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By Mary Saretski

On Saturday April 21, 2018, The City of Edmonton hosted a Building Great Neighbourhoods public engagement forum at Inglewood school to kick of neighbourhood renewal for the community of Inglewood. Renewal will begin in 2019 and take approximately 3 years. This event was to gauge neighbourhood concerns and priorities prior to the renewal work beginning next year.

The Inglewood Community League had a booth at the event. This allowed us to meet our neighbours, directly hear input and feedback and provide anyone interested with a free community league membership, but the primary focus of the booth was to seek Inglewood resident’s feedback on proposed decorative streetlights.

As part of the renewal process Inglewood has the opportunity to get upgraded decorative streetlights and street name blades. The Inglewood Community league is championing the upgrade as it is a once in a generation opportunity to provide an upgrade to our community, and we have struck a Decorative Streetlight Committee. There are different options for the streetlights provided to us by The City of Edmonton and we asked those in attendance to vote for their favourite options.

At Saturday’s event we heard great feedback from the community on the decorative street lights, including the importance of energy efficiency and pathway/sidewalk lighting, as well as on many other topics which we will bring back to the Inglewood Community League board and The City.

Overwhelmingly, people that we spoke to were in favour of the decorative streetlight upgrade, especially given that Inglewood is a heritage neighbourhood. People were very interested in the decorative street signs as we will have the opportunity to put the heritage street name on the blades.

It was great to see so many neighbours out at the Building Great Neighbourhoods event. Another duplicate event is scheduled for Wednesday April 25th, 6:30-9 at The Winnifred Stewart Association. If you were unable to attend on Saturday we encourage you to attend this next session. Once again the Inglewood Community League will have a booth, we’d be pleased to hear from you and once again we’ll be taking votes on the possible streetlight upgrades.

Check out our website for more information: www.inglewoodcl.com

We would also appreciate your feedback on the proposed decorative street lights and neighbourhood renewal, please take 5 minutes to fill out our survey here:   http://bit.ly/inglewood2018