.
The plan is to offer amenities for all seasons.
Ideas being considered include a skating pond, beach and a toboggan hill.
The park will also be a working landscape.
Two large stormwater ponds will not only capture run-off from the site,
but will also be a beautiful feature to enjoy as you stroll by the ponds.
When the ponds are dug out, rather than trucking the earth offsite,
it will be used to create a large hill on the north side of the park.
This will act as a break from cold northeasterly winds, dampen noise from the nearby
Yellowhead Trail, and offer a great vantage point to view Edmonton’s downtown skyline.
The park will include a variety of landscapes,
from open meadows, to wetlands, to aspen parkland, to urban agriculture.
Around the stormwater ponds, the east side will be more like a boardwalk,
and the west side will be left more natural, giving people different scenery
and options for outdoor recreation.
Creation is a better means of self-expression than possession;
it is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.
Vida D. Scudder
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